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September 3, 2011

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Secure the borders before reform

By REP. DUNCAN HUNTER | 9/3/11 7:33 AM EDT

Our borders must be secured before any comprehensive immigration reform. Luckily, border security is the easy part.

The right combination of border infrastructure, personnel and technology – all working in unison – can effectively close smuggling corridors and make it excruciatingly difficult to enter the U.S. illegally.

That’s something we can do now. It will be harder, but not impossible, to find consensus on the broader immigration issue. Even current law would suffice, assuming it’s consistently and thoroughly enforced – which has not been the case.

What’s unfortunate is the Senate, under Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), has showed time and again – starting with its inability to pass a budget – it’s unwilling to work toward implementing responsible reforms. All Congress needs to do, short of making workplace enforcement mandatory for all employers, is attach real consequences to any state or locality that refuses to enforce existing immigration law.

One reliable option is to deny federal reimbursement for initiatives such as the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program. Another is to restrict federal funding altogether.

What’s the real upside to effective enforcement? It’s good for everyone – citizens, legal immigrants and, yes, even illegal immigrants.

Think about it this way: If the American government were as corrupt as the Mexican government, would you want to live here? If American business were no different than Mexican business, would you want to live here? If America stopped enforcing the laws on its citizens and could not protect you from criminal and drug violence, would you want to live here?

The answer is a resounding no.

via Secure the borders before reform – Rep. Duncan Hunter – POLITICO.com.

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One Comment
  1. September 3, 2011 10:20 AM

    For six of eight years during the George W. Bush presidency Republicans controlled both houses of congress. Even then illegal immigration continued unabated. If enforcement could not be accomplished then there is obviously some reason for the situation not changing. Perhaps it is because business obtained cheap labor. I cannot think of another reason. Perhaps someone will post that reason here.

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