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Congressman Bilbray Pushing for Tough Immigration Reform

San Diego Republican, Congressman Brian Bilbray is a longtime critic of illegal immigration. Now he plans to push the issue even harder in his new role as Chairman of the House Immigration Reform Cau

Congressman Bilbray Pushing for Tough Immigration Reform

San Diego Republican, Congressman Brian Bilbray is a longtime critic of illegal immigration.  Now he plans to push the issue even harder in his new role as Chairman of the House Immigration Reform Caucus.  He will be replacing the founder of the Caucus, Colorado Republican Tom Tancredo, who specifically chose Bilbray as his successor.  From Washington, Charles Davis reports.

Tancredo is stepping down from the post to explore a presidential bid.  Bilbray wants to use his new position to lobby for stronger border security and for a crackdown on employers who hire illegal immigrants.  He says the problem is more widespread than some believe.

Bilbray: You don’t have to go down to the border to see the problems of immigration.  All you have to do is drive Encinitas Boulevard, Rancho Santa Fe, go down to the Home Depot in Encinitas, or drive in Ogger Road where I live in Carlsbad.  You can see the illegal immigration problem in the neighborhoods and that’s where we need the enforcement.

As Chairman, Bilbray plans to address immigration issues he says are a threat to national security

From Capitol Hill, Charles Davis, KPBS News.

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