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Gordon Urges More Funds For Border Security

Publication Date: 
December 15, 2008
The Arizona Republic
Scott Wong

Professor Mariano-Florentino Cuellar is mentioned as a co-leader of President-elect Obama's transition working group on immigration in an article in the Arizona Republic about border security:

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon told senior members of President-elect Barack Obama's transition team Thursday that the U.S. government should boost the number of federal agents on the border but also dedicate more money to law-enforcement operations targeting violent crime in urban cities.

Gordon made his comments during a conference call with transition team officials that focused on ways the federal government could better help local governments enforce illegal- immigration laws.

"The public is frustrated with the lack of perceived and actual action by the federal government and have turned to local agencies . . . to address the criminal aspect of illegal immigration," Gordon said after the phone call, which was led by a co-leader of Obama's transition working group on immigration, Stanford law Professor Tino Cuellar.