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All right and olive branch arizonans or a photo op a lot of folks aren't -- they do know that John Morton.
Is going to be heading out to Arizona will be in Phoenix that tomorrow -- visiting with state officials in the middle of this whole.
Illegal crack down message director of the US immigration and customs enforcement -- right now John Morton as he gets ready to take off of us are good to have you.
Thank you nailed -- -- be here on your visit is stirring up a hole.
Hornet's nest of controversy.
Many arizonans and want you just.
Stay home more or better to go to Phoenix go to the Mexico border with Arizona.
-- what he's.
I've been Arizona.
This -- my fifth time to the state of into the border been two.
Phoenix than the Mexico on the other side of the border we're just engaging in good ol' fashioned a law enforcement there's no.
Vacation no politics no photo -- it's.
Just my job is the director of the agency so what are you doing in Phoenix.
Well we're going to announce.
The results of an enforcement operation we're gonna meet with.
Law enforcement officials and we're gonna go to one of our larger immigration detention facilities that.
Happens to be in the state.
You know there are a lot of angry folks there and even within our -- salute -- many members or who have expressed no confidence.
In you know maybe -- you know to a large extent it and then.
In the administration.
As far as being serious about cracking down on illegals my answer them.
Yeah let me just -- -- that directly what is the criticism that somehow where any enforcement were pro amnesty we're giving away the store.
And it's simply not true the facts -- the exact opposite just take a look at the record and you'll.
Get right there's no administration in the history of this country.
That's removed more people from the United States which set a record number of a convicted criminals removed from the United States we're gonna.
Beat that record again this year record number of of employers investigated and arrested for illegal hiring.
Record number of audits record number of personnel along the border Border Patrol agents ice agents ice officers were sent of the guard down -- on the way.
You know there are soaring rhetoric -- over -- -- race -- the 12100.
A border guards that were being sent.
I'm referring to the 12100 national Guardsmen.
That our -- starting to -- and will be at full deployment within thirty to sixty days.
I'm referring to the supplemental appropriation.
Not having worked -- a little bit more than one person Vermont now and the reason why mention -- directors that a lot of folks and editors say does not edit protection.
Especially when a lot of your own.
Are afraid that.
Their role it's been reduced to administrative type jobs more than enforce.
Jobs but it deepened the reverse is true and again and want it makes it wise decision -- Listen you'll have to ask them ask them.
How they have the criticism in the face of the clear a record.
Not everything my answer I -- visionaries saying but director what they're saying is that when illegals for example are brought to them and they have to bring them.
To higher ups with a nice the higher ups that just shrugged -- -- -- and ignore.
Well that's just simply not true how would that be true and at the same time.
Well we've removed a record number of people across so many years.
Still here so what there's there's so many are still here they're not big sit back to wherever they're from.
And we have more crowding out of prisons at some of these sheriffs who I'm sure you're going to be meeting with tomorrow.
Who claimed that -- jails are bursting because there's nowhere to send these people.
-- we have done more than any other administration history of this country we have resources from congress to move about 400000 people a year.
And the question is how -- we use those resources and we focus on national security and criminal.
Aliens would focus on securing the border and we focus on those people that game the system and we have done more.
-- those resources than any other administration in the history of this country.
Then why has so why it's time does not know why it's so much -- and according to many arizonans.
Wasted on battling them over this crackdown that they say just.
Federal law as it is that the administration has spent a great deal of money time and personal capitals -- equity.
I'm fighting that.
Rather than fight the problem that the -- -- Now the administration has spent a great deal of the time personnel and effort.
On law enforcement in Arizona along the border why but is there a record level of Border Patrol agents ice agents ice officers on the board.
And one and I what you're not getting along so finally -- find that you make a good point then why not.
Allow what you're doing on top of what Arizona started and -- like double bang for the buck.
Why start going into this Lotta -- arizonans -- -- -- went back now all of sudden.
We're racist and everything -- that we're doing is is you know.
Against the constitution and against our country.
And they did steel look if you're hot to -- to deal with this problem hasn't you say you are then then worked in concert with them -- what they're doing as.
Well -- what you're.
-- we work with a look state local law enforcement every day to secure communities through the 287 G program.
I know you're saying -- that's -- -- near Manila and local news downs director.
Isn't the way to do what they're doing isn't.
The proper way to do it what they're saying is what you're doing despite your efforts I -- you say.
You don't quite a bit.
I had enough -- -- cutting in and they're dealing with don't want them problem so they're -- matters -- their own hands and welcome your hands helping as well but certainly not -- -- What he's -- that -- let me finish.
I understand the frustration of communities.
Along the border when it comes to illegal immigration.
I don't think.
And this administration doesn't think that fifty -- different immigration enforcement regimes is the answer.
We need strong enforcement coupled with immigration reform that makes sense that has secures our border.
You can provide for good legal avenues for workers and families to come here.
And has a rational firm fair way to deal with long term residents.
An enforcement only solution is not the answer to ten point eight million people here in the country.
And there's no question that we demonstrated that we're serious on enforcement.
We also need to be serious on.
-- comprehensive federal immigration reform we need good people on both sides of the aisle to work with -- -- get there it's a tough issue.
Good folks can differ about immigration the devil is in the details but we got to work on it together can't just keep kicking the can down the road -- on this issue for the next.
-- -- -- -- Kicked the can't overall debate failure -- and in the rear to activate the -- they're trying to do their best to do the very things you say you're trying to.
And that the administration has spent its far much more time.
Legally fighting them trying to crack down on this problem then address this problem I know you might quibble with that notion.
But when you go to Phoenix and -- -- officials.
How we disavow them of the notion.
Is out to get them not help.
By doing what we've been doing all along keep going around at Arizona saints -- still wanted to but I didn't do.
And I guess it's not a Red -- register that's on I don't think.
I don't think that's the truth.
There are people who have frustration.
Illegal immigration people recognize.
That ice in the department of homeland security and this secretary have brought a level of enforcement that is unparalleled you can't argue with the results of the statistics.
And they recognize.
You know obviously Senator Kennedy senator Arizona's ten to -- And seven -- ten Americans polled on this very issue can.
Their equivalent with those results they're not -- those results they don't feel you are making progress I take nothing away directory you're working hard to address this.
And and I know you had a herculean work weights but the fact of the matter is for all our hard work and -- out there.
On most folks there here everywhere.
Say you know -- get -- done.
And I don't think that's quite right and I think when you look at what most people they feel they have once feel a frustration over illegal immigration.
But they also recognize.
Comprehensive federal reform.
Is the answer that removing every single person in this country all ten point eight million of them.
Isn't sensible isn't.
Gonna happen there isn't the money to do it and that we need a balanced approach that -- serious on enforcement and at the same time.
We're not gonna remove someone who's been here thirty years came as three year old.
Ends up -- you know having a good job marry a US citizen has US citizens -- And what does that may does that mean mr.
-- that this -- moment circulated about.
Maybe granting amnesty.
To a lot of maybe millions.
Is in the offing and it is being -- -- It isn't that now memo was a draft it wasn't an ice memo and I can tell you who would out.
When -- when guys have run now by you right.
Most you never saw that draft I mean that's your note about -- That draft memo was from a different part of the Department of Homeland Security is not the official -- -- what you heard it when you heard about that director what did you think.
I was unaware that memo and I can tell you without question there is no plan afoot to grant.
Who have deferred action to ever -- -- -- it's -- -- how -- you -- you didn't even -- memo.
Popped up outside your offices.
So obviously someone -- -- security was drafting this thing.
Didn't get your attention as I would think it properly said.
So someone it's -- in the senate draft or otherwise.
-- he'll have to.
Speak to the folks -- citizenship and immigration services but I can tell you.
That's and they don't know you don't you guys -- designed to mammals talked -- there is a regular deliberation.
Of folks within the department but I can tell you that is not the position it's not the position of -- -- -- nothing is -- no amnesty is coming.
There is no plan to grant deferred action to every single.
Alien immunized so that's already have -- -- -- want competitive.
How about -- amnesty.
To a large.
Number the president has doesn't support amnesty the secretary doesn't support amnesty I don't support amnesty we support comprehensive federal immigration reform.
That provides for a strong.
Border -- understood the urgency that you -- this draft number was just after apparently didn't go much for utter.
From the paper was -- To my knowledge yes you're asking about a memo that heightened didn't write and -- from my agency understood.
Director it was very nice -- -- it's hard to talk to us and and I appreciate that John Morton district it's in.
My pleasure by.
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