The bipartisan immigration reform plan introduced by eight senators earlier this week included two major things: The first being border security and enforcement of the law. The second, giving 11 million illegal immigrants a new path to citizenship. In order to prevent another 1986, when Ronald Reagan traded amnesty for a false promise of border security, and in order to move forward in a bipartisan fashion, the enforcement part of the plan must take place.
But speaking earlier today on Capitol Hill Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, who helped introduce the bipartisan plan, said border security would not get in the way of giving illegal immigrants a path to citizenship. This kills the idea of preventing another illegal immigration crisis in the future and kills any chance of actual legislation passing to reform the system.
“We are not using border security as an excuse or block to path of citizenship. We just want to make sure, this is very important both substantively and politically, that there is a secure border. We are not going to use it as a battering ram to prevent the 11 million from gaining a path to citizenship,” Schumer said.
At this time, the White House has refused to tie citizenship together with border enforcement.