Congressman Steve King: Defining the terms of the immigration debate


“Immigration reform” is the catchphrase describing any potential law legalizing millions of illegal border crossers and visa-overstayers. “Comprehensive immigration reform” would combine legalization with enhanced border security, visa reform, and increased interior enforcement. Inevitably, proposed reform is couched as a trade off: immediate amnesty in exchange for reforms that may or may not come to fruition. The stakes of the debate are high, and this emotionally charged Washington DC chess game depends on politics, personalities, elections, procedure, and journalism.

Since no form of legalization will stand up to public scrutiny, so I bring the terms of the debate to you in the clearest, most honest language available to me. I will define “amnesty”, “citizenship” and the “rule of law,” and share my conclusions about all three relative to the current immigration debate.