By The Associated Press 31 minutes ago
Quotes in response to President Bush's border security
"It is not enough for President Bush to tell us he
wants to increase security at our borders. After all,
he's had five years to do it. If he wants to be
credible on border security, he must acknowledge his
mistakes and commit to fixing them." Democratic
Senate Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.
"Utilizing the National Guard is an effective,
short-term stopgap to immediately strengthen border
security as long-range reforms begin to take effect."
Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.
"The decision to send troops is the shot in the arm we
need to strengthen our borders and protect our
families." House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill.
"We must protect our borders, but militarizing our
borders is a desperate response by the president to
his and Republican Congress' policy failures." House
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California.
"While I appreciate the president's willingness to
tackle big problems, I have real concerns about moving
forward with a guest worker program or a plan to
address those currently in the United States illegally
until we have adequately addressed our serious border
security problems." House Majority Whip Roy Blunt,
"If the president thinks by taking one step forward
with enforcement the House will follow with two steps
backwards with amnesty, he's confusing us with the
Senate." Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo.
"We don't need a military solution to break a
political stalemate." Sen. Richard Durbin (news,
bio, voting record), D-Ill.
"Until the federal government can convince the
American people that it is serious about securing our
borders, it will be hard to consider other factors of
immigration reform." Sen. Jon Kyl (news, bio, voting
"Unarmed National Guard troops driving bulldozers, who
can't make arrests, would essentially be useless."
Rep. John, Culberson, R-Texas.
"The National Guard already is stretched to the limit
by repeated tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as
providing disaster assistance in their own states."
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (news, bio, voting record),
"A wave of anti-American sentiment is already sweeping
across Latin America, and a deployment of military
forces to the U.S.-Mexico border will only fuel these
views." Rep. Silvestre Reyes (news, bio, voting
"If the Guard can go to work on the fence between
Douglas, Ariz. and Calexico, Calif., immediately,
they've got a chance of saving lots of lives during
the hot season, which is going to commence in about 20
days." Rep. Duncan Hunter (news, bio, voting
"Why not just hire more Border Patrol agents?" T.J.
Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol
Council, the Border Patrol union.