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Opinion

JEFF JACOBY

Secure borders? US already has them

In the clamor over immigration, the demand for more border security has been unrelenting. Immigration restrictionists have dug in their heels, insisting that stronger border controls must come before any other change. The Senate’s bipartisan Gang of Eight, bowing to political reality, is proposing an immigration overhaul that creates a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants living in the United States, but makes it contingent on a series of border-focused security “triggers.”

The bill they introduced last month is styled the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013” — the order of those terms is not random — yet a majority of Americans doubts the government would actually secure the border if the law is passed. Florida Senator Marco Rubio, one of the bill’s sponsors, publicly invited critics to suggest ways the security triggers could be made even tougher.

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