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Enforcement, then Amnesty

by Mark Krikorian

Grand-bargain immigration proposals tend to get the order backward

The House Republican leadership’s principles for “immigration reform” have been revealed in general form. The substance, as reported in Politico, is what anyone might have guessed: enhanced border security and interior enforcement, systems for verifying workers and tracking legal entrants, visa-program reforms, and a path to legal status for current illegal immigrants.

The Schumer-Rubio amnesty bill passed in June by the Senate would bring about all these things, at least nominally. House members’ protestations that they reject the Senate bill mean nothing if the House simply proposes to pass all the Senate bill’s constituent parts in separately numbered measures. This is what President Obama and other amnesty supporters mean when they express support for the House’s piecemeal or “step by step” approach.

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