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    CIS Publishes Original Evaluation of 1986 Amnesty, Compares Measure to Obama’s Execut

    CIS Publishes Original Evaluation of 1986 Amnesty, Compares Measure to Obama’s Executive Amnesties.

    Tue, Mar 10th 2015 @ 1:45 pm EDT

    The Center for Immigration Studies published online for the first time an evaluation of the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), the large-scale amnesty Congress passed in 1986. The publication contains a new foreword by one of the original authors that compares the IRCA amnesty to President Obama’s unilateral executive amnesties. The author, David North, suggests IRCA’s extensive fraud will repeat under the Obama’s executive actions, especially since they do not incorporate IRCA’s minimal fraud protections.

    The IRCA evaluation was commissioned and funded by the Ford Foundation. Published in 1989, it discussed how IRCA's legalization benefitted farm workers and the agricultural industry. Obama’s executive actions are less targeted except with respect to the benefits to Silicon Valley. Obama gives foreign students additional opportunities to stay and work after graduation at American colleges, and gives work permits to the spouses of H-1B visa holders.

    Unlike Obama’s unilateral amnesties, IRCA passed Congress and was signed President Reagan after much study and many congressional hearings. The president’s amnesties were developed behind closed doors with the help of lobbyists from illegal-alien advocacy groups and business groups.

    IRCA tried to address expected fraud problem by requiring face-to-face interviews between illegal-alien applicants and federal officials. Even with the mandatory interviews, IRCA had a 25 percent fraud rate. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which began in 2012, does not require mandatory one-on-one interviews. That program will likely set the precedent for the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program, the details for which have not yet been made public. That means fraud rates could be much higher.

    Regarding enforcement, North said the 1986 amnesty was supposed to be accompanied by a vigorous employer sanctions program and other enforcement. But Congress did not later pass and fund those measures. This allowed employers to keep hiring illegal aliens and enticed more illegal aliens to come to the United States.

    On the subject of implementation, North wrote, “Unfortunately a lot of time has passed and few of the INS people who struggled with the IRCA amnesty are still working for the government. Since that is the case, I fear that the lessons of the IRCA experience are not likely to shape the next amnesty, which will be run by ideologues whose focus will be solely on rights of the aliens, and not on the broader needs of society.”
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    IRCA was a disaster. Amnesties for foreign persons is and will always be a disaster. We're sick and tired of disaster created by the US government whether it's the 1986 Congressional Amnesty or the 2014 Obama Amnesty. We're fed up to the gills with dealing with illegal aliens and immigrants on welfare and both of them stealing jobs and seats in colleges from Americans. There will be no more majority tolerance of this problem. Americans have had it. This whole immigration problem is going to be the number one issue of the 2016 elections. So candidates can blabber all they want about their phony tax reform, because unless they support and advocate for the FairTax, there will be no "reform", and go on stage with the lie that free trade is good for America, and we're over-regulated and this or that thing, but no one will care, the only thing Americans will care about in 2016 elections is what are you going to do to stop illegal immigration, deport 20 million illegal aliens and stop excess legal immigration. That's it. That's all the majority is going to care about in 2016, and so far, there's not one candidate for President who actually wants to do any of it.

    So, keep looking for 6 more GOP Senators and 1 Loyal President so we can fix this disaster and reset the system so this tragedy comes to an end and never ever happens again in the United States. The lives you've ruined are countless and the consequences indescribable. You've changed out country to its detriment for no valid purpose without any benefit to anyone at the end of the day. It's the greatest political anomaly in the history of the world, a nation of citizens sold out completely through the betrayal of its own government. Unheard of in World History.

    I guess this is the situation that worried Benjamin Franklin when asked what type of government we were to have following the Convention, and he replied "A republic. If you can keep it."
    A Nation Without Borders Is Not A Nation - Ronald Reagan
    Save America, Deport Congress! - Judy

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