Immigration expert and author Roger Fleming says that before any type of amnesty or pathway to citizenship is passed, the border must be secure, and that could take 10 years.
"I know people say, 'look, we can't secure that border, that's impossible," Fleming told Ed Berliner on "MidPoint" on Newsmax TV
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"I don't buy into that argument," he said. "The United States could secure the border if it had the will and decided to do it.
"It would probably take 10 years to do it, but if you came up with some kind of a triggered amnesty provision to do it, then everybody would have some skin in the game," Fleming explained.
"If you said, 'look, we'll provide some form of pathway to citizenship for the people who are here now illegally, but we're going to secure the border first, and we're not going to do it until the border's secure,' then everybody, the people who are here illegally, who want their citizenship, would be in favor of closing the border then too," he contends.
Fleming in early June released "Majority Rules,"
a novel about the politics that surrounds immigration reform.
"I interviewed a lot of people for this book when I wrote it, and a lot of them were illegal aliens who came in here, who are now citizens, and I asked them a lot of different questions," he said.
"The question I asked in the end to every one of them was, 'Now that you're here and you're a U.S. citizen, do you think the United States should secure that border?' And every one of them said 'yes,'" Fleming added.
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