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Immigration Reform: When A Trigger Isn't A Trigger

Arby Wrote: Apr 19, 2013 10:25 AM
OF COURSE this proposal does nothing to require border security FIRST before there is any legalization of anyone. It was never intended to do that. It was intended to thrust Marco Rubio (for whom I voted here in FL) into the public spotlight so he could pontificate to immigrants, legal and illegal, and convince them that "he's their man." He might be their man, but he certainly is no longer mine. He is no better than McCain and no better than any Democrat.

Border enforcement has long been a top priority for Republicans in Congress and conservatives across the country when it comes to immigration reform proposals. The Gang of Eight's plan has promoted its "enforcement-first" approach, but some Capitol Hill Republicansare taking a closer look at the enforcement provisions - and coming away with skepticism.

The first four major points of the Gang of Eight's immigration "outline" [pdf] concern border security and its priority over a path to legalization for illegal immigrants. Indeed, the outline says that "no immigrant in undocumented status may be adjusted" until parts of the border...