In 1965, Ted Kennedy sponsored the Immigration Reform Act. The primary focus of this bill was to abolish the national origin quotas in regards to immigration. I can’t find actual totals, but officials set the illegal immigrant total as around 200,000 per year.
In 1986, the Immigration Reform and Control Act was passed. It granted amnesty to illegal aliens who could prove they had been in the United States since 1982. At that point, the illegal alien population was pegged as around six million.
Now, in 2006, once again we are considering an amnesty program of sorts. Illegal aliens who can prove they have been in the United States for at least five years will have a path to citizenship opened to them. The illegal alien population is currently estimated at around 12 million.
Every 20 years, it seems, the government comes up with the “solution” to illegal aliens. And 20 years later, they have to do it all over again because the number of illegal aliens within the US roughly doubles.
If this current amnesty bill passes, does anyone want to bet that it’ll be another 20 years before we see another push for another amnesty bill? And what the illegal alien population will be in 2026?