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Updated Jan 14, 2013 - 5:43 pm

Brewer: Border security before immigration reform

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says she won’t support efforts to reform
the nation’s immigration system until the border with Mexico is secure.

The Republican said in her annual State of the State speech Monday that she’s
heard the calls for immigration reform and agrees that the nation’s system is
broken. But she says the federal government must fulfill its promise of border
security before she’ll back reform efforts.

She says steep declines in illegal crossings along the Border Patrol’s Yuma
sector are proof that security is possible. She urged more action to secure the
Tucson Sector as well. The Tucson region is the busiest in the nation for human
and drug smuggling.

Once that’s done Brewer vowed to work with others to reform immigration laws.


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