by The Heritage Foundation
The Heritage Foundation
February 11, 2014
Backgrounder
The House Republican leadership recently released its “Standards for Immigration Reform,” which amount to little more than a repackag¬ing of the flawed and harmful Senate bill. The principles of the House leadership match up almost exactly with the framework laid out by the Senate’s Gang of Eight for the Senate bill. Both chambers promise new enforcement, border security, and visa reforms in exchange for amnesty—a costly, unfair, and unworkable policy that didn’t work in 1986 and won’t work now. Congress should reject dangerous policies that do not fix the problems of the U.S. immigration system but only make it worse. Rather than repeat the mistake of 1986, the House leadership should focus on how it can encourage President Obama to enforce existing law.



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