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Immigration reform outline: Six security triggers required before green cards issued

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      Matt K. Lewis

      Matt K. Lewis is a senior contributor to The Daily Caller, and a contributing editor for The Week. He is a respected commentator on politics and cultural issues, and has been cited by major publications such as The Washington Post and The New York Times. Matt is from Myersville, MD and currently resides in Alexandria, VA. Follow Matt K. Lewis on Twitter <a>@mattklewis</a>.

According to a policy backgrounder distributed to members of the media last night (regarding the imminent immigration reform legislation), six security triggers would have to be achieved before any green cards could be awarded.

They are as follows:

1. DHS must create, fund & begin border security plan (6 months after the enactment of the bill)

2. DHS must create, fund & begin border fence plan (6 months)

3. DHS must achieve 100 percent awareness & 90 percent success in high-risk sectors of Mexican border (5 years)

4. If DHS fails #3, then Border Commission create & implement plan to achieve #3 (10 years)

5. Universal E-verify must be implemented (10 years)

6. Visa exit system must be implemented for all international airports & seaports (10 years)

None of these triggers, in and of themselves, will solve the problem. Collectively, though — over the course of ten years — this is a huge step toward fixing immigration reform concerns.

According to McClatchy, this immigration bill would, “adopt some of the toughest immigration enforcement measures in the history of the United States.”

Senators are expected to introduce the legislation later today.