President Obama noted last week how immigration reform has been "held hostage" by political posturing, and he said the question now is "whether we will have the courage and political will" to pass comprehensive reform. Based on the responses of our state's two leading GOP candidates for U.S. Senate, the answer is "no." Both men blasted Obama for supporting amnesty for illegal immigrants (even though Obama said that amnesty would be "unwise and unfair") and for not doing more to secure the border. Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Hays, said in a statement: "The federal government must enforce our laws and not reward illegal behavior." Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, complained that Obama "has the audacity to seek rewards for illegal immigrants."
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