Jul 07 2010
Meghan Hughes (202-224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864-250-1417)
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on the Department of Justice (DOJ) lawsuit against the state of Arizona.
"I believe the DOJ lawsuit will be counter-productive when it comes to finding a solution to our immigration problems. It is clear the people of Arizona believe the federal government has let them down when it comes to securing our border. And most Americans feel strongly that we must make sincere and meaningful efforts to secure our borders now.
“The people of Arizona are not the problem. It is the failure of the federal government to secure our borders that is the real problem.
“The resources being dedicated to this lawsuit should be directed to border security. Once progress is made securing our border, our nation can look to comprehensive reform.
“The raging war in Mexico between the government and drug cartels has dramatically increased violence along the border. More resources should be deployed to that area. It should include more National Guard troops, Border Patrol agents, unmanned aerial vehicles, and other security measures.”