TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Border security definition remins key in senators' immigration plan

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, 6:56 p.m.
 

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators working to craft immigration legislation is focusing on how to define when the border is secure, one of several contentious issues that could cause the whole deal to collapse, a key Senate negotiator said on Thursday.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., pointed to “serious challenges ahead” as the lawmakers delve into the nitty gritty of border security, how to define a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, and other issues such as a guest worker program — something business wants and organized labor has concerns about.

“Make no mistake about it, these are difficult and thorny issues, and all three of us have seen any one of these issues bring previous immigration bills down,” Schumer said at a news conference with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.

Schumer, Durbin and the other six senators who proposed an immigration bill blueprint this week want assurances on border security before a path to citizenship can begin. President Obama does not endorse such a linkage in his own immigration proposal, and the White House argues that the border is more secure now than it ever has been. But Republicans in the Senate group, including John McCain of Arizona and Marco Rubio of Florida, say they can't support an immigration bill that doesn't make a pathway to citizenship conditional on a secure border.

What constitutes a secure border remains to be determined.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. North Korea may have key to nuclear missile, general says
  2. Warhol bodyguard sued over hidden artwork
  3. Washington city takes stock of damage from rare tornado
  4. U.S. rules out apology to Pyongyang in exchange for 2 imprisoned Americans
  5. 2 California deputies slain, suspect captured
  6. New York, New Jersey order 21-day quarantine of all in contact with Ebola virus
  7. Test confirms remains are missing Virginia student’s
  8. Hatchet attack was terror, NYPD says
  9. Seattle area school homecoming ‘prince’ guns down classmates
  10. Earth heads for record 2014
  11. EPA hopes grants will reduce Lake Erie algae
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.