Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., told CNN's Candy Crowley today that "the road to the White House comes through a road with a pathway to [citizenship]." Menendez was suggesting that without a pathway to citizenship, the Republican party will never win another presidential election.

Menendez' comment came during "State of the Union" discussion of the border security issue, and how the GOP wants to ensure that border security is credibly established before individuals who are presently in this country are given amnesty and allowed to become U.S. citizens. That was the sequence promised in the 1986 immigration reform, but was never implemented. Menendez balked at the notion, essentially saying that border security should not be "an impediment to the pathway to legal citizenship."

Menendez's suggestion today that the White House will be an impossible goal for GOP without giving top priority to amnesty over border security would result in a repitition of the mistakes made in 1986. It's another amnesty first/border security later (maybe) argument. Odds are that repeating the mistakes of 25 years ago will 25 years in the future result in the same problems the country now faces with an estimated 11 million illegal immigrantsrom now.