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Tuesdays with Tom 6-19-2012

June 19, 2012
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    WASHINGTON - On his weekly radio call today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall discussed his visit on Sunday to the Little Bear Fire and voiced his support for the president's DREAM Act announcement and comprehensive immigration reform.

    Below are highlights from Udall's remarks:

    0:00 - Udall opens with a recap of Sunday's visit to Little Bear Fire in Ruidoso.

    0:36 - "The firefighters in this kind of situation had a extraordinary task in front of them, and their heroism and all their good work is just greatly appreciated by everyone."

    0:52 - Udall discusses the concern of flooding in the aftermath of the fire and the measures being taken by the Burned Area Emergency Rehabilitation (BAER) program and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    1:42 - Udall recounts the danger one firefighter faced trying to save a resident from his burning home. It was such a close call, the firefighter's taillights melted from the fire as he drove away from the rescue scene.

    2:52 - Udall discusses President Obama's Executive Order based on the DREAM Act, calling it a welcome but temporary solution. Udall says Congress still needs to pass comprehensive reform, which should include the DREAM Act.

    4:43 - "So although Friday's announcement was a good one, Congress still has a job to do. We can't pass immigration reform in a piecemeal fashion. We need a broad bill that deals with the parts of immigration reform that are popular and unpopular."

    5:05 - Udall fields a question on criticisms of U.S. Forest Service's firefighting strategies.

    7:14 - Udall answers questions on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision not to list the sand dune lizard and describes the conservation agreement in place.

    9:26 - Udall responds to a question on Rep. Lujan's legislation to allow for commercial development on the Santa Fe Indian School campus.


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