Granting amnesty to illegals will encourage their relatives to enter U.S.
President Obama’s expected amnesty will cause a surge in illegal immigration as the relatives of newly legalized immigrants will begin pouring into the U.S.
This already occurred after President Ronald Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act passed by Congress in 1986, which granted amnesty to illegals who could prove they had resided in the U.S. continuously since 1982.
“…INS estimates show that the 1986 amnesty almost certainly increased illegal immigration, as the relatives of newly legalized illegals came to the United States to join their family members,” immigration analyst Steven A. Camarota wrote, referring to a 2000 study by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. “The flow of illegals grew dramatically during the years of the amnesty to more than 800,000 a year, before dropping back down to around 500,000 a year.”
Another study by two economists came to a similar conclusion as the INS study, pointing out that while illegal inflows fell in the immediate years after the 1986 amnesty, they began to rise again in 1990.
Written by Kit Daniels
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