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A major development in the battle for immigration reform with the senate now considering a landmark bill as -- awaited key votes.
On a crucial amendments that bill that calls for a -- -- border security they're calling it the border surge amendment and includes.
An additional 20000 Border Patrol agents and more than 700 miles of fencing essentially says -- Put 350 miles more to the existing 350 miles at the 2000 mile border.
What about the border states so how did they figure -- immigration reform we ask Senator John McCain that question when he was a guest on happening now on Friday take a listen.
When the provisions of the bill it is if after five years we have not achieve certain goals.
That there will be a commission to spend additional funds in most of them members that commission will be from states that are affected by or.
And on the Eric Mexico's southern border and some on our northern border.
I'm John McCain from -- let's -- of the governor of that state is not -- energy emperor Republican from Arizona joins us now so.
Senator McCain -- in five year maybe there's a commission and governor but what do you think so far had Heidi feel about this -- surge amendment and how.
The State's concerns are being considered here.
Well let me begin by saying Janet I'm really really.
Victory for Arizona regards to the border search I was.
Riding to the federal government to senator Schumer way back in June of 2010 and we guards.
-- to the -- surge that we needed to see completed.
Before we move forward so today.
Hopefully that it will get out of the senate and we can see that they are gonna move forward so I'm very pleased about that.
My concern of course at what as always has been is that we don't want to have the same situation.
This happened in the past we need to see that the border is under somewhat -- with some type of operational control.
Before anything else I believe -- to get past.
So I -- -- you know -- there because say I did ask senator worker about that on Friday he said once all of these different security.
Variables are in place the border will be secure.
And we've heard different things about apprehension percentages for example that will prove that the border secure how would how would you.
Dean's success of a secure a border governor.
Me say first and foremost I think a lot of the data that we received in the past you know data can be whatever anybody wants to make -- the bottom line is I think that.
We need to rely on our Border Patrol.
When they say that it's under operational control our.
Our law enforcement that the board that the border governors.
People that are living it every day day in and day out they're the ones that should be able to -- say.
This time the border is under operational control because we are the recipients.
Of all the bad that takes place what the borders yeah.
-- -- -- -- -- I have even approach at all by any not lawmakers to be -- this sad mission in five years or.
-- approach in any way to talk about how you would hold the federal governments accountable for this new.
-- -- Well certainly had been in contact with Senator McCain and senator flake in my congressional delegation I was just recently on the phone with Matt Salmon.
Who is working diligently over in the house to come up with solutions so hopefully together as is bill moves out of the senate think -- over to that.
To the house we can come up with a solution and the united states of the man.
And that's a big wet and he's got a live on the show and -- and I have about a minute -- -- at this final question in because it's been that they topic of conversation for our viewers.
And seven also lawmakers about the debate about more big government and other big bill another big federal program.
How do you feel about that governor is is this the wrong move when we look at it in that -- prison if you well.
You know this is a big issue so probably needs a big bill but let's hope that they read it with a fine tooth -- In the past we haven't had a lot of good -- Reason to believe that they read those great big bills so someone better be going through what the fine tooth.
Com and do it right this time they need to do it right.
We looked sort of checking back in with you as -- see what happens the amendment this evening nots of the bill overall when he goes the house -- -- big question.
Governor -- always nice -- on the program thank you so much.
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