The president seems to think he can pass a federal pre-school program, enact extensive global warming legislation, provide free health care for everyone and modernize the nation’s infrastructure – all without increasing the deficit by “one single dime.”
Not to be outdone, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano testified at a Senate immigration reform hearing Wednesday that our borders “have never been stronger,” according to The Hill.
Each time comprehensive immigration reform comes up, Republicans insist there can be no path to citizenship for the millions of illegal immigrants until the borders are secure.
“I often hear the argument that before reform can move forward, we must first secure our borders,” Napolitano said at the Senate hearing, The Hill reported. “But too often, the ‘border security first’ refrain simply serves as an excuse for failing to address the underlying problems. It also ignores the significant progress and efforts that we have undertaken over the past four years. Our borders have, in fact, never been stronger.”
Although Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas admitted that some progress has been made, we’re not there yet.
“I do not believe that the border is secure, and I still believe we have a long, long way to go,” Cornyn said.
The Hill’s Jordy Yager wrote:
Immigration reform legislation has emerged as a priority of President Obama’s second term. He has called on Congress to pass a bill that would provide a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants while tightening security along the border. He also wants an employment verification system that would impose stiff penalties on employers who hire illegal immigrants.
Napolitano only said that our borders have “never been stronger.” That doesn’t mean they’re as secure as they need to be. Until they’re plugged, it makes no sense to give amnesty to the millions of illegal immigrants already here. All that would do is invite many millions more.
Toss in the fact that 10 Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have named Napolitano as a defendant in a lawsuit for not allowing them to do their jobs in enforcing U.S. immigration laws, and it’s obvious we have a ways to go.
Read more at The Hill.
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