Speaking on the Senate floor Thursday, Sen. Chuck Schumer admitted it will take “years and years and years” to secure the border. The chief negotiator behind the Gang of 8 immigration bill was speaking against an amendment offered by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA). The amendment would have blocked legalization of current illegal immigrants until the border was certified as secure for 6 months.
Schumer argued that the Grassley amendment would delay for too long the legalization, and the “pathway to citizenship” for 12 million illegals. His admission, though, goes to the heart of conservative anxiety about the Gang’s bill. Immediate legalization and the prospect of citizenship without a secure border will likely attract a new wave of illegals crossing the border.