With all the talk of “Immigration Reform,” some people even taking it upon themselves to draft new legislation, it seems right to spend time digging into the laws already on the books.
In 1986, Ronald Regan signed into law the Simpson-Mazzoli Act…a bipartisan effort to address the problems we faced back then.
When it was all said and done with, close to 3 Million Illegal residents received amnesty and became citizens of the United States of America. Problem is, we (you and I) never held our representatives accountable for enforcing the new laws, ensuring businesses were not continuing to violate immigration laws. Instead, business continued as usual.
Because of a last-minute addition to the Act, absolving businesses of the responsibility to verify authenticity of identification documents, the problem continues. What was designed to create a deterrent for Illegals to come to America in search of jobs, actually became a shelter for businesses to hide behind. After all, how are they supposed to know if the Social Security card or driver’s license they receive is valid? It’s not their fault…is it?
From Field of Dreams – “If you Build it, they will come.” We have created our own nightmare. Business owners have become wealthy on the backs of Illegal immigrants who work harder, for less money. These business owners donate to candidates who become Senators and Congressman…who sit in Washington and avoid the 1000 lb Gorilla in the room.
So now, we have between 15-25 Million Illegals living in America. Everyone agrees something needs to be done about it. But what? New legislation? Before we go off on that tangent, we should know what we already have to work with…perhaps improve it or learn from it. If we don’t know the details of Immigration Reform, how can we suggest new solutions?
Here it is…I’m reading it from front to back. I encourage you to do the same…
Simpson – Mazzoli Act (1986 Immigration Reform)
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