Former President Ronald Wilson Reagan, 1984 Speech
Hero of the GOP-Conservative wing for 30 years. His legacy summarized in this statement and follow up action: “I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and lived here, even though sometime back they may have entered illegally.” — Ronald Wilson Reagan, 1984.
Then in 1986, he signed a sweeping immigration reform bill into law, the “1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (P.L. 99-603).
It was sold as a crackdown: (1) There would be tighter security at the Mexican border, (2) employers would face strict penalties for hiring undocumented workers, etc.
But the bill also made any immigrant who'd entered the country before 1982 eligible for amnesty — a word not usually associated with the father of modern conservatism.
Afterwards, between 3 and 5 million here undocumented (illegally as it were) got green cards and a clear path to travel and gain coveted
Today, all across the country, by most estimates there are 10 million in the same category.
Let's just call this another Gov. Rick Perry “oops” moment, or maybe Sen. John McCain not being able to build that "Dang fence."
For sure, one of the top and most-pressing issues facing Congress, but they'll put it until after the midterms, why? To gain more anti-immigrant support to lock 'em up, kick 'em out, or hope they "self-deport themselves." Talk about an ugly stain and piss poor problem solving. This about takes the proverbial cake. Stay tuned.
Oh, before I depart. Talking about "dealing with the Taliban for Sgt. Bergdahl's release" you know the flap I mean. Short memories these GOP-Righties. To wit:
Short history lesson: Mr. Reagan met with the leaders of the group pictured above which would eventually be called the Taliban and al-Qaeda in the Oval Office. He even compared them favorably to the Founding Fathers of the United States because throughout the 1980's, during all of Mr. Reagan’s administration (and with his unconditional blessings and billions from the CIA, they at the time called, Mujaheddin, were given arms, training, and other assistance to aid in their fight against the old USSR (the Soviets). The policies of the Reagan administration in dealing with those early day Taliban were to call them “Freedom Fighters.”