Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Immigration Reform and the Strange Case of Amnesty: What's the Matter With Forgiveness Anyway?

It is difficult to say how the term "amnesty" became anathema in the U.S. immigration debate. It may be due in part to the damaged reputation of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. That law legalized nearly 3 million persons, but its "three-legged" strategy -- legalization, employer sanctions and increased border enforcement -- failed to prevent large-scale illegal migration.

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