April 12, 2019 / Modified apr 12, 2019 9:30 a.m.

Vice President Pence, Gov Ducey Challenge Congress on Border

Pence said the administration isn't considering more family separations, but called for changes to the Flores Agreement.

Flanked by a group of olive-uniformed Border Patrol agents and with the border fence topped in concertina wire as the backdrop, Pence called on Congress to harden immigration rules against asylum seekers.

"What we’ve got to do, we’ve got to continue to build a wall. We’ve got to continue to give these men and women the resources they need to do their job. But Congress has got to act," Pence said.

Pence said the Trump Administration is not considering separating migrant families again. But he urged Congress to change the Flores Agreement, a 22-year-old court settlement that established the rules under which immigrant children could be held. And he called for faster deportation proceedings to Central American countries.

The Arizona governor agreed with Pence.

"I’m proud of so much that’s happening in Arizona. I’m not proud of this dangerous poison that’s coming across our southern border, so I join you and the president in calling on Congress to quit playing games and close these loopholes and to act," Ducey said.

Trump administration officials have been delivering much the same message along the border region. Pence’s tour of the border was the first since the Homeland Security secretary resigned her position Sunday.

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