MANCHESTER - Today, Scott Brown released the following statement in response to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's comments that illegal immigrants coming across the border should be allowed to stay in the United States:
"Senator Shaheen today said that illegal immigrants descending on the southern border are fleeing violence based on gang and drug activity and that 'refugees' in danger of immediate threats back home should be allowed to stay in the United States. I disagree with Senator Shaheen on both the cause and the solution. The crisis on the border is mainly the result of the pro-amnesty policies supported by President Obama and Senator Shaheen, which have encouraged more and more people to come here illegally. While we need to act humanely, these new arrivals should be returned to their home countries."
Click here to listen to the audio from WGIR's New Hampshire Today radio show with Jack Heath this morning. In the Senate, Shaheen voted for the 2013 amnesty bill, has voted against the construction of the border fence and supported the DREAM Act.
JACK HEATH: Do you think the President, would you have liked to seen the President gone to the border to get an update and sort of first hand, on the ground see what’s going on or do you think he should not have gone to the border?
SEN. JEANNE SHAHEEN: You know Jack, I'm not going to weigh into that, that's a partisan political debate that’s happening right now. But I think what’s important is that we have a humanitarian crisis on the border with children and families who are fleeing violence and primarily three Central American countries - Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador – and that’s based on activity that’s happening down there, gang activity, drug activity, that is making parents say, it's so dangerous here that I'm willing to risk sending my children thousands of miles to try and get them into the United States. So, we have an immediate problem in trying to address that humanitarian crisis, and trying to make sure that those children are taken care of and that we can reintegrate them back into the countries where they came from, because they have to comply with the law here.
HEATH: Do you think they be returned then at some point?
SEN. SHAHEEN: I think unless there are, unless they can show that they are refugees from, in danger of immediate threats that, yes, they should be returned, but long term we need to fix our immigration system.