Tuesday, March 29, 2011
From the Center for American Progress:
The “Border Security First” Argument: A Red Herring Undermining Real Security
Assessing DHS Progress and Looking Forward
By Marshall Fitz, Angela Maria Kelley, Ann Garcia
Opponents of comprehensive immigration reform argue that we need a fully secure border before we can systemically overhaul our immigration laws. Ironically, the “border security first” mantra is actually thwarting progress on border security.
This brief shows that the Department of Homeland Security met and exceeded stringent enforcement benchmarks that “border security first” supporters laid out in legislation that failed to pass Congress in 2007.
It is past time to put aside this tired expression and start working on comprehensive solutions to fix the system.
Read more and download this issue brief here.