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McConnell's immigration remarks either deceptive or uninformed

By JIMMIE JOHNSON Paducah

EDITOR:

In a July 7 Paducah Sun article, Sen. Mitch McConnell either blatantly lied to the citizens of Kentucky or doesn't have a clue about federal immigration law, whichever one Sen. McConnell wants to admit to. He stated that all that needed to be done to the thousands of migrating children coming across the border was to send them back immediately.

McConnell stated, "It's really not that complicated. Secure the border, treat the children humanely and return them immediately." His quote included "I guarantee you it will work." Really Mitch, not that complicated? It's not that complicated if you disobey the law. That's what Republicans have accused President Obama of for years.

Sen. McConnell has obviously forgotten about the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Re-authorization Act of 2008, signed into law by then President George W. Bush on Dec. 23, 2008. This is the reason the U.S. can't simply load the unaccompanied children on a bus and send them back. Sen. McConnell lied to Kentucky judge-executives, magistrates and commissioners in his speech in Louisville. The law is House Bill H.R. 7311 Senate Bill S. 3061. The final version of the bill passed the House and the Senate on Dec. 10, 2008, with unanimous consent without objection. The senator has apparently forgotten that he did not object or attempt to filibuster in the Senate chamber.

The border problem must not be a crisis or emergency or national threat as Republicans have claimed. McConnell and other members of Congress are going on a month-long vacation in August. When November comes around voters should remember who has lied to your face on this issue. Sen. McConnell has done just that.

JIMMIE JOHNSON

Paducah

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