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Sen. Kyl Claims Obama Told Him No Border Security Until Immigration Is Reformed

While attending a Tea Party town hall meeting in North Tempe, Arizona Republican Senator Jon Kyl told the audience that during a private, one-on-one meeting with President Obama in the Oval Office, Obama and he discussed securing the Mexican Border. Kyle quoted the president as claiming that border security was problematic thusly, “If we secure the border, then you all won’t have any reason to support ‘comprehensive immigration reform.”

It’s a rare occasion that a politician would reveal such a stunning claim that ostensibly came from a private “one on one” meeting between a President and Senator. The most relevant bit of the comment begins at the 3:20 mark in the following clip and is received by audible gasps in the room.

IF what Kyl claims to be true, then it would be a rather stunning admission by the President that he would systematically opt to be derelict in presidential duty for political gain. Which is why the President and White House officials will almost certainly (and quite publicly) counter this claim.

This will likely become a case of “he said/he said” and the Obama administration will most certainly point to the president’s of very disciplined rhetoric as push back against Kyl’s claims. Given the US Justice department’s recent plans to file to sue the State of Arizona over the controversial new anti-illegal immigration law, this will almost certainly open a new chapter in the political debate regarding Arizona’s

(h/t Red State)

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