Defining a secure border will be crucial for immigration plan

Cindy Carcamo
January 29, 2013

The fate of 11 million people could hinge on the interpretation of border security.

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An immigration-reform blueprint by a bipartisan group of senators includes a path to U.S. citizenship for those who are in the country illegally. But the blueprint, released Monday, specifies that the federal government must first certify that the U.S.-Mexico border is secure.

Immigrant rights groups fear that millions of people will be in limbo until the security threshold appeases those dissatisfied with the border’s status.

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