KRAUTHAMMER: Look, I think a large consensus of Americans have had the view which I have advocated for about seven years that if you do legalization after you get enforcement of the border, Americans would accept that. That is what the bill here, or the proposal here appears to do. It says once you get enforcement you have to go through a path to get a green card and citizenship.
But that is highly misleading because under this proposal, the day the Bill is filed you get instant legalization for 11 million illegal immigrants. It’s called provisional, but that’s nonsense. No one is ever going to revoke this legalization. If there is trouble with enforcement of the border, you are not going to get the government revoking legalization after people have come out of the shadows, given information to the government, including where they are domicile is, and say, oh, we are going to revoke your status and lose your job you have to left.
So what we’re getting is instant legalization, which is the functional equivalent of a green card. Yes, you have to wait to get the actual green card. But that is why you have this in reverse order. The insensitive for real enforcement is gone.
This is what happened with Reagan, who believed in this enforcement and legalization. He signed the amnesty in the late 1980s, and it turned out amnesty was achieved. There was no enforcement. We now have 11 million new illegal immigrants. And Reagan said one of the biggest mistakes of his presidency.