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Rick Weiland on Immigration

 


Border security and a path to citizenship at the same time

The two of them both say the US needs to improve its border security and provide illegal immigrants some form of path to citizenship, but there's a lot of daylight between Rounds and Weiland.

Rounds says border security has to come first, to be completed before a path to citizenship for immigrants here illegally can begin, with plenty of preconditions and limitations, requiring "10 to 15 years to apply for citizenship. This is not amnesty."

Weiland, on the other hand, said there's no reason why border security & a path to citizenship can't proceed at the same time. He endorsed the Senate immigration bill, which Rounds opposes for being insufficiently tough on border security. But that border security shouldn't stop movement on letting illegal immigrants move toward citizenship, Weiland said. Supporters of Sen. John Thune's amendment (including Rounds) would require border security to come first; opponents say border security will be used to block the path to citizenship perpetually.

Source: Argus Leader on 2014 South Dakota Senate race , Jun 30, 2013

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