The Simple Truth About Amnesty Conservatives Don’t Want to Acknowledge

ronald-reagan-1The topic of immigration has been making the headlines for weeks now.  It’s a topic that’s taken us back to our original debates about sensible immigration reform and, of course, amnesty.

See, “amnesty” is what many conservatives claim is driving illegal immigrants to come to our borders.  Though I’d argue that it’s the law that was signed by George W. Bush in 2008 that’s led to the surge in immigrant children from Central and South America to our border.

But what exactly are some of the arguments for and against amnesty?

Well, some Americans claim that amnesty just makes sense.  That it’s not feasible, or logical, to try to deport well over 12 million people.  Heck, some even say it’s not even economically sound.

Then there are some who claim that amnesty is lawlessness in its purest form.  That it’s rewarding those who willfully violated our laws.  That it’s blatantly unconstitutional and un-American.

Amnesty is nothing more than “radical liberal policies run amok,” they say.

Many anti-immigratnt advocates claim that President Obama’s attempt to pass amnesty is part of some diabolical plan to fundamentally change the demographics of the United States.  There have even been some who have suggested if the president dares to bypass Congress to get some form of amnesty legalized, it would be grounds for impeachment.

Needless to say, arguments on both sides of the debate have been fairly passionate.

But who are these people – these un-patriotic, unconstitutional, lawless Americans – who would outrageously support a president who would dare to pass an amnesty law?

Well, that answer is simple: Ronald Reagan supporters.  Considering it was Reagan, in 1986, who signed an immigration bill into law which gave amnesty to undocumented immigrants who met a fairly rigid set of criteria.  An amnesty law which is very similar to the one President Obama wants passed.

Though now that President Obama is pushing for a common sense approach to illegal immigration, suggesting a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, it’s now suddenly a “radical liberal way to change the demographics of our nation.”

Funny how that works, isn’t it?

So the next time a conservative goes off about how amnesty is un-American, unconstitutional and lawlessness incarnate – just remind them that it was in fact “conservative legend” Ronald Reagan who signed an amnesty bill into law in 1986.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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