Why have an immigration bill that contains a two step process consisting of: (1) increased immigration/border enforcement and probationary legal status for illegals; and, upon completing step one, (2) non-probationary residency and a path to citizenship for illegals? Why not just have one bill for immigration/border enforcement and then, when it has been executed, submit a bill for residency and a path to citizenship for illegals?
Why prelegislate the 2nd step? Here's why: the government wants to remove the decision from the public as to whether the first step has been completed. Normally the decision as to whether the first step had been met and whether it was time to move on to the second would be made by the public through the legislative process. Not here though.
Why remove the decision from the public? Here's why: to avoid the government having to do the first step.
What is remarkable is that the first step is a requirement for a sovereign nation. It is something that our government has to do already. However, in what is one of the most extraordinary perversions of "democratic" government that I have ever heard of, we (the majority of the people- by all public polls) are being forced to negotiate with our government (by offering it 12 million new citizens) to obtain the performance of one of its fundamental duties. Not only that, but we are, as a result of the prelegislation, being required to accept the government's sole determination as to whether it has satisfied the first step. This determination would be made by the same government that has failed for decades to enforce its immigration laws or its borders. Don't fall for it!
Also, don't be fooled into thinking that the new law would be reversible after it is enacted. The drafters have been very smart. After enactment, all illegals would immediately be entitled to come forward and obtain probationary legal status. Imagine how hard it will be to revert 12 million legal residents back into illegal status - if they themselves have done nothing wrong in the interim.