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November 11, 2012

Ron Johnson plans border security bill

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel-- November 10, 2014   
    Washington -- Even as President Barack Obama prepares to take executive action on immigration, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, who is in line to chair the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said Monday that he is working on a border security bill and will aim to move it once the new Republican-controlled Congress convenes in January.
    Johnson said his legislation would include a guest worker program to reduce incentives for illegal immigration and would build on work already done by Congress, including a House bill aimed at ensuring that 90% of would-be border-crossers are stopped.
    Johnson outlined his plans in an interview with The Associated Press amid growing Republican complaints over Obama's plans to act on his own by year's end to address the faulty immigration system. Obama's plans, which could remove the threat of deportation for millions, are emerging as a major point of conflict with congressional Republicans who made big gains in last week's midterm elections.
    "Regardless of what President Obama does, I'm going to move forward with a very strong border security bill," Johnson said. "I hope President Obama doesn't take that executive action because I think for many people that will poison the well and certainly make it more difficult to solve the immigration problem."
    Johnson said he would move his border bill "as quickly as we can" once the new Congress convenes. He said he supports solving the immigration system one issue at a time --- the position of most Republicans. [...]
    Johnson said the deferred action program was responsible for increasing illegal immigration, including the recent crisis of unaccompanied minors from Central America.