Dick Durbin Says Border Security No Longer Linked to Citizenship

David Drucker, Washington Examiner, June 12, 2013

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., has caused a minor stir with comments that the “Gang of Eight” previously decided to “de-link” border security triggers from the pathway to citizenship.

In other words, the comprehensive immigration reform package does not have to ensure that the legislation’s border security directives are actually carried out, lest former undocumented immigrant residents, newly legalized, have their path to citizenship delayed until that happens, if it ever does.

Durbin’s remarks were reported by National Journal’s Fawn Johnson, and were somewhat surprising since linking border security to the path to citizenship is exactly how the four Republicans in the “Gang of Eight” have gone about selling the bill to both conservative activists and their GOP colleagues on Capitol Hill. Durbin is one of four Democrats in the gang.

“We have de-linked the pathway to citizenship and border enforcement. You could be on a path to a million people reaching citizenship and have one bad week on the border, at which point you stop, and that’s just unacceptable,” Durbin said, according to the National Journal.

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[Sen. Lindsey] Graham disputed Durbin’s assertion, saying unequivocally that the “Gang of Eight” has made no decision to delink border security triggers from the pathway to citizenship, while warning that doing so could doom the legislation’s chances of getting to President Obama’s desk. Here are Graham’s remarks to The Washington Examiner in regard to this apparent disagreement:

“There are triggers in the bill. That’s not accurate. There are four triggers in the bill before the pathway — e-verify has to be up and running.

“I think what he’s talking about is the numbers,” Graham added. “If we get 61 or 62 votes, I think the bill has almost no chance of getting through the House — and that would be a disappointment because I think 70 votes are very much in play without destroying the architecture [of the bill.] I’m not going to go to Sen. Durbin and [Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.] and others and take the architecture and destroy it. But I think there’s room to improve on border [security], I think there are a lot of Republicans seriously considering voting for the bill if it can be made better.”

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  • Greg Thomas

    These scallywags are openly advocating for those who entered this country in violation of not only our immigrations laws, but sovereignty as well. So, at what point do they
    cease being “politicians,” and viewed as the traitors they are?

    • The__Bobster

      The minute they take the 20 pieces of silver from Adelson, Zuckerberg and Soros.

      • mobilebay

        You’re right, Bobster! Follow the money and you’ll find the cause of this traitorous act.

  • The__Bobster

    Meanwhile the libtarded MSM are publishing the results of phony polls from squat monster advocacy groups. No, in the real world, the number are reversed.

    http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2013/06/13/poll-pennsylvanians-overwhelmingly-support-immigration-reform/

    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – As the debate over immigration reform rages on in the US Senate, a new poll released today suggests there’s overwhelming support for the proposal here in Pennsylvania.

    Conducted across 29 states, the polls shows two-thirds of Pennsylvanians want immigration reform and support the bill as its currently written, says Natasha Kelemen executive director of the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition.

    “This is a bill that would secure our borders, block employers from hiring undocumented immigrants and make sure that undocumented immigrants that are already in the US already have a path to citizenship,” says Kelemen.

    She says 550 Pennsylvanians were polled in early June and 86-percent want reforms in place this year, with 83-percent saying they’d vote for a lawmaker who helped pass the legislation.

  • The__Bobster

    http://www.vdare.com/posts/rubio-asserts-gang-bill-is-unconditional-amnesty-but-only-in-Spanish

    Rubio Asserts Gang Bill Is Unconditional Amnesty (But Only In Spanish).
    By Patrick Cleburne on June 10, 2013 at 6:17pm

    Byron York seems to have emerged as Marco Rubio’s nemesis. First he points out that the Gang bill embodies no powerful Border Commission – so that Rubio’s talk show barrage claiming it did appears to have been just lies.

    Now in Marco Rubio: In immigration reform, legalization comes first — ‘It is not conditional’ The Daily Caller June 10, 2013 York reports

    In a Spanish-language interview Sunday with the network Univision, Sen. Marco Rubio, the leading Republican on the Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform group, made his strongest statement yet that legalization of the nation’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants must happen before any new border security or internal enforcement measures are in place

    Let’s be clear,” Rubio said. “Nobody is talking about preventing the legalization. The legalization is going to happen. That means the following will happen: First comes the legalization. Then come the measures to secure the border…The legalization is not conditional.”

    In other words, U-N-C-O-N-D-I-T-I-O-N-A-L A-M-N-E-S-T-Y.

    • Oil Can Harry

      So now Rubio and Dick Durtbag have admitted what we always knew: this bill is 100% amnesty and 0% border security.

      BTW the p.c. windbag Dick Durtbag was born and raised in East St. Louis. Why did he move out? Doesn’t he cherish diversity?

  • The__Bobster

    I’m not going to go to Sen. Durbin and [Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.] and others and take the architecture and destroy it.
    ____

    Miss Lindsey, your slip is showing.

  • IstvanIN

    The simple fact is border security is national security and should be a separate issue from immigration. We don’t need immigration reform to guard the border, that can be done administratively with the laws and border patrol, military and police we have now.

    In a sensible world the border would have been secured 60 years ago when Eisenhower was president.

    Since things are such a mess the best thing to do now would be to halt all immigration, legal, illegal and refugees, until we sort the whole mess out. You would continue to load passengers onto a ship that was taking on water, would you? Of course not. Most of our politicians need to be part of a new Nuremberg trial.

    • MBlanc46

      Except that would hinder the development of the transnational labor force that the corporate elite want. Such immigration restrictions inhibit their freedom to employ whomever they want whenever they want.

  • IstvanIN

    The simple fact is border security is national security and should be a separate issue from immigration. We don’t need immigration reform to guard the border, that can be done administratively with the laws and border patrol, military and police we have now.

    In a sensible world the border would have been secured 60 years ago when Eisenhower was president.

    Since things are such a mess the best thing to do now would be to halt all immigration, legal, illegal and refugees, until we sort the whole mess out. You would continue to load passengers onto a ship that was taking on water, would you? Of course not. Most of our politicians need to be part of a new Nuremberg trial.

  • Tannhauser

    Lindsey Grahamnesty ,the same POS closet homosexual who supports a “Big Brother” like security apparatus and spying on Americans has a big heart when it comes to the Democrat colleagues(” I’m not going to go to Sen. Durbin and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. and others and take the architecture and destroy it”) and invading lawbreakers from every third world hell on planet Earth. He is exactly what’s wrong with the Republican party. He’s worried about people who seek to destroy this country as founded and non Americans but doesn’t give a whit about real Americans or the Constitution he’s swore to defend.

  • Greg Thomas

    Looks like in this case, the troops were not needed.