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Sen. Portman to Obama: Tell Illegals to Stop Their Onslaught

By Bill Hoffmann   |   Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 07:23 PM

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman has urged President Barack Obama to deliver a loud and clear message to Mexican families considering illegal entry into the United States: Don't try it!

"He should make it very clear and do it today. He needs to get that message out,'' Portman, an Ohio Republican, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

His plea comes as thousands of illegal immigrants captured along the U.S.-Mexico border — including 800 children — are being warehoused in makeshift housing in Nogales, Arizona.

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"It's really unbelievable what's happening. The message clearly has gone out … if you get into the United States, you're going to be fine.

"It's as if we had already passed legislation that was the kind of reform the president wants to have.''

Portman said Obama must issue a very clear statement to those seeking quick and easy — and illegal — entry into the U.S. that there efforts will be thwarted.

"The president needs to speak clearly. Frankly it's in the interest of these children and their families that he speak clearly and say our laws continue to be in place,'' he said.

"[He needs to say] that we will continue to enforce our laws and no, there is no ability to come here as a young person to get citizenship and then bring your family, because apparently that's what they think.''

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Portman, a member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said he is dismayed that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel continues to defend the release of five high-ranking Taliban militants in exchange for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

"There's no question that these guys are already talking about returning to the fight and that they are going to be back in the fight at a time when we have troops in Afghanistan,'' Portman said.

"One of them apparently has already made statements indicating he's looking forward to it. So you've got the Taliban, which is involved in fighting and killing American troops right now in Afghanistan … reunited with Taliban senior leaders.

"These people are definitely going to make life more difficult for our troops and they're likely to have American blood on their hands again as they already do.''

Portman accused the Obama administration of concocting a "kind of revisionist history.''

"They say, well, what we said before about these guys being high risk and the fact that they're going to return to the fight, just forget all that. We've suddenly decided that they were rehabilitated somehow in Guantanamo over the last couple of years. I don't think anybody believes that.''

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