NYT Says Arizona Border is “Sealed”

“A surge in migrant traffic across the Southwest border into Texas has resulted in a milestone: the front line of the battle against illegal crossings from Mexico has shifted for the first time in over a decade away from Arizona to the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas,” the New York Times says.

“This shift has intensified a bitter debate under way in the Senate over whether the border is secure enough now, or ever will be, to move ahead with legislation that could give legal status to millions of illegal immigrants already here.”

Rubio Aide: Some American Workers Can’t Cut It

“Politico’s Playbook has an excerpt from a new Ryan Lizza piece from The New Yorker that is not yet online. It contains a passage on the back-and-forth between labor and the Chamber that has a quote from a Rubio staffer that is going to raise eyebrows, to say the least,” notes Rich Lowry at National Review.

“There are American workers who, for lack of a better term, can’t cut it. There shouldn’t be a presumption that every American worker is a star performer. There are people who just can’t get it, can’t do it, don’t want to do it. And so you can’t obviously discuss that publicly.”

Conn Carroll at the Washington Examiner adds, “And there you have one of ugly assumptions underlying the Schumer-Rubio amnesty bill: Too many American workers just can’t cut it, so we need to import hundreds of thousands of low-skill immigrants every year who will do their jobs for them.”

Rubio: Amnesty Bill 95% Perfect

“Sen. Marco Rubio says he supports the vast majority of what’s in the Senate immigration bill that he helped craft as a member of the Gang of Eight and sees the final legislation resolving his concerns. ‘It’s an excellent starting point. And I think 95, 96 percent of the bill is in perfect shape and ready to go,’ the Florida Republican said Sunday on ABC’s ‘This Week.’ ‘But there are elements that need to be improved,'” Politico notes.

Open Border Republicans Show Contempt for Americans

“When it comes to the issue of immigration, the open borders “right” has adopted the parlance, tactics, and ad hominem attacks that traditionally emanate from the left. They impugn the motives of those who desire strong border security and orderly/gradual immigration as racist. However, in recent days, it is they who have been exposed as individuals who harbor deep-rooted prejudges…against native border Americans,” says Daniel Horrowitz at RedState.com.

Victor Davis Hanson: The Immigration Divide is Between Elites and The Rest of America

“The divide over immigration reform is not primarily a Left/Right or Democratic/Republican divide; instead, it cuts, and sharply so, across class lines. Elites blur the distinction between legal and illegal immigration to ensure that the opponents of the latter appear to be against the former. They talk grandly of making legal immigration meritocratic, but fall silent when asked to what degree. They talk darkly of racist subtexts in the arguments of their opponents, but skip over the overt ethnic chauvinism of proponents of amnesty; they decry conservative paranoia over a new demography, but never liberal euphoria over just such a planned reset. They talk deprecatingly of rubes who do not understand the new global realties, but never of their own parochialism ensconced in New York or Washington or San Francisco. They talk of reactionaries who do not fathom the ins and outs of the debate; never of their own willful ignorance of the realities on the ground in East L.A. or southwest Fresno,” says Victor Davis Hanson.