Sen. Grassley Warns Against Repeating the Mistake of the 1986 Amnesty
During the immigration debate in the Senate Monday, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) warned that the Gang of Eight’s amnesty bill will produce the same results as the 1986 amnesty. He admonished against repeating the mistakes of the past.
I was disappointed that alliances were made to ensure that nothing passed that would make substantial changes or improvements in the bill. Many of those same people gave high praise to the amendments being offered, but continued to vote against them.
He said the 1986 legislation “failed the American people” and that Congress “screwed up.”
At that time, promises were made, and those promises were not kept. We said it was a onetime fix, just like the [Gang] of Eight says they have a onetime fix. But that onetime fix did nothing to solve the problem. In fact it only made matters worse and encouraged illegality. People came forward for legal status, but many more illegally entered or overstayed their welcome to get the same benefits and chance at citizenship.