Michael Howell, Senior Adviser for Executive Branch Relations with the Heritage Foundation, stated:

“Make no mistake, any legal status conferred on any illegal immigrant in the United States is amnesty, which should be rejected by Americans. Amnesty, or the forgiveness of consequences for illegal immigration, undermines the rule of law and fuels unlawful migration.

We learned this lesson from the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 when over three million illegal residents gained amnesty while the promises for increased border security remain unfulfilled….

Amnesty of any kind increases the incentives for illegal crossings and makes the task of border security much more difficult. Indeed, the initial announcement of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals by Obama precipitated a massive increase in border crossings by unaccompanied minors….

Major corporations, progressive politicians, and open border advocates have sought to undermine our immigration system at every turn because doing so rewards them with cheap labor and more votes. Many of these same forces are at work to sow civil unrest in our cities. They rejoice that riots remain unaddressed by the criminal justice system. The common denominator in these cases is destruction of the rule of law.”


Michael Howell, “Why America Has to Avoid Amnesty,”, July 17, 2020