As I've pointed out before, the priority of new immigration legislation should be to stop the situation from getting worse. But the media and the Kennedy-Bush Axis of Amnesty assumes the most crucial issue is"doing something"
about the illegal immigrants currently here. Specifically, we must "bring them out of the shadows,"
as the cliche goes.
Can anybody document what bringing 2.7 million illegal immigrants out of the shadows into legality accomplished in 1986?
These amnestied illegals were preponderantly living in California, so we can look at California's experience. Did amnesty:
- Help California's standard of living? Well, from the standpoint of becoming a homeowner, California's combination of high cost of living and low median income now offers the second worst standard of living of any state in America, better than only isolated Hawaii.
- Improve California's schools? California, home to Silicon Valley, now battles states like Arkansas and South Carolina for the runner-up position at the bottom of the NAEP scores.
- Persuade the amnestied illegals' kids to stop spraypainting their tags all over every vertical surface in LA? Ever since Villaraigosa got elected mayor in 2005, the city has been swamped by gang graffiti.
- Stop more illegal aliens from coming to California? Yeah, right ...
So, why does Axis keep trying to yank our chains about the benefits of amnesty when it failed so spectacularly in the biggest state in the country?