Wednesday, December 29, 2010

King to press immigration enforcement

King to press immigration enforcement

As Republican Congressman Peter King wrestles away chairmanship of the House's Homeland Security Committee from Democrats, he plans to put the spotlight on an issue that he sees as paramount to national security: immigration enforcement.

King, who takes charge of the committee next week, said he intends to hold hearings, push bills and seek funding to bolster the fight against illegal immigration. He favors workplace raids and improved cooperation between local law enforcement and federal agencies.

"There is a lack of urgency by the administration," said King, of Seaford. "They are confining deportations primarily to immigrants arrested for serious crimes and, while this is considered harsh, I do believe that the workplace raids do send the signal that we are serious about enforcement."

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