Amnesty again? Remember 1986
by D.A. King
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“We used the word ‘legalization,’ and everybody fell asleep lightly for a while, and we were able to do legalization.”

— Former Wyoming Sen. Alan K. Simpson, co-sponsor of the “one-time” 1986 amnesty for illegal aliens, to NPR, 2010.



There can be no more effective reminder that the current attempt to legalize 11 million to 20 million illegal aliens is a shameless, calculated and deceptive scam than the rallying cry “REMEMBER 1986!” Particularly for conservatives. And some Republicans too.

The liberal media seldom begins a news report on another legalization that’s “not amnesty” without stating that “the Republican party has taken a second look at its immigration stance since the 2012 election.” This in hope that the low-information and obedient GOP-bot voter will succumb to the endless false assertions that if granted citizenship, then grateful, low-wage, entitlement-dependent workers would vote for low-tax, small-government Republican candidates. That is, if any of these vanishing conservative creatures were then able to make it out of a primary election.

The announced goals of the Republican establishment for another legalization are to capture the Hispanic vote and to “solve immigration forever.”

So, let’s make it clear. Again. In 1988, just two years after the Republican establishment actually delivered the “one-time” amnesty (“we’ll never have to do it again …”), GOP presidential candidate George H.W. Bush lost the Latino vote by 39 points. The all-time modern record harvest was Texan George W. Bush (R), who promised amnesty in his 2004 re-election campaign — and got about 40 percent of the Hispanic vote.

In 2008, Republican John McCain got 31 percent of the Latino vote despite his desperate foreign-language radio campaign promise of legalization “on day one.”

The record low was Bob Dole at 21 percent in 1996 against incumbent Bill Clinton, who had just implemented landmark, effective border-fence measures in San Diego, an action that sparked wild outrage in the illegal alien lobby. But Democrat Clinton still won. In a landslide. With 72 percent of the Hispanic vote.

Don’t like the legal and accurate term “illegal alien?” “Undocumented Democrat” is just as descriptive — and accurate.

By 2000, according to what was then known as the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the legalization of 1986 only served to increase illegal immigration. Golly! Why? Because rewarding any action creates more of the same. And because the false promises of future border security, future enforcement of temporary visa holder departures and future work place enforcement never happened.

The amnesty of 1986 is in large part the reason for the crushing crisis today. Immigration is not “solved.” It is managed. And we will never have a workable immigration system until we have a genuine, visible and proven policy of enforcement, including at the workplace.

One of the current — “trust us, we mean it this time, no really!” — promises on legalization is future mandatory, nationwide implementation of the E-Verify system. In about five years. After legalization. Got that?

Who has been negotiating the terms of the promises — including E-Verify — necessary to slide another legalization swindle past the American people? One of the “stake-holders” is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The same people who used their enormous lobbying power to stop E-Verify from being mandatory at its inception. The same Chamber of Commerce that sued multiple times in federal court to stop the requirement that E-Verify be mandatory on federal contracts. The same Chamber of Commerce that went all the way to the Supreme Court trying to stop the E-Verify mandate in Arizona.

The border is not secure. “We’ve seen the number of illegal aliens (crossing) double, maybe even triple since amnesty talk started happening,” an irate Border Patrol agent told Townhall last month.

Right now, the most visible “it’s not amnesty” conspirators in the U.S. Senate include New York Democrat Chuck Schumer, a member of what is called the “Gang of Eight.” Schumer delivered the gangsters’ promise on “Meet the Press” earlier this month: “We’ve come to a basic agreement, which is that first, people will be legalized. In other words, not citizens, but they’ll be allowed to work, come out of the shadows, travel. Then, we will make sure the border is secure” he said. With a straight face. (VIDEO: you can see Schumer’s “Meet the Press” remarks on my MDJ blog)

Office pool anyone? Awarded “probationary-we-aren’t-illegal-anymore” status, how many days would elapse before the now legalized victims of geography would restart the angry rallies demanding “CITIZENSHIP NOW!” while holding up “PROBATIONARY STATUS IS RACIST!” signs?

And how long before the ACLU and La Raza would file a lawsuit for “citizenship processing discrimination?”

The American people last put down an amnesty attempt in 2007. Ask yourself: If they were at all sincere, why didn’t the same people who were selling legalization then dedicate themselves to making the promises become reality before the 2013 legalization promise campaign?

Remember 1986.

D.A. King is president of the Cobb-based Dustin Inman Society and a nationally recognized authority on illegal immigration.
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Gordo Meis
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May 07, 2013
Chuck Schumer was key in the 1986 amnesty. But that probably means nothing.
NotARepublican
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April 20, 2013
Funny. I'm sure your ancestors had amnesty.
anonymous
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April 17, 2013
This column should be heeded as a warning to conservatioves that their leaders are on the way to selling them out for ever. Thank you Mr. King!
Jane W.
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April 16, 2013
Democrats will not enforce immigration laws, and they block E-Verify whenever possible. Any amnesty deal would therefore be a non-starter.

The 23 million unemployed and underemployed Americans victimized by another amnesty deserve better.

Vote this amnesty deal down!
Rubio wit
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April 15, 2013
Rubio is not too swift

Chris Wallace asked the amnesty question, and Rubio said his bill didn’t have amnesty because “They don’t get anything. What they get is the opportunity to apply for it. They still have to qualify for it. . . .We do not award anything to anyone.”

Like if you win the lottery, you get the “opportunity” to show up and collect your winnings?
CSMer
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April 15, 2013
As the Senate’s “Gang of Ocho” amnesty-again immigration "reformers" puts the final touches on legislation expected to be introduced this coming week, there’s a simple-sounding problem with a long-elusive solution that the group will have to finally nail down: how to figure out when and if the 150 million foreigners who come into the United States every year actually leave.

Rich is a slaver
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April 15, 2013
Rich - you are too far gone to be taken seriously.
Dave in Acworth
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April 15, 2013
King knows what Rubio doesn't want you to know. Once the illegals are made legal again, the game is over. Great column!

Office pool anyone? Awarded “probationary-we-aren’t-illegal-anymore” status, how many days would elapse before the now legalized victims of geography would restart the angry rallies demanding “CITIZENSHIP NOW!” while holding up “PROBATIONARY STATUS IS RACIST!” signs?

Rich The Equalizer P
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April 15, 2013
Truth is, D.A., the majority of Americans, regardless of the machinations of politicians, have awakened to the fact that these immigrants are good people, are good for our country, just like the immigrant groups of the past (most of whom came here illegally), and have earned the right to stay by their hard work and law abiding character.

It is high time for you, and the good people of Cobb County and GA, to wake up and smell the roses too--and truly embrace the destiny and greatness of America--which is its unity in diversity.

And yes, everyone agrees, it would be better if this was accomplished by legal immigration, which is what Comprehensive Immigration Reform will hopefully do for the future. But also yes, most now agree, we are not going to break up families and penalize those who we all invited here, to go around the broken laws and system, so we could benefit from their cheap labor. That's a done deal and these are human beings--not some mere ideological or political pawns. They will be accepted as our good neighbors (thankfully, it's already happening, right here in Cobb and around the country).
Ben Tover
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April 15, 2013
Rich: CIR DOES NOT "FIX" our immigration "problem". We currently have laws on the books; enforce these laws and our "problem" will be "fixed".
anonymous
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April 14, 2013
I have a long standing question that I have yet to be seen addressed in the MSM regarding the back taxes these “folks” will be required to pay as a part of this process. Now, I know it is exceedingly bad to mention the 40% that pay no income tax (or to point out that the number has increased to close to 50% under the current administration). This includes both those that do not pay federal income tax or file a negative return to receive a check from the government for more than the government took out. Welfare reform essentially rewrote welfare into the tax code mainly through the earned income credit. i.e. the government takes out $1000 in federal taxes then writes a check for $6000 directly to the “taxpayer” when taxes are filed. This is based upon (reported) income and the number of children calmed. Will these folks be eligible for this when they are required “pay” all those back taxes? Just how do you verify income when so much of the work has been done under the table or with bogus documents? Do we get to ask, or have our representatives read, this time, what is in a 1,500 page bill (written behind closed doors) before it is passed?

Regarding the blue card they are proposing for agricultural workers. This falls under category of be careful of what you ask for. Congratulations and Yay!, you are now “documented”. Time to SHUT UP. I can already hear the screams of second class “citizen” (excuse me - make that “folk”) and all the ad nauseum rhetoric that goes along with it .It’s not like is has a big scarlet A to signify Alien or Adhocumented. Funny how no one ever complains about the A word (or confuses it with space folks) when it is on a green card. And..If we decide allow anyone that came here illegally to stay permanently – who says that they “deserve” any path to citizenship?

Remember 1986 – Indeed – Don’t be fooled again

Enforce Our Laws before Any Legalization

Dave Gorak
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April 14, 2013
"Trust but verify," President said in reference to a totally different issue." But we can ever trust Congress when it comes to enforcement of our immigration laws, can we? Regardless of what the Gang of Eight says, especially their point man Marco Rubio, their pending amnesty proposal is nowhere close to being what they are calling "comprehensive" unless they can explain how the 22 million Americans who are unable to find full-time work will benefit from giving work permits to 11 million illegal aliens, including the 7 million illegals working in construction, manufacturing, transportation and services.

Midwest Coalition to Reduce Immigration

La Valle, WI
Rich The Equalizer P
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April 15, 2013
Sorry Dave...but I have offered jobs for six years to the so-called Americans who have been displaced from their jobs by so-called illegal immigrants...and not one taker so far...so I guess your figures are contrived and there are a just a few complainers making all this noise using those out of work, with other motives. Please offer your true motive?
Ben Tover
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April 15, 2013
Rich claims to have offered "jobs" to the "so-called" Americans without any takers. Enlighten us sir, what are the details of said jobs (pay, location, hours, working conditions/nature of work, etc.). Next question, did you hire illegal aliens or use our current visa work program when these roles went unfilled? Your response will help us that do not share your sentiments understand your beliefs.
Dave Gorak
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April 16, 2013
Memo to Rich the Equalizer:

Listen up, Mr. "Equalizer." My figures are not "contrived." The federal government is responsible for both the 22 million jobless Americans and the 11 million illegals population. The 7 million illegals holding the jobs noted comes from the Pew Hispanic Center.
Against Amnesty
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April 14, 2013
All I keep hearing is comprehensive immigration reform, comprehensive immigration reform, comprehensive immigration reform. How about some comprehensive ENFORCEMENT reform to get the illegal aliens out of this country? How's this for an idea? Make entering this country illegally a felony. Make the fine $2500 plus one year in Federal prison. Make this the same on overstayed VISAs. If drugs are involved, triple the fine. Then, apply this to all the illegal aliens in this country now. Leave or if you get caught, the fine will apply to them. Maybe, just maybe, this will take the place of a fence that is costly and doesn’t seem to work all that well. It may even cut down on the cost of deporting these illegal aliens. The other thing is this birthright citizenship. We MUST end it. E-Verify in EVERY business and check EVERY employee. End FREE medical care for illegal aliens. End schooling illegal alien children. They have NO RIGHT to be here. Yes, let’s start with this..
Marie in Marietta
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April 14, 2013
Thanks to DA, I hope that our Senators and Gongressman have as much sense and as much knowledge.
Against Amnesty
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April 14, 2013
All I keep hearing is comprehensive immigration reform, comprehensive immigration reform, comprehensive immigration reform. How about some comprehensive ENFORCEMENT reform to get the illegal aliens out of this country? How's this for an idea? Make entering this country illegally a felony. Make the fine $2500 plus one year in Federal prison. Make this the same on overstayed VISAs. If drugs are involved, triple the fine. Then, apply this to all the illegal aliens in this country now. Leave or if you get caught, the fine will apply to them. Maybe, just maybe, this will take the place of a fence that is costly and doesn’t seem to work all that well. It may even cut down on the cost of deporting these illegal aliens. The other thing is this birthright citizenship. We MUST end it. E-Verify in EVERY business and check EVERY employee. End FREE medical care for illegal aliens. End schooling illegal alien children. They have NO RIGHT to be here. Yes, let’s start with this..
Pat H
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April 14, 2013
We have plenty of laws without politicians willing to enforce them.

There is too much money being made by hiring illegals with cash and then the taxpayers have to subsidize these workers with welfare, food stamps, Section 8, free lunches and all of the extra services provided by the long list of community non-profits such as listed in the article about the million dollars given by Cobb County to help "Cobb's poor".
Rich The Equalizer P
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April 15, 2013
Pat, since you continue to spread these myths (when in fact the truth is, according to every independent study, that the undocumented immigrants contribute millions more to the economy than they ever receive back in services) what is your real motive? Are you afraid of "the browning" of America?
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