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April 14, 2006

The Fruits Of Serial Amnesty For Millions Of Illegal Aliens

Topics: Immigration and Border Issues

... the Immigration and Reform and Control Act of 1986 was an example of serial amnesty, ... after each legalization in the nation's history, the illegal alien population increased, requiring another legalization and "another round of protests and street marches." - former INS official.

And here we go again, just like 1986 - same song, same verse, 20 years and 8.4 million more illegal aliens later, with many more still coming!

In a short "right to the heart of the problem" piece at Human Events Online, Mac Johnson reminds us of the past failures of amnesty programs and points to reports that just the mere talk of amnesty has caused a huge spike in border infiltration, as hundreds of thousands more illegal aliens are rushing to get into the country in time to qualify for all the freebies currently being contemplated in Congress:

Amnesty, aka "Earned Legalization," aka a "Guest Worker Program" is said to be part of the solution to the uncontrolled flood of millions of foreign citizens illegally forcing their way into the United States each year.

Amnesty for 2.6 million illegal aliens in 1986 worked so well that today the number of illegal aliens in the country has risen to at least 11 million -- a 423% increase in immigration crime. It's almost like rewarding illegal behavior causes more illegal behavior.

But this amnesty will be different. If we reward the 11 million immigration criminals currently here in violation of our visa, tax, and employment laws, we are told, that will help end illegal immigration by bringing these admirable folks "out of the shadows."

Well, apparently it has brought them out of the shadows and straight into the hot desert sun of the border region. The Associated Press reports that just the talk of amnesty has caused a huge spike in border infiltration, as hundreds of thousands more illegal aliens rush to get into the country in time to qualify for all the freebies currently being contemplated in Congress.

The AP reported that Francisco Loureiro, the manager of a "shelter" providing space to people waiting for night to break into America, said that "he has not seen such a rush of migrants since 1986, when the United States allowed 2.6 million illegal residents to get American citizenship."


Jerry Sepe, writing at The Washington Times and quoting high-ranking law-enforcement authorities and immigration officials agrees - that any guest-worker program approved by Congress for the nation's 11 million illegal aliens would spawn a new wave of cheap-labor illegals that already-overwhelmed federal authorities are unprepared to handle.

A former high-ranking U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) official said the federal government does not have an adequate post-legalization enforcement program to prevent an expected flood of fraudulent identity documents or sanction employers who hire the new illegals.

"The new illegal aliens will be cheaper than the guest workers, and there will be nobody in the government to check up on them," said the official, who asked not to be identified. "If there is no enforcement, illegals will pour in, requiring serial amnesties or legalization efforts."

If any of the guest-worker, or amnesty, plans now pending in Congress are approved, the nation will experience an even greater flood of illegal aliens than in the wake of President Reagan's 1986 amnesty program, said several officials.

Under the Immigration and Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA), INS added 1,000 inspectors -- bringing the total to 2,000 -- and they were not able to enforce the employer sanctions and fraud laws outlined in the bill, said the former immigration official. The law-enforcement authorities and immigration officials said IRCA was designed to address a population of fewer than 3 million illegal aliens.

"The illegals kept flooding in ... and now we have another fine mess, this time with marching in the streets," he said, adding that newly arriving illegal labor under a guest-worker program will compete against those granted legal status and can be paid less because they will have no recourse or appeal.

"It is not likely that the smuggling and illegal labor industry will just shut down due to a guest-worker program," he said.

Read the rest of the frustrating details...

With these tidbits of wisdom derived from previous experience and "boots on the ground" assessments of our ability to handle what our politicians in Washington are proposing, does "serial amnesty" make any sense at all? If you're struggling for an answer, I'll give you a clue: "It's hell no"!

Let President Bush and your Representatives in Congress know (Representatives and Senators) how you feel about this issue.

Posted by Richard at April 14, 2006 6:52 AM

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