This “triggers on border security” thing is interesting to me because I don’t see how they’ll quantify any of it. Will it be number of illegals crossing the border, frequency of patrols, height of border wall, number of sharks with frickin’ laser beams in the border moat? This seems like exactly the kind of thing the GOP loves: some tough-sounding, poorly-defined measure that allows them to justify however they vote:
One, Marco Rubio and Republicans considering any comprehensive immigration reform want a “trigger” to make sure that border enforcement comes before legalization. “Unless there’s real enforcement triggers, we are not going to have a bill that moves on the opportunity to apply for a green card,” Rubio told Rush Limbaugh yesterday. (The big question here, of course: What would these “triggers” be?)
Could see it going either way: YES to immigration reform because we’ve got the moat now (read: because we want to avoid political suicide) or NO because the moat’s not wide enough (read: because we’re afraid of getting primaried by Teahdist). Probably the latter though.