The bipartisan immigration reform bill that passed the Senate last month has its virtues that will benefit the nation economically and otherwise, but it also has its flaws. No flaw is bigger than its expensive and ill-considered approach to border security.
There’s little reason to think Congress will pass comprehensive immigration reform this year. Too many House Republicans stand in the way, locked against any legislation that offers illegal immigrants a path toward citizenship, however arduous. But should representatives and senators find themselves in conference to work out an immigration compromise, they would do well to favor the approach to border security sponsored by Republican U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul of Austin.
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