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More Echoes of the Last Amnesty

My colleague Jerry Kammer offers a quote from the 1981 report of the Select Commission on Immigration and Refugee Policy, chaired by the Reverend Theodore Hesburgh of Notre Dame, which was the inspiration for the 1986 amnesty:

The Commission believes that a legalization program is a necessary part of enforcement, but it does not believe that the U.S. should begin the process of legalization until new enforcement measures have been instituted to make it clear that the U.S. is determined to curtail new flows of undocumented illegal aliens. Without more effective enforcement than the U.S. has had in the past, legalization could serve as a stimulus to further illegal entry. The Select Commission is opposed to any program that could precipitate such movement.

“A stimulus to further illegal entry” is a good subtitle for whatever bogus name they come with up for the Gang of Eight amnesty bill.

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