A new amnesty for illegal aliens will reinforce the message that the United States welcomes or at least tolerates illegal migration. Our immigration history – especially the surge in illegal entry after the general amnesty of 1986 – proves that effect. But that is not the most important reason for opposing the new amnesty being proposed for the so-called ‘dreamers.’
The most important reason for opposing a new amnesty is that each time an amnesty is adopted it becomes harder to oppose the next one.
When the general amnesty for illegal aliens was enacted in 1986 the public was assured that it was a one-time event and would never be repeated. But, since then, the supporters of open borders have pushed for additional amnesties. They have gained them for Haitians and Central Americans, as well as other limited legalization measures such as the DACA program and allowing many of them to gain legal permanent residence following travel abroad.
The current proposed amnesty by the White House includes all of those who gained temporary amnesty under the Obama administration’s DACA program, plus other hundreds of thousands who have a similar background but have not yet sought that amnesty. But, not part of the current proposal are the additional millions of illegal aliens including family members of the DACA beneficiaries. The open borders lobby is already pushing to protect those additional illegal aliens plus other hundreds of thousands living and working here under temporary protected status from deportation. A proposal has surfaced to create a new visa category that would offer the additional millions legal status but not green cards yet. That subterfuge it is nothing more than a disguised holding action until a new general amnesty is pushed through Congress.
It is delusional to think that the current negotiations will solve the problem of illegal immigration if it includes an amnesty component, even if the amnesty is limited. It is merely a foot in the door, and amnesty advocates will not cease their efforts to push it open wider. Each time they achieve a new amnesty any resistance will become harder.