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Legalization-First Could Scuttle Immigration Plan

RiffRaff Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 2:03 AM
disincentivize more illegal crossing should be devised. Identify and card the bad guys, give them a year to return to their countries. Simultaneously, the US and Mexico need to come to an honest understanding about Mexico's disrespect for the US, our government, our culture, and our laws. Their support of illegality is detrimental to the US. All the benefits the US receives from foreign, low cost labor can be maintained without the burden of caring for the stupid illegals after they get here. It is time for Congress to think of the nation first, not their personal philosophies or feelings. Congress lies to us, it disserves us, is it any wonder it is so unpopular?
To hear Sen. Charles Schumer tell it, lawmakers crafting an immigration reform bill will focus on two big tasks. "First, defining metrics that demonstrate that the border is secure," the New York Democrat explained at a Jan. 31 news conference. "Second, defining exactly what the path to citizenship looks like and how it proceeds."

For Schumer and some Senate colleagues, that is the short version of immigration reform: first, border security, and second, a path to citizenship.

But immigration reform as envisioned by the so-called Gang of Eight is actually a three-step process. Schumer left out the first part: immediate...