If the people lead, will the leaders follow?

Congressman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon wants his constituents who oppose illegal immigration to know: He hears you, and he agrees.

“I’ve heard loud and clear that message when I come home,” said McKeon, the Santa Clarita Republican whose district includes much of the Antelope Valley.

In recent months, between civilian activist groups volunteering at the U.S.-Mexican border and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger drawing attention for stating - and then retracting - a call to close the border, immigration has been front and center in the news.

On Friday, Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca said he would support an Israeli-style fence to defend the United States, since he distrusts the federal government’s commitment to controlling the border.

“We really need to wake up on this,” McKeon said. “They say if the people will lead, the leaders will follow, and I think the people are really leading hard on this issue, and we need to wake up and get with them, now.”

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