Every syllable of that claim is a lie, and I can prove it.
Farmers wanted temporary guest-worker permits for their cheap labor, so that they could continue pretending that the Industrial Revolution never happened and refuse to mechanize. (And, boy, did that work! We haven't heard a peep about "crops rotting in the fields" since then.)
The agricultural amnesty was supposed to apply to—at most—350,000 illegal aliens. It would be available only to illegals who were currently in the country doing the back-breaking farm work that no American would do. Without them, crops would wither on the vine. They were saving us from starvation!
Talk about deserving. Are any Dreamers saving us from starvation?
But instead of guest-worker permits, then-Rep. Charles Schumer—from the lush farmland of Brooklyn—decided to grant full amnesty to any illegals who had done farm work for at least 90 days in the previous year.
That's pretty restrictive, isn't it?
In the end, "up to 350,000 farm workers" turned into 1.3 million.
Oh well, what are you going to do? No use worrying—let's just move forward and get all these people voter registration cards!
This innocent little amnesty for a small, clearly defined group of illegals quickly became amnesty for anyone who applied. The same thing will happen with any other amnesty, no matter how strictly the law is written. (And it won't be written strictly.)
In the first few years of the agricultural amnesty, internal Immigration and Naturalization Service statistics showed that 888,637 legalization applications were fraudulent. According to immigration agents, "farm workers" stated in their interviews that cotton was purple or that they had pulled cherries from the ground.
Of the 888,637 fraudulent applications, guess how many our government approved. Answer: More than 800,000. [Lessons Learned from the Legalization Programs of the 1980s, by By David North, CIS, January 1, 2005]
The main problem with the farm worker amnesty, the DACA amnesty or any amnesty is that everyone involved in the entire immigration apparatus is feverishly working, on the taxpayer's dime, to transform this country into a Third World hellhole. Lawyers for La Raza and lawyers for the government both believe it is their mission to humiliate and destroy white Christian America. (Actually, this country is "biracial Christian America," plus a few Amerindians and anyone else who assimilated to Western European culture.)
There are multitudes of them, and they will never, ever stop.
Congress could pass a law granting amnesty to any 7-foot-tall, left-handed, red-headed illegal aliens from Lichtenstein—and hundreds of left-wing outfits would instantly set to work, demanding amnesty for witch doctors, cannibals, pederasts, terrorists and the rest of the multicultural universe that makes America so vibrant.
On the other side of the application process would be government immigration bureaucrats who either used to work at La Raza, or hope to in the future.
On the off chance that some particularly risible amnesty application is denied by a stodgy rules-follower in our immigration bureaucracy, that denial will be litigated before a federal judge in Hawaii, then appealed to the Ninth Circuit.
For two decades after the 1986 amnesty, the federal courts were tied up with dozens of class-action lawsuits brought on behalf of illegal aliens—regular illegal aliens, farm worker illegal aliens and still-in-Mexico illegal aliens—challenging every aspect of the law.
Is that how American tax dollars should be spent? On endless litigation, brought by America-hating activists on behalf of people who have no right to be in our country and decided by Democrat-appointed judges? (Who are also America-hating activists.)
And when their work is done, there will be a lot more Democrat-appointed judges because there will be a lot more Democrats.
Lawyers sued over everything—the absence of Creole interpreters, the requirement that illegals have proof of prior farm work and the rare denials of amnesty. Congress desperately tried passing laws that would prevent courts from hearing these cases—all to no avail. Left-wing lawyers just had to pick the right judge, and they won.
In 2005—nearly 20 years after the 1986 amnesty—the Ninth Circuit was still granting amnesty to hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who claimed they had been unfairly denied because they were not in the country for the first amnesty. Seriously.
No matter how the law is written, as long as anyone is eligible for amnesty, everybody's getting amnesty.
President Trump is the last president who will ever have a chance to make the right decision on immigration. After this, it's over. The boat will have sailed.
If he succeeds, all the p@ssy-grabbing and Russia nonsense will burn off like a morning fog. He will be the president who saved the American nation, its character, its sovereignty, its core identity. But if he fails, Donald Trump will go down in history as the man who killed America.
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Ann Coulter is the legal correspondent for Human Events and is the author of TWELVE New York Times bestsellers—collect them here.
Her book, ¡Adios America! The Left’s Plan To Turn Our Country Into A Third World Hell Hole, was released on June 1, 2015. Her latest book is IN TRUMP WE TRUST: E Pluribus Awesome