I Know Reagan and Obama Ain’t No Reagan – Clearing the air about ‘amnesty’

Saturday, November 22, 2014 AD

Ignorant Liberals and Complicit Media Liken Obama to Reagan

Democrats and their media mouthpieces claim likeness between unconstitutional action by this sitting president who, contrary to law, contrary to public opinion, granted ‘amnesty’ to millions of illegal immigrants.

First of all, let’s be perfectly clear on the history. What happened in 1986 was not an unconstitutional decree, but a law passed by the Congress, signed by President Reagan.

Ronald Reagan recognized the legal limbo in which millions of Latino immigrants lived. The president made a case to Congress to craft law that would alleviate suffering for millions of people living among us while also setting up barriers to future unlawful border crossings.

Was it amnesty? Indeed it was, but the bill’s language was ‘legalization’, not ‘amnesty’.

President Ronald Reagan
“I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and lived here, even though sometime back they may have entered illegally.” – Ronald Reagan, 1984

1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act

“The Immigration Reform and Control Act was passed and signed into law on November 6, 1986. The purpose of this legislation was to amend, revise, and reform/re-assess the status of unauthorized immigrants set forth in the Immigration and Nationality Act. The content of this bill is overwhelming and is divided into many sections such as control of unauthorized immigration, legalization and reform of legal immigration. The focus of this précis will be on the legalization aspect of the bill.

“This bill gave unauthorized aliens the opportunity to apply and gain legal status if they met mandated requirements. The fate or status of all those who applied fell into the hands of “Designated Entities” and finally the U.S. Attorney General. Applicants had to prove that they lived and maintained a continuous physical presence in the U.S. since January 1st, 1982, possess a clean criminal record, and provide proof of registration within the Selective Service. Moreover, applicants had to meet minimal knowledge requirements in U.S. history, government and the English language or be pursuing a course of study approved by the Attorney General.

“This bill also outlined previsions for temporary residents’ travel, employment, false statements, numerical limitations, adjustments for status and treatment of applications by “Designated Entities”. Furthermore, after an applicant was assigned a legal status or deemed a temporary lawful resident, they were disqualified from receiving all forms of public welfare assistance for five years. The rules for applications and welfare assistance did not apply to Cuban or Haitian immigrants.” – Summary by Kurtis Mees

So, What’s the Difference Between Obama 2014 and Reagan 1986?

Very simply these two points:

  • Ronald Reagan did not DECREE amnesty. President Ronald Reagan signed into law a bill crafted by the Congress. President Reagan followed the Constitution to the letter.
  • Barack Obama made a dictatorial decree of blanket amnesty. As president, President Obama violated the Constitution.


President Reagan and I share(d) some things in common.

  • We two lived and worked among Latino immigrants, he in California, I in south Texas. So it was, we came to love and appreciate Latinos.
  • We two are former Democrats who became Republicans, due to the downward direction the Democrat party was taking the nation. He became a Republican in 1962, I in 1980.
  • We two understood that immigrants who “put down roots” in this country and successfully raised families and worked among us should be set on a path to citizenship.

President Ronald Reagan, unlike this sitting president, understood the wisdom of our Constitution and the prescribed process of lawmaking. In 1986 the 99th Congress consisted of 100 Senators (47 D’s, 53 R’s) and 435 Representatives in the House (253 D’s, 182 R’s).

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 was passed by a BIPARTISAN Congress and signed into law by a Republican president.

Hypocrisy of the Moment (and hypocrisy of the left)

In May of 2008, Jorge Ramos of Univision interviewed candidate Barack Obama. Obama’s promise:

“I cannot guarantee that it is going to be in the first 100 days. But, what I can guarantee is that we will have in the first year an immigration bill that I strongly support and that I’m promoting. And I want to move that forward as quickly as possible.”

If you can’t believe what I write, can you believe what Barack Obama says?

I assume now you read what he said and you heard with your own ears his promise. So it is, my Democrat leftist friends, why did he not do what he promised?

The 111th Congress was totally controlled by his party. In the Senate, there were 57 D’s, 2 I’s who voted with the D’s and only 41 R’s. Democrats controlled the Senate. Over in the House, there were 255 D’s and only 179 R’s.

Candidate Barack Obama made two big promises: ObamaCare and Relief for Latino immigrant residents. He was the head of his party. He had total control of the Congress. He pushed through the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare), but he did not fulfill his promise to Latino undocumented aliens living among us.


My opinion: He cared not a whit about illegal aliens living in ‘legal limbo’. This president has but one goal and that is the utter destruction of this republic that he sees as a colonial power (we are not). He hates all things ‘colonial’, even though he never lived under colonialism.

He has disarmed us by destroying our strategic nuclear arsenal to the point we are on a par with Russia. He makes secret deals with Muslims, most recently with the Ayatollah of Iran.

I pray God will open the eyes of our collective understanding that this ongoing immigration issue is nothing but a political ploy to further divide our people. A few Democrat lawmakers have awakened, but it’s probably too late.

The self-appointed Tyrant-in-Chief has been weakening our military, quadrupling our national debt, disarming us in the face of impending global war and effectively erased our borders.

What Is A Nation?

One dictionary says a nation is “a community of people composed of one or more nationalities and possessing a more or less defined territory and government“. Controlled borders define the territory.

A business dictionary says “the term ‘nation’ emphasizes a particular group of people, ‘country’ emphasizes the physical dimensions and boundaries of a geographical area, and ‘state’ a self-governing legal and political entity.

Are we a nation at risk of being dissolved? I don’t know. Will the United States of America go up in smoke? I can’t predict that, either. But, this I do know: our nation, our country is not mentioned in Biblical end-times prophecies.

In closing, I dismiss nonsensical liberal news media that likens Obama’s unconstitutional, unlawful “amnesty” decree with the 1986 law signed by a real president.

I know Ronald Reagan, and Barack Obama is no Reagan.

John White

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