The Federation for American Immigration Reform has put together video excerpts from the 1986 amnesty debate, including revealing comments by people still in the game:
What is it not? It is not millions of people cascading across the border. . . . It is not welfare benefits for those folks immediately. It is not . . . immediately, wives, husbands, children would come across.
It is amnesty for literally millions of illegal aliens masked in the cloak of protecting the borders of the United States. . . . So what we have when this bill passes and plays out in five years are no employer sanctions left but millions of people who are on the road to citizenship and will be eligible for public assistance and free public education because they are here under color of law.
We’re saying we’ve done it once now and we’ll probably do it again.