Arizona, Sonora governors weigh in on immigration debate

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by Erika Flores

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Posted on June 20, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 20 at 9:57 PM

NOGALES, Ariz. -- Sen. John McCain said we're running out of places to put the thousands of unaccompanied children who've come into our country in the past year.

"The first step, I think, would be for the president of the United States to announce that if you come here illegally you can't stay, and that message would get down," said McCain.

That was McCain's message after he toured the Nogales facility where hundreds of Central American immigrant children are staying.

"These young people are being fed. They're being clothed. They have shower facilities for them. They have television. They're watching the World Cup,” said McCain.

He and Gov. Jan Brewer said both our federal government and Mexico need to do something.

"We cannot by any stretch of the imagination continue to have a huge influx of what we have seen," Brewer said, referring to the influx of immigrant children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

"For those countries to stop the outward flow, that's also a responsibility of the Mexican government to make their border impossible to cross from those other places," said McCain.

"People from other countries from Central America going through Sonora is no crime," said Guillermo Padres Elias, the governor of Sonora, Mexico.

Padres Elias met with Brewer Friday in Scottsdale for an Arizona-Mexico Commission event.

He said although it is a federal issue, he encourages people in Sonora to tell possible border crossers about the risks.

"Trying to persuade them not to take that step and come into the United States, to know that there are risks and they are going to be breaking laws," said Padres Elias.

Brewer said states do not have the resources to help solve the issue.

"Our federal government of the United States of America has a job to do and they need them to get it done, and we want answers from them," she said.

The Obama administration said Friday they do have a plan that includes spending millions of dollars in aid to try to curb the number of children illegally crossing the border.

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