Enforcement Before Amnesty

Enforcement Before AmnestyArizona Daily Star – In 1986, Congress passed a large immigration bill based on a simple deal: amnesty for settled illegal immigrants in exchange for stricter enforcement of the law to minimize new illegal immigration.

The deal was not honored. The promised future enforcement never materialized. That’s because once the amnesty was out of the way, there was no longer any political incentive to push for enforcement, and pressure from special-interest groups pushing for non-enforcement. [Read More]