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Better Tools for Immigration Reform Than in 1986

Jesse80 Wrote: Jan 31, 2013 6:25 AM
The president needs to truly negotiate , something which he has shown absolutely no stomach for even attempting. Perhaps it seems too much like an academic assignment ( due by next class) when all he wants to do is party. People used to speak of an " Imperial Presidency " in administrations past. I haven't seen anything like this one since Nixon and maybe not even then. May our unrepentant imperialist meet the same fate and let us hope that a changed heart makes it unnecessary.

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,...