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Immigration Reform Is Not Amnesty

July 23, 2013
By Alex Nowrasteh

In this examination of immigration reform at CATO @ Liberty, the authors asserts that the reform bill is not an manesty bill. He writes: Many opponents of immigration reform have labeled any type of legalization for unauthorized immigrants “amnesty.

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In this examination of immigration reform at CATO @ Liberty, the authors asserts that the reform bill is not an manesty bill. He writes: Many opponents of immigration reform have labeled any type of legalization for unauthorized immigrants “amnesty.” In common terminology, an amnesty is a general forgiveness for past offenses. Calling immigration reform amnesty brands it with a scarlet letter in the minds of many who are skeptical of reform.

 

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