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Marco Rubio’s completely worthless border security triggers

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Conn Carroll

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has produced a press release detailing “six security trigger steps that must be met before any currently illegal immigrant is given access to a green card.” They are as follows:

1.The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must create, fund, and begin a border security plan within six months.
2. DHS must create, fund, and begin a border fence plan within six months.
3. DHS must achieve 100% awareness and 90% success in apprehending those trying to cross the border in high-risk sectors of Mexican border within 5 years.
4. If DHS fails to achieve step three, a Border Commission made up of border-state governors and officials is created and charged with implementing a plan to successfully achieve 100% awareness and 90% success in apprehending those trying to cross the border in high-risk sectors of Mexican border.
5. A universal E-Verify system must be implemented within 10 years.
6. A visa-exit system must be implemented for all international airports and seaports within 10 years.

None of these triggers will assure any actual border security.

1. The DHS border security plan is just a plan. No plan has ever stopped anyone from crossing a border.
2. The DHS border fence plan is just a plan. No plan has ever stopped anyone from crossing a border.
3. Will DHS use their old system of tracking apprehensions, which shows they capture about 65 percent of border-crossers? Or will they use new drone data showing they catch less than half of border-crossers? The bill doesn’t say. But it doesn’t matter because see number four.
4. If DHS fails to catch 90 percent of border-crossers, all that happens is the creation of a Border Commission that must produce a report. That’s it. A report. No report has ever stopped anyone from crossing a border.
5. There are zero metrics in the bill to determine if the E-Verify system has been adequately implemented. And even if there were, there is no citizen suit provision empowering citizens to stop the secretary of homeland security from declaring the E-Verify system “implemented” and granting provisional residents permanent legal status.
6. There are zero metrics in the bill to determine if the visa-exit system has been adequately implemented. And even if there were, there is no citizen suit provision empowering citizens to stop the secretary of homeland security from declaring the visa-exit system “implemented” and granting provisional residents permanent legal status.

Nothing in the Gang of Eight immigration bill is any different than the many past promises the federal government has made to secure the border. It does promise to spend $6.5 billion more on securing the border, but conservatives have never believed that effective public policy is measured by inputs. What matters is what security measures U.S. citizens can actually enforce in court. There are none in this bill.

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