The "comprehensive" label would suggest that beefed up border security would be at least one integral part of any final reform package, and rest assured that everyone on all sides of the debate will at least claim that it is. The real question is whether achieving certain concrete benchmarks will be meaningfully required before other elements of the law are triggered, such as starting the clock on a multi-year path to citizenship for illegals. Virtually every Republican says yes. Barack Obama (for now) and Janet Napolitano say no. Chuck Schumer and other Democrats say maybe-ish. Plus, preliminary legalization...
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Benson: "Is Tougher Border Enforcement a Prerequisite for Comprehensive Immigration Reform?" NO! Instead, a Secure Border will a CONSEQUENCE, a felicitous FREE RESULT AND BENEFIT, of any Comprehensive Immigration Reform that includes a practical, well-designed and easily-usable GuestWorker or WorkerVisa program. The meaningful measure of Border Security is the amount of illegal Border Traffic. Create a good Guestworker program, and all the hordes violating the border in search of honest work will instead line up to get a GuestWorker Card! In return for it they will get Photographed, Fingerprinted, whatever.
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