Today, leading Senate Democrats Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) unveiled a plan to spend an additional $600 million on border security.
This follows months of Republican complaints that the President is “doing next to nothing to secure the border,” despite the cold hard fact that spending on border security is higher than ever and that crime rates in Arizona are down. Republicans have been pegged with blatantly false claims such as Phoenix being the “number two kidnapping capital of the world” (false) or that there is a frightening surge of beheadings in the state (false).
According to America’s Voice Executive Director Frank Sharry:
The irony of course is that the U.S.-Mexico border is in fact safer than ever, our spending on border security is the highest in U.S. history, and illegal immigration rates are at a historic low. Nevertheless, Democrats are charging towards the red flag waved by the Republicans who mindlessly repeat the mantra of border security first. They all know that the only way to secure the border is through comprehensive immigration reform that fixes our dysfunctional immigration system instead of playing politics with it.