Kate Andrews writes for the Telegraph
“The surge of anti-immigration sentiment in the Republican Party is ugly and frightening – and completely out of kilter with long-standing tradition. A few years of President Trump’s leadership have jeopardised decades of Republican support and compassion towards the brave and entrepreneurial spirit to come to America’s shores and make a better life for themselves.
“It was President Ronald Reagan’s agenda that saw through the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, which granted amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, allowing them to apply for legal status on the reasonable grounds that they paid a fine and back taxes.
“In 1990 President H.W. Bush passed what was considered to be the most extensive revision to immigration law in over fifty years. While imperfect, the reforms (like Reagan’s) increased legal immigration to the United States and protected an estimated forty percent of the unauthorised population.
“And while President George W Bush’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 was ultimately never voted on, it would have provided legal status and a pathway to citizenship for the 12 million illegal migrants residing in the US at the time. It was Dubya’s ‘compassionate conservatism’ that led him to see a link between migrants and a prosperous economy: “workers who seek only to earn a living” he lamented, “end up in the shadows of American life.””
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