Amnesty has become a bad word
DO YOU THINK WE NEED IT MORE NOW AFTER BOSTON?
Time to Tweak Immigration Law
Today, as President Obama is working to pass Immigration Reform, most of the Republican party is crying out amnesty. What they hope is that the American people have forgotten and most have; is that in 1986 President Reagan passed the Immigration Reform and Control Act.
While the immigration bill was pushed as being what the country needed to tighten border security and keep American employers from hiring illegal immigrants, it also allowed amnesty for about 3 million illegal immigrants.
As Reagan said, " I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and lived here, even though sometime back they may have entered illegally."
The Republicans will say that amnesty was the problem with the bill and that's why they don't want it now. What they fail to look at, is that the problem was not implementing the tighter border security.
Fortunately, Republicans and Democrats have finally begun to work together to come to some agreement on this issue. Even Marc Rubio of Florida, a staunch Tea Party Republican is pushing for reform.
The word "amnesty" is not being used as often or spoken as loudly these days. Maybe they just need to do what the Republicans under President Reagan did to get their amnesty bill through and call it "legalization".
BOSTON AND IMMIGRATION REFORM
The tragedy in Boston has quickly changed the mood and support of immigration reform. Republicans and some Democrats calling for waiting on reform. Most Democrats wanting to push for reform because of Boston's tragedy.
Many believe if there had been tighter security measures in the immigration law, then those young men may have not been able to leave the country to train and then come back and create this atrocities that they did. No one can say for sure who was behind the Boston tragedy, but everyone can speculate.
The only thing that is clear is that without the security being an issue in the immigration reform bill; it will not work.