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Legalization-First Could Scuttle Immigration Plan

Robin311 Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 12:05 AM
Not sure why the Dems are so convinced that a plurality of illegal immigrants will accept this offer. How many illegal immigrants working now are getting paid off the books? How many of those employers will want to meet wage standards, cover payroll taxes and O-care mandate penalties? How many illegal immigrants are NOT required to pay income taxes? And the feds let them get away with it now whereas they won't be able to do so when they become legalized.
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...