This Macleans story is titled: “Migrants rush to Arizona border anticipating passage of guest-worker plan.” Some excerpts:
The shelter’s manager, Francisco Loureiro, said he has not seen such a rush of migrants since 1986, when the United States allowed 2.6 million illegal residents to get American citizenship.
This time, the draw is a bill before the U.S. Senate that could legalize some of the 11 million people now illegally in the United States while tightening border security. Migrants are hurrying to cross over in time to qualify for a possible guest-worker program – and before the journey becomes even harder.
Many migrants said they were being encouraged to come now by relatives living in the United States.
Many of the migrants also are being driven by a desire to get into the United States before the likelihood that legislators further fortify the border.
I’m sympathetic to all of those who want to come to this country for opportunity–although I’d be a lot more sympathetic if they came legally. But it seems to me that the current rush to the border is more evidence that before we even think about other changes to our immigration policies, we need to secure our borders so that we can control who is coming and going. If we don’t have control over our borders, any “policy” we pretend to implement is meaningless.
Via Power Line News.