Matt O’Brien, Director of Research at the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), stated:

“Amnesty for illegal aliens is a slippery slope. As any parent, school teacher or police officer knows, rewarding bad behavior only encourages more bad behavior. And much of our current immigration situation is directly attributable to the series of amnesties that began with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA). Rather than pushing the reset button, and allowing the United States to regain control of its borders, IRCA sent a clear message to would-be illegal aliens: ‘If you violate our immigration laws long enough, you will be rewarded for your troubles and granted legal status.’”


Matt O’Brien, “Rewarding Bad Behavior Is the Worst Approach to Illegal Immigration,”, Mar. 1, 2018