Commentary: Immigration reform’s open promise

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Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 9:00 pm | Updated: 12:20 am, Wed Jun 25, 2014.

For years now, one side of the immigration debate — the side of billionaires, professional bipartisans, and all the great and good — has argued that an amnesty of some kind for illegal immigrants isn’t just a sensible policy choice but a crushingly obvious one: self-evidently wise, morally farseeing and a win for almost everyone, from corporations to labor unions to Republican politicians to the immigrants themselves.

Nested inside that debate has been a smaller one, over the Dream Act, a measure opening a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who arrived as minors. If comprehensive reform has been cast as a no-brainer, the Dream Act has been portrayed as a test of basic moral fitness: To oppose welcoming these young men and women is to oppose all that’s decent, humanitarian and just.

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  • Bill Cunnane posted at 7:24 pm on Thu, Jun 26, 2014.

    Bill Cunnane Posts: 6

    No to detention centers Amnesty and Dream Acts. No visa or proof of citizenship then you need to be deported. That's the immigration reform needed. Tougher enforcement and more deportations. End the anchor baby rules. All undocumented persons need to go.

  • Don Honda posted at 3:58 pm on Thu, Jun 26, 2014.

    DonnyHonda Posts: 1

    The Left-Leaning LA Times posted an article that shows that the Obama administration, the Illegal Alien lobby, and the major media outlets have been in collusion to depict the "high" deportation numbers. The exact opposite is true since the beginning of the current President's policy. Interior deportation has and will be lower than 1973 rates. This is leading towards more people overstaying their visas and currently, more Illegal Alien minors crossing the border. Obama has just recently instructed border patrol to not turn back those Illegal Aliens on record as having entered illegally as priors, but to let them pass IF they don't have a major criminal record. After the first Illegal Entry, it is a felony each time thereafter.

  • Mark Ordonez posted at 12:24 pm on Wed, Jun 25, 2014.

    marcoordonez Posts: 657

    "If immigration reform isn't really just cover for turning undocumented Democrats into eligible voters" OR so republican/job creators can turn it's back on American workers and opt to exploit desperate third world minorities...I think is a more thorough way of putting it. Regardless if they are citizens or residents, the ability to nail "blue steel" is definitely a requirement.

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:42 am on Wed, Jun 25, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1673

    If immigration reform isn't really just cover for turning undocumented Democrats into eligible voters, why is a path to citizenship always the end-goal of any amnesty plan? Why isn't a path to permanent legal residency good enough?

  • Peter Neal posted at 7:56 am on Wed, Jun 25, 2014.

    PeterNeal Posts: 289

    "Amnesty" ...."Comprehensive immigration reform". These cannot happen as long as the border is not secure, at least to the point where the influx of illegal immigrants is brought down to a few thousand per year, as opposed to tens or hundreds of thousands.


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