Amnesty Will Cause Illegal Immigration To Explode
1986 amnesty lead to a sharp increase in illegal immigration, which will happen again under current proposals
January 31, 2014
The number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. has more than doubled since the last time Congress granted immigration amnesty in 1986, a trend which will continue if current amnesty proposals become law.
From the time President Ronald Reagan granted amnesty to unauthorized immigrants by signing the Immigration Reform and Control Act in 1986, the total number of illegal immigrants living in the U.S. increased from five million to a current estimate of over 11.7 million.
The Immigration and Naturalization Service even admitted the link between the 1986 amnesty and the increase in immigration as far back as 2000.
“The new 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,” Steven A. Camarota wrote. “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.”