Reflecting on Half a Century of Mass Immigration

Washington, D.C. (November 17, 2022) – The signing of the Hart-Celler immigration bill in 1965 launched a new era of mass immigration, contrary to policymakers’ promises. Today on Parsing Immigration Policy, Peter Nunez, chairman of the Center for Immigration Studies board reflects on the impact that bill and other major policy changes have had on the flow of immigration, both legal and illegal.

Nunez, a former U.S. Attorney for San Diego and a former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Enforcement, speaks to the historical link between massive immigration and the level of drugs coming into the country. He emphasizes the difference between the way the media covers the topics today versus several decades ago, when, for example, President Jimmy Carter was forced to feign concern for the impact of immigration and appoint the Select Commission on Immigration and Refugee Policy, chaired by Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, President of Notre Dame. The Hesburgh Commission recommended that Congress enact legal sanctions on employers of illegal workers, which eventually shaped the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act. Later, a 1997 report from the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, led by civil rights icon Rep. Barbara Jordan, would recommend a reduction in legal immigration, a rejection of guestworker programs, and further steps to address to illegal immigration.

From border enforcement to employer sanctions to amnesty to the rule of law, Nunez walks the listener through the last several decades of immigration history. In conclusion, he ponders who will be the next champion for the American worker and the rule of law?

In his closing commentary, Mark Krikorian, the Center’s executive director and host of Parsing Immigration Policy, discusses the possibility of immigration legislation, such as an amnesty for farmworkers and/or DACA recipients, during the upcoming lame duck session of Congress, and argues that no measures should be considered until the administration commits itself to enforcing current immigration law.

Center for Immigration Studies
November 17, 2022

1 thought on “Reflecting on Half a Century of Mass Immigration

  1. Nealstar

    Construct two sturdy 20′ high fences, 50′ apart with concertina wire on top and electrify them. Between the two fences have anti-personnel mines and rows of concertina wire running parallel to the fences. Every 100 yards have towers with spotlights, sirens and two M-60s providing interlocking fields of fire and controlled by motion sensors. Round up any surviving invaders, airlift them to the South side of the border where they have the choice of finding their way home or trying our barrier again. Have the Ohio National Guard (Kent State) be the border guards, pay them the equivalent of civilian contractors, like Blackwater, overseas. Problem solved in less than a month so there isn’t a great deal of job security so sweeten the pot by throwing in a free data plan for life.

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