During Monday's edition of Lubbock's First News on KFYO, Congressman Randy Neugebauer discussed the recent events occurring in the Gaza Strip, Ukraine, and along the U.S.-Mexico border.

With cease fire after cease fire broken, peace seems distant in Gaza. Congressman Neugebauer gave some more information on the situation, explaining "there are other players around the world that use Gaza as a vehicle and a conduit to bring actions against the Israelis. [...] Israel is responding, and rightly so." Neugebauer made the point that if a foreign country was launching rockets into the U.S., we would respond in a similar fashion.

There has been much less travel to Israel, not only due to the conflict going on, but also because of the fear and uncertainty caused by the Malaysian Airliner that was recently shot down over Ukraine.

Speaking on the Ukrainian conflict, Congressman Neugebauer suspected that Russia has been very involved in the rebel activities in Ukraine. When asked how involved the U.S. should be, Neugebauer said "The Russian economy is pretty soft, so I think you have to turn up the heat on Russia and make this a painful situation and incentivizing them to be a part of the solution rather than part of the problem here." This would include further sanctions placed on Russia.

Moving on to the U.S.-Mexico border, Neugebauer stated that the hearings for many illegal immigrants may not take place for another 4 to 5 years. "We just cannot start housing all of these people for 4 or 5 years that eventually we're going to send back," Congressman Neugebauer said. According to the Congressman, the only way to fix the problem is to remove the incentive for the illegal immigrants to come to America, and turn back any illegal immigrants at the border.

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