PHOENIX — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Lamon of Arizona said Friday that the “Remain in Mexico” policy must be turned into law to secure the border.
lamon said KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Mike Broomhead Show that he was “all in” for Mexico’s agreement to spend $1.5 billion to improve “smart border” border technology.
“Anything that helps,” he said of the deal. “But if we don’t have the policy in place to return to Mexico…we need to have it codified into law.”
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 30 that the Biden administration has the right to end Trump-era immigration policy. Under this Trump-era policy, asylum seekers must wait in Mexico for hearings in US immigration courts.
“Before doing business [in the U.S. Senate]secure this southern border,” Lamon said.
The energy executive also wants to secure water for Arizona’s future, but doesn’t think desalination, a billion-dollar project that Republican Gov. Doug Ducey favors, is the answer.
“Forget desalination – it’s extremely expensive…you can’t use it for agriculture, it tastes horrible,” Lamon said.
“It’s much easier and much, much cheaper to bring water from the Mississippi through a 35-foot pipeline that will absolutely solve our needs.”
He said the Bureau of Reclamation floated the idea years ago.
“This plan would be about a third of what the desal is. We now have very cheap water, which is great, but unfortunately we don’t have enough.