Tammy Alexander writes about immigration reform in the latest Mennonite World Review.
“I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and lived here, even though sometime back they may have entered illegally.” Those words were uttered by Ronald Reagan in 1984 during a presidential debate with Walter Mondale. Reagan was speaking about citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
In recent years, few politicians have been brave enough to use the term “amnesty” — unless they were speaking out against it. Instead, the U.S. Congress has focused on enforcement measures, such as building hundreds of miles of border fence and funding dozens of new private immigrant detention facilities. The majority of policy proposals and much of the rhetoric have been hostile to immigrants.
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