by P.A. Madison on November 16th, 2014
Federal control over immigration has generally been disastrous (ballooning populations and crime) with the last major immigration reform act being no exception as Reagan’s Attorney General Edwin Meese explains why in 2006:
“The lesson from the 1986 experience is that such an amnesty did not solve the problem. There was extensive document fraud, and the number of people applying for amnesty far exceeded projections. And there was a failure of political will to enforce new laws against employers. After a brief slowdown, illegal immigration returned to high levels and continued unabated, forming the nucleus of today’s large population of illegal aliens. So here we are, 20 years later, having much the same debate and being offered much the same deal.”
States suffered serious damage when the Supreme Court begun deciding the federal government could exercise exclusive power over who can enter and reside within the states because the court improperly reasoned Congress was acting on foreign policy matters. To burst the Courts bubble I do not know of any nation that passes protective immigration laws do so for purpose of foreign affairs or regulating foreign commerce. They do it solely for their own internal interests.
The central government could legitimately make it unlawful for immigrants to come by sea into the United States similar to what was done to the Slave Trade because they possess the Marine Jurisdiction to do so, but it wouldn’t be legitimate to invite and force states to suffer from their introduction since that is an internal affair of the State.
Whatever President Obama does in the coming days regarding immigration one thing is for sure; the move will be political grandstanding rather than a serious attempt of immigration reform that only returning the control back to the States where it belongs can fix.