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Amnesty: An American Tradition

July 03, 2012 (1 min read)

"Opponents of the president's decision to allow some undocumented young people brought to the United States as children to stay here claim it amounts to amnesty for lawbreakers.  In fact, they say the same about all proposals that would give undocumented immigrants a chance to remain in the United States.  Yet amnesty has been an important and regular feature of federal immigration policy for well over a century.  Only recently has amnesty become a dirty word in the immigration debate." - Gabriel J. Chin and Marc L. Miller, June 1, 2012.