The issue of immigration was discussed during a press conference held this week by U.S. Senator Roy Blunt. Blunt predicts the debate must settle border security issues before it moves forward, but there are more issues to consider.
“One is, ‘What are the real workforce needs of the country and how do you need workers that aren’t here to help meet those?’ and two is ‘What do you do about people who either came illegally or stayed illegally?’ And I think the other two are relatively easy to solve if you can create a sense that the problem is actually under an acceptable level of control,” said Blunt.
Blunt says the bill is probably a long way from the House floor, but the product being worked on by a bi-partisan group could have something workable by mid-May.
Blunt also discussed the need for a flight simulator at the St. Joseph Air National Guard Base.
Press Release from the Office of Senator Blunt
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Claire McCaskill (Mo.), who serve together as members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, urged the U.S. Air Force today to provide the 139th Airlift Wing (AW) at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base in St. Joseph, Mo. with a C-130 simulator.
In a letter to Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh, the Missouri Senators noted that the simulator facility would “achieve considerable cost savings to the taxpayer” as well as “serve as an effective and comprehensive” training complement to the Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center’s (AATTC) “current development and testing work.”
“The Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center (AATTC) has one of the largest concentrations of C-130 crewmembers in the country, and this critical training tool would save taxpayer dollars while greatly benefitting the 139th Airlift Wing’s combat readiness,” said Blunt.
“The men and women of the 139th and the Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center are no strangers to the critical work that strengthens our national security,” said McCaskill. “This tool would allow them to maximize their training, while saving American tax dollars—a win-win.”
Last month, Blunt and McCaskill also encouraged the Air Force to consider assigning additional C-130 aircraft at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base. In response, the Air Force has stationed 11 C-130 aircraft at the 139th AW.