The American Conservatives celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Immigration Act
A group of American conservatives celebrated the 50-year anniversary of an immigration act that granted citizenship to thousands of undocumented immigrants, but it may not be as successful as they hope.
The Heritage Foundation, which bills itself as the “world’s leading conservative think tank,” said Thursday that it is not sure what will happen to the act’s most recent iteration.
The bill, passed in 1990, granted citizenship for people who came to the United States as children.
Its critics, like the National Review, argued it unfairly discriminated against people of color and would have harmed U.S. interests in the world.
The group has been criticized for not being clear about what will become of the act, and the Heritage Foundation issued a statement saying that it “has not been able to answer our readers’ questions.”
The act, which passed the House of Representatives in 1993, had a history of not always being enacted, especially as Congress debated immigration reform.
It was a compromise between the Democrats and the Republicans, who wanted to end a decades-long bipartisan agreement that had largely focused on the deportation of undocumented aliens.
The act’s opponents, including conservatives, argue that it would have deported an estimated 14 million people, or more than one-third of the population.
They say it was an unjust and arbitrary deportation scheme.
But the Heritage Group says the law’s passage did not result in the mass deportation of people of Latino origin.
The law’s opponents have been trying to get a hearing on the act since 1990, when they sought to have a bipartisan panel of the U.N. General Assembly to study it.
They were unsuccessful, but then-U.S., Attorney General John Ashcroft and then-Rep. Tom DeLay, a Republican, were involved in the push.
“We are still hopeful that this committee will act on this issue, but we cannot predict its outcome,” the Heritage group said in a statement.
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A new study by the Cato Institute found that while it has been a boon to the economy, the Immigration and Nationality Act is not the biggest driver of immigration growth in the United Kingdom.
Cato found that it has contributed to a net increase in the net migration rate from 2009 to 2014 of 1.7 million, and it has resulted in net immigration of just over 1.6 million immigrants annually.”