Republican leaders press Obama to meet with border enforcement union

May 24, 2013 at 4:17 PM

WASHINGTON, May 24 (UPI) -- Two Republican legislators criticized President Barack Obama in a letter for failing to meet with unionized U.S. immigration and customs officers.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., wrote their objections to the exclusion of the opinions of 7,000 immigration and customs officers "from the negotiations surrounding immigration reform" in a letter dated May 23, the Washington publication The Hill reported Friday.

The lawmakers wrote three months ago to the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council requesting a meeting with the administration to "share their firsthand concerns over the breakdown of interior enforcement" and are yet to receive an invitation.

A letter from border security guards Monday warned Congress the 800-page Senate immigration bill, currently under debate, would create a surge in illegal entries by failing to secure the borders before granting provisional legal status to illegal immigrants, The Hill said.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more news from UPI.com
Related UPI Stories
Trending Stories