May 11, 2013
IS TWENTY TWO YEARS OF UNINTERRUPTED ECONOMIC GROWTH A FLAW?:
The Amnesty Next Time : The specter of 1986 haunts the immigration debate. (FRED BARNES, 5/10/13, Weekly Standard)
In 1986, three million illegal immigrants in the United States were given the right to become citizens. It was a full-scale amnesty, created by a bipartisan majority in Congress and signed into law by President Reagan. It had one big flaw.The amnesty went into effect immediately. And strong measures to secure the border with Mexico and prosecute employers who hired illegals were to follow. The goal was to stop illegal immigration once and for all, while allowing those here illegally to stay.But strengthened enforcement never happened--that was the flaw--and the bill produced a perverse result. Rather than halt the flow of illegal immigrants, the 1986 law actually spurred millions more to come.
It is no coincidence that the only recession since 1986 followed defeat of the follow-up amnesty plan.
Posted by Orrin Judd at May 11, 2013 9:03 AM