"It is surely arguable that during the third century of
American existence the main problem of this
nation will be—it already is—that of immigration and
migration, mostly from the so-called Third World."
Last year the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) apprehended 1.8 million illegal aliens along our southern border—less than half the number who tried to enter. This was in addition to approximately 500,000 legal immigrants, a number greater than the number of immigrants accepted by the other 150-odd nations combined.
Last fall, the Simpson-Rodino Immigration Reform Act passed into law. While it does attempt to discourage illegal immigration by providing penalties for employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens, the law also grants amnesty for aliens who can document that they have resided in our country since before January 1, 1982. Given the easy availability of forged records and the generous attitude of volunteer organizations enlisted by the federal government to assist with amnesty processing (some of which have a record of sympathy with the sanctuary movement), the public's demand for immigration control may have been subverted by the very legislation that has been enacted to cope with the problem.
Indeed, after a brief slowdown in border apprehensions from late fall through early...