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 the incentives provided by Reagan’s immigration reform? Thousands I’m sure. The compassionate thing to do is consistently and fairly uphold the law so potential illegal immigrants are deterred from coming.
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.
The “solutions” put forth by Obama, Romney, Marco Rubio, etc., are exactly 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. Regulations that could’ve prevented the financial crisis were not enforced. Instead of holding gov’t officials responsible for not enforcing the law, a whole new bureaucracy was created by Dodd/Frank. But if there’s 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 whistleblowers like 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 would not listen to his intel 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”. Click here to watch it. 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 eviserates 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 pimps 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 collapse nation states.
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