Whatever a final bill on immigration reform might look like in the end, we need to be reminded of the circumstances that put the U.S. in this hopeless situation. Ronald Reagan gave 2 to 3 million illegal immigrants amnesty along with the message, “Come on over. You’re home free!”
As a result of Reagan’s monumental failure, it should be no surprise that we now have 12 million illegals.
As part of the Reagan Revolution’s all-out assault on the middle class by destroying unions with cheap labor, the Immigration Reform Act of 1986 was a payback to the large agribusiness conglomerates that contributed so heavily to the Reagan campaign and spent millions lobbying for passage of the reform act.
Aside from drug smuggling (that we fuel) carnage and chaos along the border, Reagan’s reform act also created million-dollar underground businesses dealing in fake IDs, drivers licenses, Social Security numbers, etc.
As patron saint of the Republican Party, “The Gipper” still haunts us from the grave with an unfixable, hopeless mess and it won’t matter how a final immigration bill reads.