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Better Tools for Immigration Reform Than in 1986

davidfarrar Wrote: Jan 31, 2013 11:21 AM
It doesn't matter what conditions are placed on illegal aliens to earn their right to citizenship, all will be broken because neither the Republicans, nor Democrats, are politically interested in enforcement, as we have seen since the last attempt at amnesty. Last time around on Immigration, we put our faith in Congress to actually carry out the promises made during their negotiations; that was our mistake and we lost our shirts. This time around it has to be based on an Amendment. ex animo davidfarrar

Yesterday, as Barack Obama called for a bipartisan immigration bill in Las Vegas and Sen. Marco Rubio called for one on Rush Limbaugh's program, the chances for passage look surprisingly good.

But in some quarters -- mostly from the right, but also from liberals like blogger Mickey Kaus -- comes a complaint that deserves to be addressed.

We tried this once already, they say, in the 1986 immigration act. We were told that in return for legalization of illegal immigrants we would get tough border control and strict enforcement against employers who hired illegals.

We got the amnesty, these folks say,...