“We’ve left it a little intentionally ambiguous,” says Matthew Soerens, Author and World Relief Immigration and Refugee Expert, “because the reality is, to pass a bill there’s going to have to be some compromise.” The dream is that our border would be secure (and humane) and that there would be sufficient means for immigrants to enter the country legally. “That’s why we don’t think we should just do border security without fixing our visa system.”
In the end, legal avenues to immigration would very likely eliminate the majority of illegal immigration. “If you can go to the front door and pay $150 or $300 for a visa, there’s no reason to pay $3,000 or $5,000 to be smuggled in across a desert.”
From The Justice Conference 2012.