“Day in and day out, as the immigration debate boils, the halls of Congress are haunted by the specter of Senate Bill 1200, the failed amnesty legislation of 1986,” The New York Times reported. It noted how that bill, signed into law by President Reagan, was supposed to “grant legal status to illegal immigrants, crack down on employers who hired illegal workers and secure the border once and for all. Instead, fraudulent applications tainted the process, many employers continued their illicit hiring practices, and illegal immigration surged.” Some observers fear that the new reforms passed Thursday by the Senate could have some of the same problems. For example, requiring illegal immigrants to prove how long they have lived in America could produce another black market for fraudulent documents.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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