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Rep. Peter King to Ramp Up Immigration Crackdown

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y. center, accompanied by Rep. Peter Hoekstra  R-Mich., left, and House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, gestures during the Republican leadership news conference to introduce the "Keep terrorists out of America Act," Thursday, May 7, 2009, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y. center, accompanied by Rep. Peter Hoekstra R-Mich., left, and House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, gestures during the Republican leadership news conference to introduce the "Keep terrorists out of America Act," Thursday, May 7, 2009, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)  (AP2009)

Rep. Peter King plans to use his new bully pulpit to target immigration.

The New York congressman, who will become the new chairman of the House Homeland Security next week, told the New York Post that he will push for legislation to tighter border security and arrest more immigrants crossing the border illegally. 

He said President Obama's immigration policies were failing.

"The Obama administration continues to display an obvious lack of urgency when it comes to gaining operational control of the border, which is absolutely critical," King (R-LI) told the newspaper.

King said Obama has "done little" during his term to curb undocumented immigration, adding that the country needs a new game plan "that incorporates the necessary staffing, fencing and technology to do the job."

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His proposals will target private companies that employ undocumented immigrants and beefing up local police to give them free range to make immigration arrests.

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