This is the plan that must be followed! -- big file
A bipartisan group of senators has agreed on a set of principles for a sweeping overhaul of the immigration system, including a pathway to American citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants that would hinge on progress in securing the borders and ensuring that foreigners leave the country when their visas expire.
The senators were able to reach a deal by incorporating the Democrats' insistence on a single comprehensive bill that would not deny eventual citizenship to illegal immigrants, with Republican demands that strong border and interior enforcement had to be clearly in place before Congress could consider legal status for illegal immigrants. [...]
Among the plan's new proposals is the creation of a commission of governors, law enforcement officials and community leaders from border states that would assess when border security measures had been completed. Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol My Plan is Honest --- Theirs Isn't
On Nov. 15, 2011 I spoke at the GovSecWest Government Security Conference and Expo in Phoenix, Arizona. The title of my presentation was "Grading Border Patrol Performance: Is developing a report card possible?" (See video)
I gave the paper again, with some refinements, at the Agricultural Media Summit in Albuquerque on Aug. 6, 2012. This time I called it "How to Solve the Border Problem." (Download the PowerPoint big file)
My plan calls for the creation of a joint federal-state mechanism to determine when border security has been achieved -- just as described in the NY Times story. However, the Senator's plan says the border will be secure only before granting citizenship -- not before legalization. The border must be secured BEFORE any legalization!