Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Four Major Myths from the Opposition - Part 1
One of the disturbing facts that makes it very difficult to have a rational discussion about the need for comprehensive immigration reform are a number of myths that are basic assumptions made by the opponents of comprehensive immigration reform that are very hard to overcome. Thus, parties of good faith often talk past each other rather than having a meaningful discussion of necessary changes in immigration laws in order to protect our borders and to make sure we do not have the continuing large scale illegal/undocumented immigration. Those 4 myths are as follows:
Immigration Myth #1
All Immigration Reform Is “Amnesty.”
This is a myth. Since this issue was brought to the forefront by President George W. Bush, none of the proposals have included a true form of “amnesty” proposal. The last real amnesty bill, which was signed by President Ronald Reagan, was the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, which provided for a broad based legalization program in exchange for which employers were required to verify that all future job hires were authorized to work in the United States.
This was real amnesty as eligibility for Lawful Permanent Residency (or so-called “green card” status) was based solely upon the undocumented alien having been here continuously in illegal status since January 1, 1982. No amnesty provision was included in the comprehensive immigration reform bills introduced in both 2006 and 2007.
In exchange for a viable employee verification system for employers, the existing illegal work force that have no criminal record, that paid back taxes and a significant fine for the violation of U. S. immigration laws, and committed to learning English, would have been eligible only for a temporary work visa status that under certain conditions could be extended. Only after a number of years, a certain percentage would be eligible to apply for Lawful Permanent Residency.
This is in no way equates to the 1986 amnesty law.
…. To be continued: Next: MYTH # 2