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Senate immigration plan: No path to citizenship without secure border

There will be a path to citizenship for immigrants in this country illegally but not before the border is secure, under a bipartisan Senate bill expected to be filed this week. An outline of the immigration reform bill proposed by the so-called “Gang of 8″ calls for billions more for border security, changes in visa laws, stricter enforcement of laws against hiring illegal immigrants and a pathway to lawful residence in 10 years and, later, citizenship.... Read more»

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Apr 17, 2013, 9:50 am
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Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, supports a pathway to citizenship but said requiring a secure border first is tough for him to swallow.

Duh…a secure border is the last thing in the world Grijalva wants. Where are his voters going to come from then?

DHS chief Fred Flinstone has been saying that the border has been secure for years. I certainly hope we don’t count on him.her to make the determination as to when it actually is secure.

...been deported for non-criminal reasons.

I hate this term. When the hell is the AP style book or whatever the hell it is finally going to address this? Let me help you out…

Entering this country illegally is a crime. Hence the term “illegally” meaning “against the law”. Those who break the law are committing crimes. Those who commit crimes are criminals. Therefore, all border jumpers are criminals. You got a problem with that? Don’t be hatin’ on me, take it up with the authors of the dictionary.

Apr 17, 2013, 10:16 am
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Sorry, @Bret, but you’re mistaken. Not everything that is a violation of a law or regulation is a crime. It’s not a crime to go 5 miles over the speed limit, nor are most immigration violations against a criminal statute or so sayeth the highest court:

“As a general rule, it is not a crime for a removable alien to remain in the United States.” Chief Justice John Roberts, Arizona v. United States.

Apr 17, 2013, 11:59 am
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Our Government doing something what a novel idea! Great job Jeff Flake! I like that the DHS has to perform of lose the duty to perform border protection. We have Napolitano telling us everything is secure while the reports show that over 60% of the Illegal crossers are making it into the USA, they get to the USA they are sick, they use Arizona resources until they move on to the larger cities who give them a safe haven and jobs, without any of the cost burden placed on the border States. A program that allows workers to cross legally, without coyotes and drugs strapped to their backs!

This isn’t perfect but waiting for perfection is politics as usual nothing gets do

Thank you!

William Robert Heath Sr.

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Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., at podium with three of the other 'Gang of 8' senators in January: From left, Dick Durbin, D-Ill., John McCain, R-Ariz., and Bob Menendez, D-N.J.


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