Monday, July 2, 2012
In A long American tradition - amnesty for immigrants, Gabriel J. Chin (UC Davis) and Marc L. Miller (Arizona) write:
"Opponents of the president's decision to allow some undocumented young people brought to the United States as children to stay here claim it amounts to amnesty for lawbreakers. In fact, they say the same about all proposals that would give undocumented immigrants a chance to remain in the United States. Yet amnesty has been an important and regular feature of federal immigration policy for well over a century. Only recently has amnesty become a dirty word in the immigration debate."
I always wondered why an amnesty for undocumented immigrants has a bad name today when the public seems to support tax, parking ticket, and even gun amnesties.