As Democrats and Republicans continue to debate the most viable path to achieve a comprehensive immigration overhaul, both sides are staking their claim as to who has the better plan. As a member who has sat on the Homeland Security Committee since its inception, I have watched and participated in this debate and have witnessed both failures and successes. Many Republicans claim that nothing or little has been done to enforce the laws currently on the books or to secure our border. I disagree, and today I want set the record straight. As legislation to change our immigration system takes shape in the Senate, many Republicans are using the same old excuses, such as “we need to secure our borders first” or “President Obama has not done enough to enforce our current immigration laws” to prevent a comprehensive immigration overhaul bill from moving forward.
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