Thursday, February 28, 2013

Will the Border Ever Be Secure Enough for Immigration Hawks? - Molly Ball - The Atlantic

Will the Border Ever Be Secure Enough for Immigration Hawks? - Molly Ball - The Atlantic

Disagreement over the trigger is the largest current discrepancy between the Senate and White House versions of immigration reform. It could cause the whole thing to fall apart. Yet the idea -- expressed by both sides -- that the border needs more security may be the biggest myth of the immigration debate, according to Rep. Beto O'Rourke.

The problem for the immigration debate is that those who claim we need more border security are rarely called upon to prove it. No one has proposed a set of concrete standards; rather, some are calling for a subjective evaluation to be made by border-state governors, some of whom have political incentives to exaggerate the threat -- and track records of doing so.



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