South Carolina Congressman James Clyburn and his fellow House members are standing by to consider Senate’s immigration bill. Meanwhile, the 6th District Democrat said he would entertain the idea of using drones to patrol U.S. borders.
“I think that’s a better way than trying to erect a fence,” Clyburn told affiliate WCRS in Greenwood. “I really believe that uses of drones or some other kind of device could be effective and I really believe it will be less cost.”
Some Republicans are demanding total border security before they will allow other reforms to happen.
“Nothing is 100 percent; I don’t care what it is that you attempt to do,” Clyburn said. “And for anybody to believe that you are going to have a border that is 100 percent secure, that is just unrealistic.”
Clyburn says there are 12 to 14 million illegal immigrants “living in the shadows” in this country and he supports a plan to offer them a chance to become citizens.
Anne Eller contributed to this report.