That video is in the process of going viral. It's going viral because of this comment.
The problem is, he said, if we secure the border, then you all won't have any reason to support comprehensive immigration reform. In other words, they're holding it hostage.
The White House has responded in kind.
The President didn’t say that and Senator Kyl knows it. There are more resources dedicated toward border security today than ever before, but, as the President has made clear, truly securing the border will require a comprehensive solution to our broken immigration system.
The White House renewed its commitment to comprehensive reform. Once again, the debate over illegal immigration has turned into something totally different. The only thing interesting is the assertion by the White House that the borders can only be secured through comprehensive immigration reform.
That of course is total nonsense. First, Congress passed into law in 2007 that a fence be built to cover the entire Southern border. That fence has been barely built. All the White House needs to do is put in more resources in building it and the entire Southern border would have a fence. Second, the president can put five thousand, ten thousand, and even fifty thousand national guard troops on the border right now if he wanted to. He needs no legislation to do that. None of these action require comprehensive immigration reform. Both would significantly improve border security.