Update 6/22/10 9:30 PM EST:
Senator Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican, told me on Tuesday evening that he heard the 2004 audio of President Obama’s radio interview. Here is Mr. Kyl’s response to it:
“Actually, this is not new. It’s been fairly obvious from day one that there are a lot of folks from the Democratic side that don’t want to push border security, because they then think that people on the more conservative side won’t support comprehensive reform. That is the goal of the people on the left–is comprehensive reform. What the president was saying to me is that he has a problem with these folks in his party, and I understand that, but that cannot stop us from securing the border, and that was my point back to him.
It’s not necessary to get into a big debate here. Let’s just take first things first. Secure the border, and under my view of things, believe it or not, good things will happen with comprehensive reform if we secure the border.”
Naked Emperor News has posted interesting audio from a 2004 public radio appearance of President Barack talking about the immigration issue, which proves exactly what Senator Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican, has been saying this week about his meeting with the president on border security. Below is a transcript of the interview:
“We have a system that is unfair to a lot of people. What I’ve suggested is we have to concentrate on is: ‘How do we secure our borders? How do we track individuals coming into this country who may be engaged in terrorist activity? How do we then provide potential pathways for citizenship to those illegal immigrants who have shown themselves to be good citizens and have shown themselves to be committed to this country?’
That’s going to be a difficult conversation to have and its going to have to be bipartisan for it to be effective. The trade off is going to have to be improved security of our borders at the same time allowing those who are already here to reach out for that American dream.”