Jerrold Heyman: Old reform won’t work

February 18, 2014 

Regarding your Feb. 11 editorial “Border impasse”: There’s an old expression, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” The immigration reform that you openly support is a retread of the 1986 Simpson-Mazzoli Act, the promise of border/employer enforcement if we give amnesty to everyone already here.

This was championed by then-Rep. Charles Schumer back then, with the promise that if we adopt the legislation there will be no need to do so again in the future. Thirty years later all we hear is that our current immigration system is broken, and that by doing exactly what we did the last time, it will fix the problem. Since the enforcement portion of that law was never enforced, why should we believe that it will be in the new one you support?

When Arizona tried to codify the 1986 federal law into Arizona law, it was sued by the federal government (which isn’t enforcing the law) to stop. Opposition isn’t a Republican (or a Democratic) thing – it’s a common-sense thing. Why repeat what you know already won’t work?

Jerrold Heyman

Raleigh

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