Why Immigration Reform Doesn’t Need Amnesty

The Immigration bill seems to be moving forward but the central mechanism of the bill, creating a path to citizenship for those who entered the country illegally, is flawed.  Not because I adhere to the “no amnesty” principle, but simply because this is not the simplest or best approach.

The truth is we need immigrants to do many jobs.  We can all agree on that.  And we should also be able to agree that it is bad for us as a society to have a population in legal limbo who can’t get driver licenses or do so many other things legally, so they live an illegal unregulated existence.

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