Posted by | June 21, 2010 13:19 | Filed under: Top Stories

At a Friday town hall meeting Arizona Senator Jon Kyl claimed that President Obama told him that he refuses to secure the border without comprehensive immigration reform.

KYL: I met with the president in the Oval Office, just the two of us …. Here’s what the president said. The problem is, he said, if we secure the border, then you all [Republicans] won’t have any reason to support comprehensive immigration reform. (Audible gasps from audience.) In other words, they’re holding it hostage. They won’t want to secure the border unless and until it is combined with comprehensive immigration reform.

It’s at 3:20 in the video:

White House spokesperson Dan Pfeiffer issued a quick rebuttal:

“The President didn’t say that and Senator Kyl knows it. There are more resources dedicated toward border security today than ever before, but, as the President has made clear, truly securing the border will require a comprehensive solution to our broken immigration system.”

Kyl spokesman, Ryan Patmintra, replied, “There were two people in that meeting, and Dan Pfeiffer was not one of them. Senator Kyl stands by his remarks, and the White House spokesman’s push-back that you must have comprehensive immigration reform to secure the border only confirms Senator Kyl’s account.”

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