Tipton calls for security of borders
Frustration with illegal immigration dominated a town hall in which U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., met with about 30 people in Fruita.
“There isn’t one of us who doesn’t recognize the humanitarian tragedy” in the waves of unaccompanied minors crossing the southern border into Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas, Tipton said at the meeting in the Fruita Community Center. “They’ve been sold a bill of goods by coyotes” promising that they can remain in the United States.
“We need to have border security; it begins with border security,” Tipton added, noting that the House has passed a measure calling for the children to be reunited with their families in their home countries.
The possibility that children might be sent to rural areas of western Colorado, such as Fruita, weighed heavily on George Mollick of Fruita.
“If illegals come into town, it’s not going to be a happy situation,” Mollick said. Fruita is barely able to meet its existing obligations and would be unable to deal with the costs of housing new arrivals, Mollick said.
People from more than 70 nations who have arrived in the United States have been found to have crossed the border in recent weeks during the onslaught of new, frequently unaccompanied, arrivals, Tipton said.
Immigration is a delicate issue, Tipton said, because “Every one of us is a product of immigration.”
“Legal!” shouted one person from the back of the room, getting a smattering of applause.
Better measures are needed to control immigration because of the threat some pose, Tipton said.
“We have people who would do harm to this country” coming in, he said, noting that the first post-Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist threat came from across the Canadian border.
Although the federal government has failed to prevent illegal immigration, it’s making life difficult for people and businesses already here, Tipton said.
In similar town halls, “I’ve not heard great calls for more government,” Tipton said. “I am hearing that government is a stumbling block to economic recovery.”
Federal regulations are costing businesses $1.8 trillion annually, according to Tipton, making increasing costs an uncertainty for businesses.
It actually does take an act of Congress to reverse a regulation, Tipton said.
Even his measure to allow for the construction of small hydropower projects on federal conduits, canals and ditches amounts to a reversal of a regulation, said Tipton, who is seeking a third term representing the 3rd Congressional District.
“Should it take an act of Congress to be able to rescind something that no one in Congress ever voted for?” Tipton said.