Skip to comments.The disastrous, forgotten 1996 law that created today's immigration problem
Posted on 06/18/2018 12:13:46 AM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK
Both sides of the aisle agree that the current US immigration system is broken. It's why immigration's stayed a hot-button political issue and policy debate, and part of what has made Donald Trump the likely 2016 Republican nominee for president.
But the system hasn't always been broken. Or rather, it hasn't always been broken in this particular way.
Everyone remembers that in 1986, President Ronald Reagan passed an "amnesty" law. But what most people don't know is that in 1996 fresh off the heels of signing welfare reform, and two years after signing the "crime bill" President Bill Clinton signed a bill that overhauled immigration enforcement in the US and laid the groundwork for the massive deportation machine that exists today.
Both welfare reform and the crime bills Clinton signed have been relitigated during a contentious Democratic primary, but the 1996 immigration bill the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act hasn't.
That's mostly because Democrats have come a long way on the issue since 1996, and advocates have been happy to let them do it without asking too many questions about the past. Only now are some progressive Democrats trying to raise the issue (32 members of the House of Representatives have signed onto a congressional resolution condemning the 1996 law, introduced Thursday by Rep. Raul Grijalva).
(Excerpt) Read more at vox.com ...
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Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act
The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRAIRA) represents an effort by Congress to strengthen and streamline U.S. immigration laws. The Act was designed to improve border control by imposing criminal penalties for racketeering, alien smuggling and the use or creation of fraudulent immigration-related documents and increasing interior enforcement by agencies charged with monitoring visa applications and visa abusers.
Employment eligibility verification guidelines are also incorporated into the Act, including sanctions for employers who fail to comply with the regulations and restrictions on unfair immigration-related employment practices, as well as provisions governing the dispersment of governement aid to aliens.
Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, http://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/PUBLAW/HTML/PUBLAW/0-0-0-10948.html
Clinton signed it, but it is the evil Conservatives’ fault.
yada yada yada . . .
You and Fedora need to combine your work !
is that a good thing or a bad thing ?
Punk. I was just going to post this same article....
Thanks for the good information. Maybe it will help readers to ignore the trolls and give President Trump the majority in Congress that he needs to get as far as he can with fixing it.
It only took a day, each, to sack Rome several times. It will take longer, though, to fix the immigration system against the wishes of so many evil constituents and their politicians who push for global slavery.
Vote in the midterm elections this year. Give President Trump the best Congress that we can give him.
Raul Grijalva? Say no more. He’s a Bernie Bro who wants open borders.
You have to go back to Teddy Fat Boy Kennedy in 1965 to get to the root of the problem. And to the Democrat congresses that were elected with LBJ in ‘64.
“President Reagan passed an amnesty law...”
Uh, presidents don’t pass laws. Congress does. Presidents sign, or not.
“You have to go back to Teddy Fat Boy Kennedy in 1965 to get to the root of the problem. “
The groups that paid Kennedy are the root of the problem.
Talk about a reversal of logic.
The 1996 law did not create the problem.
It was an attempt to fix the problem created by the 1965 law and the Amnesty.
Exactly. The Democrats have had opportunities since 1994 to change that law.
Exactly. The Democrats have had opportunities since 1996 (rather) to change that law.
The article is wrong on the true cause of the “spike in deportations”.
The primary and essential cause was the spike in the numbers of illegal immigrants.
Unfortunately, the authors of the article are doing nothing less than suggesting that the spike of illegal immigration would have been and should have been tolerated more, by the law, were it not for the 1996 changes in the law.
For them there is only one issue - there are too many deporations, not too many illegal immigrants.
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