Jeff Flake - U.S. Senator ~ Arizona

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Washington, D.C. – In a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) today pressed Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to acknowledge that the president’s lax enforcement of federal immigration law is a significant contributing factor to the increase in the number of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S. border and the resulting humanitarian crisis in Arizona.

Flake went on to express concern to Johnson regarding the impact of assisting in the processing of the surge of unaccompanied minors in Texas and Arizona on personnel assigned to patrolling the border.

Flake also sought the assurance of Johnson that families of undocumented immigrants were no longer being released at bus stations in Arizona.

Following the hearing, Flake announced he would take action to offer amendments to upcoming appropriations bills that would ensure that the President and his Administration make it clear to foreign audiences that our immigration laws will be enforced.