This is big news.
The Washington Times reports that Arlen Specter, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has settled on a border security first approach to immigration reform. This revelation comes days after Specter’s embattled Pennsylvania colleague Rick Santorum introduced a border security first immigration reform proposal in the Senate.
“Are we out of touch with the American people? We may be, on the basis of what the American people know today,” he said, adding that the broken borders and poor interior enforcement get most of the attention. But he said he’s having hearings, beginning July 5 in Pennsylvania, to look at the need for a guest-worker program and to examine how to deal with current illegal aliens.
Mr. Specter said that although the Senate would insist on a guest-worker program and a path to citizenship for many illegal aliens in the final compromise bill, he is open to legislation that would make those proposals contingent on having a secure border and improved interior enforcement.
“It may be down the line that we will come to some terms on a timetable, with border security first and employment verification first,” he said.