Lora Ries, Senior Research Fellow for Homeland Security at The Heritage Foundation, stated:

“These proposals would give smugglers and criminal cartels their next advertisement for new illegal immigrant customers.

Promise of amnesty is the single greatest public relations coup for coyotes (smugglers) imaginable. They will use that promise to recruit many tens-of-thousands of illegal immigrants to pay them many tens-of-millions of dollars to try to sneak them, including children, across the border.

Nothing could be more irresponsible and dangerous. All that does is enrich criminal cartels at the expense of American taxpayers….

Americans need policies that would continue to secure all of the border, fight human trafficking and drug cartels, and discourage parents from sending their unaccompanied children on the dangerous journey to the U.S.”


Lora Ries, “Does the US Owe Amnesty to Future Illegal Immigrants?,”, Oct. 26, 2020