Amnesty would undermine the integrity of the country's immigration laws and would depress the wages of its lowest-paid native-born workers.
The primary problem with amnesties is that they beget more illegal immigration.
All that is unfair to those who play by the immigration rules and wait years to gain legal admission. It is also unfair to unskilled workings already in the United States. Between about 1980 and 1995, the gap between the wages of high school dropouts and all other workers widened substantially. Prof. George Borjas of Harvard estimates that almost half of this trend can be traced to immigration of unskilled workers.What has changed? Two things: Democratic Party strategy and the ownership of the New York Times. Democrats have figured out that immigrants are permanent Democrat voters, and that wealthy donors who benefit from cheap labor can be flipped from the Republican Party. The ownership change occurred when the Times was bailed out by billionaire Carlos Slim, whose fortune was built on phone service to immigrants from Mexico.
Trump's positions on the issues are based on sound common sense, but the only issues that matter in this election are the sexual habits of the candidates and their spouses, and whether people are saying mean things.
People will look back on this election and laugh a lot. I heard this exchange last night on NPR:
Kelly McEvers: "We just heard someone calling a presidential candidate an old hag (sigh) on our air (more sighing, deep breaths) How do we recover? (tone of fear and trepidation)... David?"
David Brooks: "...if the nation devolves into this kind of cruelty, then it doesn't matter who sits on the Supreme Court because we won't be a nation of laws."
Fortunately for the survival of the civilized world, NPR's Sarah McCammon rode to the rescue by mocking the accent of the North Carolinian who spoke so cruelly. He must be wrong if he says "nothin'" instead of "anything."