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Is Tougher Border Enforcement a Prerequisite for Comprehensive Immigration Reform?

Mike T2 Wrote: Apr 02, 2013 12:57 PM
to perform this function. They keep talking about doing this in stages. Border enforcement, work visas, legalization. Why not write 3 separate bills. And the final 2 do NOT occur until the border is secure. And there should be criminal penalties for officials who fail to enforce this law. Quite frankly...I'm not at all optimistic about any of this. We will, unfortunately, be saddled with many more illegals in the coming year. And things will only get worse.

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...