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Immigration Issue To Play Key Role In Campaign

Immigration Issue To Play Key Role In Campaign

You might have had a three day weekend to celebrate our country’s independence, but the border crisis hasn’t let up, and politicians didn’t take any time off from pointing the finger of blame at each other. And the experts say that won’t change until Election Day.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told NBC's Meet the Press they will get a handle on securing the border.

“We have to do right by the children. I have personally encountered enough of them to know that we have to do right by the children. But, at the end of the day, in the final analysis, our border is not open to illegal migration. And we will stem the tide,” Johnson said.

Johnson says that officials are doing what they can to ease the crisis at the Texas-Mexico border.

"We will stem this tide. We are doing a number of things to do that. With regards to the adult population, who are coming here without their kids, we have dramatically reduced the turnaround time from something like 33 days down to four days,” Johnson explained.

But Texas Governor Rick Perry told ABC's 'This Week' he doesn't believe Johnson and says Border Patrol agents are fighting a losing battle.

“There are 15 agents per mile from El Paso to California. In Texas that number is seven,” Perry said.

And Perry says he thinks President Obama needs to answer some tough questions as to why this is all happening.

“When you don’t respond you are either inept or have some ulterior motive,” Perry stated.

And with both sides continue to throw verbal shots at each other over the crisis, SMU political scientist Cal Jillson told KTRH the issue will be used as a tool to get you to vote in November.

“Only 14% of registered voters turned out for the Texas primaries in March, and only half of that number for the runoff,” Jillson said.

Jillson says that even though the economy may be a bigger issue, the border crisis is more emotional and an issue lawmakers think will move you to take action.

 

 

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