reply to post by Bassago
1986 - Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) granted amnesty to 3 million illegal immigrants
1990 - Immigration Act of 1990 increased the number of legal immigrants and visas
1996 - IIRAIRA - sets waiting time before applying for citizenship after deportation, makes deportation easier
2001 - DREAM Act first introduced by Republicans Dick Durbing & Orrin Hatch in Senate and then later in the house by Democrat, Rep Luis Gutiérrez
2005 - Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act proposed by John McCain and Ted Kennedy (fails)
2005 - Border Protection, Anti-terrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005 (passed by House)
2005 - REAL ID Act of 2005 change ID standards, provisions for beefing up barriers at borders
2006 - Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act (R-PA) Sen. Arlen Specter (passed by Senate)
2007 - DREAM Act re-introduced by Republicans Dick Durbin, Charles Hagel and Richard Lugar
2009 - DREAM Act re-introduced a group of 6 Democrats, 2 Republicans, and 1 independent
2011 - DREAM Act re-introduced by Harry Reid. This time John McCain, Lindsey Graham and other Republicans didn't support it.
That's just a short list. In any given year immigration reform is a hot button topic that politicians use to garner votes from various groups. Notice
how the DREAM Act in particular went from being a Republican proposal to a bipartisan proposal before finally became a Democratic proposal.
Makes you wonder if either side really cares about immigration beyond pandering for votes. Hard to believe that it has anything to do with the PPACA
unless of course you're one of those people who sees everything as revolving around Obamacare.
edit on 16-11-2013 by theantediluvian because: (no reason given)