Skip to comments.How America Failed to Control Illegal Immigration: A new book tells an important story.
Posted on 07/17/2020 4:53:17 AM PDT by karpov
The basic narrative of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 is simple and well-known: Conservatives and liberals compromised, trading an illegal-immigrant amnesty for better enforcement going forward. The amnesty happened; the enforcement did not. The experience has haunted the Right ever since, making further compromises in the same vein incredibly difficult.
Often lost, though, is the story of exactly how the law failed and why it wasnt fixed. Losing Control: How a Left-Right Coalition Blocked Immigration Reform and Provoked the Backlash That Elected Trump, the new book from Jerry Kammer of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), fills that gap. It explains decades worth of developments in the politics and policy of illegal immigration, from the funding of think tanks to the coverage of major newspapers to polls of the general public to votes in Congress. Over all this, the botched 1986 law casts a dark shadow.
The overarching message here is that even as the public clamored for better immigration enforcement, the government was never really serious about it. Presidents occasionally stepped up activity to get good headlines, especially at the border, but neither the executive nor the legislature ever truly had the guts to punish businesses that hired illegal immigrants the most promising way of actually addressing the problem. Thus the 1986 law was toothless from the beginning, rarely enforced even as well as it could have been, and never fixed with subsequent legislation.
Kammer himself, the resident liberal at the restrictionist CIS, is open to another amnesty-for-enforcement deal, so long as the enforcement promises are credible this time. Reading his own book, one wonders how that could ever possibly come to pass.
The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) came on the tail end of exhausting, years-long deliberations.
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Tha’s why estimates of the population of illegals in the country are no closer than 10,000,000 persons of (11,000,000 to 20,000,000).
What could go wrong?
Appears to give our Attorney General sharp teeth with employers. No AGs, apparently, have wanted to engage. Would’ve been great work for Sessions.
Sold out to the Chamber of Corruption.
Are you kidding me? The last 4 administrations were ENCOURAGING it.
There are over 30 million illegal aliens here. I have been posting about illegal aliens since 1998. Never mind....
It was by design, not a failure.
How many have gotten individual amnesties before an immigration judge like ‘Uncle Omar’ and ‘Aunt Zietuni?’
Indeed but starting with the 1965 immigration act.
“Indeed but starting with the 1965 immigration act.”
Yes - that was the law that has led to the “fundamental transformation” of America.
My immigration reform plan requires customers to get a cleaning/landscaping contract rebate/discount if customers detect an illegal.
To prevent getting zinged $8000 on a $100000 contract, the contractor will screen his labor force well.
The wealthy think they are immune from federal wealth taxation.
They are not. An above average Mississippi resident wealth tax payment can be compensated for by a federal income tax credit.
After bidding $400 million, we won the 2024 enforcement contract for LA County Mr. Employer. Jose appears to be illegal. Please pay us his total compensation amount within 30 days or there will be a late payment surcharge.
One problem that will occur (if made ‘legal’)...they will all have visas, and then demand ‘regular’ pay. The underground business system will refuse, and a whole new group of migrants will arrive to take up the underground pay system.
GHW Bush was the President that was supposed to implement the enforcement measures that were supposed to make another amnesty unnecessary.
He had other ideas.
Namely to flood the country with foreigners to outvote the citizens to steal the country from us and subsume it to the UN.
New World Order could not happen with US standing in the way.
This should be part of a Comprehensive Immigration Enforcement bill, missing since 1986 ONE TIME amnesty. Since that amnesty was granted already, a second amnesty is off the table. What remains is the enforcement the Democrats have disallowed since then.
The List of Comprehensive Immigration Enforcement, missing since 1986 goes like this -
1) southern barrier;
2) require eVerify to hire;
3) end all chain migration;
4) birthright per Minor v. Happersett (plural parents);
5) end work visas;
6) 10-year moratorium on all new applications for citizenship (40 years to allow workplace automation effects on downsizing population);
7) Set up an illegal aliens victim restitution fund.
Enactment of these provisions will motivate illegal aliens to SELF-deport, and remove colonizadors from our welfare rolls.
We need to pass these protections in order not to make out Democrats as liars who promised the protection in exchange for a ONE TIME AMNESTY. The Democrats got the amnesty already. Now its past time for the protections we were promised.
Thats the trust the President is violating.
Estimates of the number of illegals in the USA are typically vastly understated.
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