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Kyl: Obama says he won't secure the border without comprehensive immigration reform (UPDATE: backtracks?)

[See the second update]

The attached video (around 3:40, available at peekURL.com/v6robbv ) has Senator Jon Kyl making this shocking claim about a private meeting he had with Barack Obama:

"Here's what the president said. The problem is, he said, if we secure the border, then you all won’t have any reason to support comprehensive immigration reform. In other words, they’re holding it hostage. They don’t want to secure the border unless and until it is combined with comprehensive immigration reform.

There isn't much reason for Kyl not to be telling the truth, and his claim matches the actions of the Obama administration. They're promoting "reform" (aka amnesty) at the same time as failing to secure the border. Like the Bush administration, they're trying to pretend they're interested in securing the border while at the same time not really doing anything.

As for whether what Obama said is this grounds for impeachment and whether hearsay would be acceptable evidence isn't clear.

However, this does give those who are willing to do something an opportunity. Go to a public appearance by a Democrat, read them Kyl's quote, and ask them specifically to detail how they intend to secure the border now, without waiting for "reform".

6/21/10 UPDATE: Per this:

...in a statement to POLITICO, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer denied Kyl’s account of the conversation, saying “the president didn’t say that and Senator Kyl knows it.”

“There are more resources dedicated toward border security today than ever before, but, as the President has made clear, truly securing the border will require a comprehensive solution to our broken immigration system,” Pfeiffer said...

...Kyl spokesman Ryan Patmintra said the senator is not backing down from his assertion, despite the White House’s denial.

“There were two people in that meeting, and Dan Pfieffer was not one of them,” Patmintra said. “Senator Kyl stands by his remarks, and the White House spokesman’s pushback that you must have comprehensive immigration reform to secure the border only confirms Senator Kyl’s account.”

6/26/10 UPDATE: Per Robert Costa of the National Review (link):

Kyl tells us that the comments [on the video] were “taken a bit out of context,” and that the “they” he was referring to was the Left, “the president’s base,” and not the administration. “I did not try to start a fight. This meeting happened a month ago and we were talking in the context of his political problems. He was talking about how they think that if we secure the border, you guys [Republicans] won’t have the incentive to work on comprehensive immigration reform.”

See the first update, where his spokesman says he stands by his remarks. Now, he's saying that his remarks were taken out of context. That doesn't speak to Kyl being a trustworthy source. Obama probably said what he's quoted as saying at the start of this post and Kyl is probably just seeking political cover, but now I'm less inclined to believe him.

Other tags: obama immigration

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