(Washington Examiner) Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., has caused a minor stir with comments that the “Gang of Eight” previously decided to “de-link” border security triggers from the pathway to citizenship.

In other words, the comprehensive immigration reform package does not have to ensure that the legislation’s border security directives are actually carried out, lest former undocumented immigrant residents, newly legalized, have their path to citizenship delayed until that happens, if it ever does.

Durbin’s remarks were reported by National Journal’s Fawn Johnson, and were somewhat surprising since linking border security to the path to citizenship is exactly how the four Republicans in the “Gang of Eight” have gone about selling the bill to both conservative activists and their GOP colleagues on Capitol Hill. Durbin is one of four Democrats in the gang.

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