President Ronald Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act into law Nov. 6, 1986. Also known as the Simpson Mazzoli Act, the law gave amnesty to approximately 3 million illegal immigrants. Now, the U.S. has an estimated 12 million more illegal immigrants residing in the country.
Clearly, Reagan’s immigration reform created an incentive for more illegal immigration. Was it compassionate to encourage millions of men, women, and children to risk their lives to come here illegally? Was it compassionate to encourage them to live in legal limbo once they arrived? I don’t think so. How many people have died crossing deserts and oceans because of incentives provided by Reagan’s immigration reform? Many for sure. If this were a debate over gun control, the left would be demanding a ban on all immigration because it might save the life of one child.
The compassionate response is consistently and fairly enforcing the law as a means to deter illegal immigration. This would save lives and reduce the number of illegal immigrants living in legal limbo. Repeating the 1986 reform act would only make the problem worse. Think about it as an individual. How many people can you take into your home before living conditions deteriorate for everyone? There’s a limit on the national level as well. A nation’s first responsibility is to its legal citizens, doing otherwise undermines the rule of law and integrity of citizenship.
The compassionate policy would be to announce there will be no more amnesty, and begin a long term deportation plan focusing on those who have criminal records other than being here illegally. Then put more resources into helping productive individuals become citizens while reducing spending on programs for illegal immigrants. This creates an incentive for those serious about becoming legal U.S. citizens, and provides a deterrent for illegal entry. The goal is not to deport 12 million illegals, the goal is to consistently enforce the law in a way that preserves the integrity of our borders, citizenship, and economy.
On January 3, 2014, Jack Martin spoke about immigration reform. He’s Project Director for FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which is opposed to amnesty for illegal immigrants. Jack talked about the powerful and well funded groups advocating for amnesty. They include big business, unions, ethnic groups, religious groups, and universities. Jack explained why each group supports amnesty and said the only thing stopping the amnesty agenda is “public opinion”. So never underestimate the power of the people. Contact your elected officials and say no to amnesty, Obamacare, the EPA, and other policies subverting our Constitutional Republic. Talk to your friends and like minded business associates, organize a group dedicated to influencing public officials. We must get in the game or accept defeat.
The “solutions” put forth by Obama, Romney, Marco Rubio, etc., are the same as Reagan’s, and will continue to make the problem worse. It’s not possible to believe they don’t know this. Never ending policy “reform” is part of a larger pattern where government fails to enforce existing laws, and then uses their failure as a pretext to implement harmful reforms. The financial crisis is a prime example. In the link below, Rep. Don Manzullo said regulators had all the tools necessary to prevent the financial crisis. But instead of holding government officials responsible for not enforcing existing law, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was created by Dodd-Frank. But if there are no consequences for regulators who fail to do their job, why would financial and immigration reforms be a solution?
The same thing “happened” with 911. FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds said intelligence that could’ve prevented 911, was ignored by senior officials. John O’Neill was Director of Counter Terrorism at the FBI before 911. Top FBI officials ignored his intelligence reports indicating a possible attack, so a frustrated O’Neill quit the FBI and went to work as head of security for the World Trade Center. He was killed in the 911 attack. PBS did a documentary about O’Neill called The Man Who Knew. Government failed to act on intelligence that could’ve prevented 911, then used their failure as a pretext to pass the Patriot Act, warrantless wiretapping, and other legislation that eviscerates the Bill of Rights. Immigration reform is just another criminal attack on U.S. sovereignty and the unalienable rights of its citizens.
The Wall Street Journal has for years, editorialized in favor of illegal immigration. Why? 1) Bipartisan leaders said free trade, which has decimated the U.S. manufacturing base, would transition America to a “low wage service economy”. Illegal immigrants work for low wages and drive down the wages for others. 2) Then, politicians and their Wall Street cronies, whose policies cause economic decline, use illegal immigrants as scapegoats. It’s the old divide and conquer routine. 3) Globalization is an elitist attack on the sovereignty of nation states. Undermining the integrity of borders and citizenship via illegal immigration, is part of the globalist agenda to subvert the sovereignty of nation states. For more info click on the pdf file Knowledge is Power.