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Ayotte says immigration system fix is a challenge

SOMERSWORTH — While making stops around the state this week, U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, spoke about her efforts to reform immigration, reduce federal spending and build infrastructure.

About 40 area residents came to listen to Ayotte and ask her questions during an hour-long town hall meeting at American Legion Post 69.

Dover resident David Scott said he was concerned about the country providing amnesty to 10 million illegal immigrants, especially since they would expand the voting base for Democrats.

“I think she had a very good feel of the issues,” Scott said, adding he was impressed by the amount of information she provided — especially through her charts and figures on federal spending and deficits.

Middleton resident Lou Vita also asked why the government is considering naturalizing illegal immigrants.

Ayotte said she believed the country must secure the borders, close tax loop holes and address illegal immigration to help fix the “broken immigration system.”

“Demographically, we have a challenge — look what happened to Europe,” Ayotte said, referring to ongoing strife between citizens and the expanding numbers of immigrants in many European nations.

She also provided a breakdown of the nation’s $17 trillion debt, which could rise to $25 trillion “if we continue on the trajectory we are on.”

As all 50 states have some requirement to balance their budgets, Ayotte said federal officials have no such limitations. She added she continues to work on a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Ayotte, who serves on the Senate Budget Committee, said she chose to vote against the recently passed spending plan — which will last two years — because it singled out the cost of living adjustments (COLA) for “working age military retirees,” but didn’t address entitlement spending, which is the biggest contributor to the nation’s debt.

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