Skip to comments.Amnesty: The Scariest Word in Immigration Politics
Posted on 05/03/2013 4:09:24 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
The last large-scale legalization of undocumented immigrants, the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), is often called "the 1986 amnesty." The law created a relatively straightforward pathway to citizenship, and 2.7 million undocumented immigrants eventually got green cards through the program.
But amnesty in the context of immigration is more than a way to describe legalization. It's become a dirty word in the debate -- immigration's equivalent of Obamacare.
That's no accident. Since 1986, restrictionist groups have hammered home the message that the last legalization program didn't stop illegal immigration, and that the "amnesty" failed.
Buzzwords have their limits, however, as we saw with Obamacare. After months of Tea Party faithful ranting against it, the Obama administration simply decided to adopt the name themselves.
Whether Obamacare still has a negative connotation is debatable. But one thing isn't: it's a law.
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Under current law, the penalty for the offense of entering and/or remaining in this country illegally is deportation.
Any law that pardons that offense by ignoring that penalty and granting the offenders a legal status they had not previously been entitled to, is by definition an Amnesty.
That would remain true even if that law's fines were not waiverable, the back taxes (from lower income undocumented workers) were not imaginary, and its other requirements were not mere tokens.
Sounds like the same stuff some of the free trade extremists were calling me on another thread....kinda like “restrictionist”
Its all Illegal Alien Amnesty.... any other term is a lie