Why Amnesty Is a Bad Idea
Over several periods in recent U.S. history, amnesties have been granted to illegal aliens. These include in one form or another, IRCA, NACARA, the Haitian Act, INA Section 249, and the various incarnations of the previous administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
FAIR has long believed that not only do the various amnesty programs hurt the American economy, but its citizens directly:
- Amnesty forces out-of-work Americans and those looking for work to compete with illegal aliens for jobs. Amnesty allows illegal aliens to keep jobs they should never have had, instead of freeing those jobs up for American workers.
- When illegal aliens get amnesty, they become eligible for unemployment benefits, placing the burden on the American taxpayer.
- Previous amnesties permanently added millions of poor to our society. Unlike immigrants with a sponsor who guarantees they will not become a burden on the public, when Congress enacts an amnesty, the American public becomes financially responsible.
- Amnesty disguises the full extent of illegal immigration. Without previous amnesties, the official number of illegal aliens in the country would be far higher.
- Amnesty sends the message that it is okay to break the law, making a mockery of legal immigration. Those who obey the rules must wait years to immigrate.
- Amnesty of illegal aliens skews the average educational and skill level of legal immigrants downward.
- Amnesty can pose a threat to homeland security. Many illegal aliens in the U.S. have evaded screening methods designed to ensure they are not a danger to national security.