April 16th, 2013
07:02 AM ET
10 years ago

Immigration bill: No secure border, no path to residency

(CNN) - The border with Mexico must be secure.

This requirement is the cornerstone of an immigration reform bill a bipartisan group of senators are to file on Capitol Hill Tuesday. There will be no path to legal residency for migrants without it.


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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. nothing new here

    I have no problem with securing the border, esp. after yesterday's attack in Boston.
    But all I am saying is this – we the people need to demand that our own country, our own soil, be protected, esp. from homegrown terrorists.
    Politicians, please stop wasting our taxpayer dollars. Protect Americans FIRST, no more invading other countries for no good reason.

    April 16, 2013 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    There is no 100% way to secure our southern border. If you build a fence, the smugglers will build tunnels. We should concentrate on the border being secured on both sides. Mexico does play a part in this.

    April 16, 2013 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  3. sonnie3

    That is a true common sense way to go.
    Had it been secure in the first place the problem of illegal immigrants would not be an issue to solve.

    April 16, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  4. Ed1

    No one is illegal how stupid is that.

    You came into this Country without a visa or work permit you are illegal duh.

    April 16, 2013 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  5. Tea Party Thomas

    No one is illegal.

    Yes lady your illegal if you didn't enter the United States with government approval. The fact is you illegals need to
    be deported.

    April 16, 2013 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  6. Wilson

    All these illegal alien invaders, pushing for "amnesty" are just about enough to make a person prejudice against all mexican/latino people, whether they are legallly in this country or not. Had some work done on my house, every company interviewed was told that all workers coming to my house had better be legal American citizens, or they don't get the contract. I wish I could say I was suprised by the number that could not give me that guarantee. But at least I made sure my money went to American citizens. Funny, all the workers that showed up were white or black.

    April 16, 2013 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  7. Larry L

    The hate-based Tea Party Republicans in the House will never allow a bill to pass that requires compromise or isn't filled with political theater. Core to their problem is xenophobic, fearful, and often racist voting base. They know their people back home.

    April 16, 2013 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  8. Pete

    Rubio just a parrot trying to make the republicans something they're not compassionate..Republicans if they had their way would have Gov.Brewer,Sheriff Arpaio walking illegals at gun point to the fence that's their stance and has been for decades don't fool anyone with any brains here..Republicans have alienated themselves from every group possible and now thinking of doing a 180 at the push of their stratigists they really think people will forget their racist pasts,I think not being just a political rouse to please their ignorents out there that's all...It'll all come out in the wash just like McConnell screaming about democrates not being fair eaves dropping on a meeting about him going after a private citizen in Ms Judd demonizing her personally does it,what hypocrites and ignorent racists as well!!It's the old do what I say not what I do routine isn't it from republicans!!

    April 16, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  9. rs

    And here is the Republican end to immigration reform. It doesn't matter that illegal immigration is down; it doesn't matter that record numbers of people are deported; it doesn't matter that by every measure our border with Mexico is the most secure it has been in 50 years- perhaps longer. No, they want some undefined level of "security". No doubt involving $billions in some boondogle fence (while Americans suffer from a lack of work and OUR infrastructure crumbles), or some quasi-military technology solution (drones anyone?). No, the "security issue" will scuttle needed reform. The only good news there is the GOP will continue to lose support from Hispanics, and therein will lie their undoing as a political organization.

    April 16, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    There can be NO path to residency, without stopping the illegal traffic, period. That traffic continues, on a daily basis, and until we stop that flow, there can be NO "reform" of any kind.

    April 16, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  11. GI Joe

    I guess if they award Haliburton a big fat no-bid contract to guard the border, republicans will be for it (with kickbacks included).

    April 16, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  12. Minnie Mouse

    The unsecure border has been a problem for years. We would not have so many illegal immigrants in our country if it was secure. This will take years, alot of money, time and energy, but the border really does need to be secure first. Is there a way to really even secure it? If someone wants in our country bad enough, they will find a way to get through and in regardless.

    April 16, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  13. ST

    Secure the border first is just only the excuse. For how long will it take to make sure the border is secure? And if is secure, and one or a number of people will be seen climbing up the wall (as McCain witnessed one day), republicans will come and claim the border is not secure. Suppose the work of securing the border will take 10 years, then it will take 13 years to wait for the citizenship, which means now it will be 23 years and not 13 years. Are these people really serious in making any reform?

    April 16, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  14. Ray E. (Georgia)

    You should know: Ther will be no Bill passed when it is all done. There is a process now for citizens of other country's to become citizens of the U.S. If you want to become a citizen of the U.S. go thru the process millions are now doing. Sorry but if you are here undocumented now you will need to go back to your homeland to apply for citizenship. If you are a young person, brought here by your parents find a way back to your home of origin and apply from there. Sorry but there are laws and they have to be followed.

    April 16, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  15. Al-NY,NY

    no matter what anyone does, the border will never be "secure enough" for these fakers. Anyone that thought they would actually go along with this without sabotaging it later is clueless. The GOP shows it's true colors.....AGAIN

    April 16, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  16. Fair is Fair

    To the young woman holding the "No one is Illegal" sign –

    If you are in this country and you did not follow the proper procedures and have, on official record, PROOF that you followed the proper procedures, then YOU ARE ILLEGAL.

    This PC baloney of "undocumented aliens" really needs to stop.

    April 16, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  17. much thunder..little rain

    70,000 murders in mexico ... and you dont want the boarders secure...what is wrong with you ...

    April 16, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  18. Randy, San Francisco

    Secure borders will happen only when enough money, manpower, and resources are provided by Congress. Are Republicans and Libertarians willing to spend more money for big government security?

    April 16, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  19. ghostriter

    My, how the mighty have fallen.....6 months ago, no republican worth his elephant would be caught saying a path to amnesty out loud. Now, they are clamouring for it. I guess elections do have consequences.

    But they actually called this one way back when the deal first started forming. By not defining "secure" they leave a nice little loophole to delay the process. So they can appear to be for the pathway, but stall it indefinately.

    Do they really think hispanics are stupid? Republicans would have been better off sticking with their old plan. At least before they were standing on what they believed were their principles. Now they will look like vote pandering con men.

    April 16, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  20. JoshG

    They need to change the naturalization law so that one parent needs to be a citizen to be born a citizen here. We can't have people just crossing the border to have a baby and now they can stay. We are talking about 10% of our population being illegal immigrants. This will change america and potentially not for the good. The old america where we just let folks in is gone our population is now over 300 million and we need to reprioritize who and how many we let in

    April 16, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  21. Wake up People!


    Great post.

    April 16, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  22. rs

    "This will take years, alot of money, time and energy, but the border really does need to be secure first. Is there a way to really even secure it?"
    Well, Minnie, that's the GOP plan- the border cannot be secured-so there will never be immigration reform.

    April 16, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |