Ed Meese on Gang of Eight Amnesty

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Former Attorney General Edwin Meese has popped up in the Wall Street Journal to dispel the notion that the Gang of Eight amnesty is substantially different from the 1986 IRCA amnesty:

Note: The Immigration Act of 1996 had even more rigorous promises of enforcement which never materialized.

“Well, I was there in ’86. I read that bill carefully. (We did that back then.) And I can tell you that Mr. Rove’s blithe description of the bill is way off the mark.

The 1986 act didn’t turn illegal immigrants into citizens on the spot. It granted temporary resident status only to those who could prove they had resided continuously in America for five years. After 18 months, their status could be upgraded to permanent residency, and only after another five years could they become U.S. citizens. …

Sound familiar? It’s pretty much the same “penalties and hurdles” set forth by the Gang of Eight. Today they call it a “roadmap to citizenship.” Ronald Reagan called it “amnesty.”

The ’86 reform bill also had supposedly “rigorous” border security and immigration law enforcement provisions. So how did that pan out? On the day Reagan signed “comprehensive” reform into law, only one thing changed: Millions of unlawful immigrants gained “legal” status. The promised crackdowns on security and enforcement never happened. Only amnesty prevailed.”

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8 Comments

  1. “The ’86 reform bill also had supposedly “rigorous” border security and immigration law enforcement provisions. So how did that pan out? On the day Reagan signed “comprehensive” reform into law, only one thing changed: Millions of unlawful immigrants gained “legal” status. The promised crackdowns on security and enforcement never happened. Only amnesty prevailed.”

    Reagan is the godfather of the conservatives who saved america from the ruskies.lol

  2. The first comment at WSJ has it sorta right.

    11 million = 40 million+ with chain migration = 0 tax revenue = billions in welfare = 0 GOP national election victories = one party system = banana republic = tyranny

  3. Slightly OT.

    Consider this: At the May Day Marxist rally in Chicago, people were carrying around Communist flags, posters with visages of Lenin, and signs opposing E-Verify and demanding open borders.

    Common sense time: Ask yourself why libertarians and Marxists, who supposedly have so many differences on so many things, both support open borders. Ask yourself why the “capitalist” Chamber Pot of Commerce and the “communists” that show off at May Day oppose E-Verify.

    The only conclusion you can come to is that all the other issues are kabuki theater.

  4. The “left” pretends it is about ‘helping the oppressed,’ and the “right” says it is about freedom, capitalism and cheap human flesh for workers. Whether you are just cheap, or believe you are so much better than everyone that you should “help” them in this way— the result is the real goal. The latinized country, changed to warfare-welfare taxation, and devoid of the founding stock.

  5. @ DixieGirl

    You are more than welcome to use this letter:

    “Our Federal Government has to intercept & scrape all your phone calls & emails because our Federal Government forgot to enforce immigration law on 17 expired visas (illegal aliens) & 3 “students” (legal) in 2001!

    Today, the Federal politicians like my friend and yours, Senator _____ are considering letting 30 some Million highly questionable 3rd World pagan & “catholic” immigrants into the United States over the next 10 years, and granting amnesty to another 12 Million or more visa violators & invaders already here.

    The Roman Catholic politicians like Durbin, Casey, Pelosi, Leahy, Menendez, Rubio, etc. who are pushing this so-called immigration reform need to realize that they are jeopardizing the life & property of their White Protestant neighbors. Every Catholic in the Senate, with a few exceptions, are pushing immigration reform. The same goes for the dozen or so Jews in the US Senate like Schumer, Feinstein, Boxer, etc.

    Do we as Americans have to give up our Constitution & Bill of Rights to accommodate the 3rd World?”

    -33-

  6. “Roman Catholic politicians like Durbin, Casey, Pelosi, Leahy, Menendez, Rubio, etc. who are pushing this so-called immigration reform NEED TO REALIZE they are jeopardizing the life & property of their White Protestant neighbors. Every Catholic in the Senate, with a few exceptions, are pushing immigration reform.”

    Is it coincidence? They don’t realize?

    We will yet be fully “Latinized” (borrowing Dixiegirl’s term); this will be another Brazil, and non-Latins a small minority. Romanism is a very suitable for a multiracial caste system.

  7. “The ’86 reform bill also had supposedly “rigorous” border security and immigration law enforcement provisions. So how did that pan out? On the day Reagan signed “comprehensive” reform into law, only one thing changed: Millions of unlawful immigrants gained “legal” status. The promised crackdowns on security and enforcement never happened. Only amnesty prevailed.”

    Reagan was serious about enforcing the border. He should have eliminated the United Nation in New York,home of the globalist elites. exploiting cheap labor under the banner of human rights.

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