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Conservatives and Citizenship

jmg11 Wrote: Mar 08, 2013 6:08 PM
Excellent! I never thought of that (and I should have). That's why I keep coming to Townhall, I learn something useful with every visit.

Jeb Bush's recent backtracking on the question of whether we should grant legal residency but withhold citizenship to the 11 million illegal immigrants living in the country today is far less draconian than some advocates for legalization are claiming. It is an idea that has been floated by others who support legalization, including scholar Peter Skerry of Boston College.

As Skerry points out in a recent article for National Affairs, not all immigrants -- and certainly not all of those who came here illegally -- want to become citizens. In 1986, when Congress granted legal status to approximately three million...