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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - We all remember the picture from 2012 of a tense exchange between Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and President Barack Obama on the tarmac at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix.

On Friday, the Governor had another confrontation with a high ranking official. Brewer was face to face with Vice President Joe Biden. She tweeted out a picture stating, "Mr. Vice President our borders need securing."

The same subject was on the mind of Arizona Senator John McCain.

McCain wants to make it easier to deport Central American migrant children who have recently flocked to the United States.  He wants changes in a law passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the waning days of the Republican administration for former President George W. Bush.

That law created a lengthy deportation process for unaccompanied migrant children from Central America.  It was intended to combat sex trafficking.

>>Mobile app users: Click here to watch McCain's news conference where he addresses the border crisis

Appearing before the cameras in his Phoenix office, McCain says to get rid of that 2008 sex trafficking law and deport the Central American migrant kids in hours or days instead of months or years.

"The only way this is going to stop is if planeloads of children arrive back in the countries of Central America they came from and their parents see the $7,000 they paid to traffickers is wasted.  That is the only way this is going to stop," he said.

We toured the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol facility in Nogales three weeks ago.

The big wave of Central American migrant kids didn't come after the 2008 sex trafficking law passed.  It's come very recently in the wake of President Obama's 2012 executive order stopping deportation of Dream Act kids in response to stalled immigration reform legislation on Capitol Hill.

Some Republicans say the President's Deferred Action program taking the heat off Dreamers created the buzz in Central America: if you come to the states, you can stay, but Sen. McCain doesn't agree.

"Look, I supported the Dream Act as part of immigration reform, but the fact is this is not connected to whether we pass the Dream Act or not."

The Senator said it wouldn't be that hard to charter planes to fly the 52,000 and counting migrant children back home.

We did the math: 52,000 kids, divide it by roughly 150 kids on each flight, it would take 346 flights.  Each flight costs about $150,000.  That's $52 million total.
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