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Old 02-01-2008, 05:27 PM
 
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In his signing statement, Reagan declared that "We have consistently supported a legalization program which is both generous to the alien and fair to the countless thousands of people throughout the world who seek legally to come to America. The legalization provisions in this act will go far to improve the lives of a class of individuals who now must hide in the shadows, without access to many of the benefits of a free and open society. Very soon many of these men and women will be able to step into the sunlight and, ultimately, if they choose, they may become Americans."

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This view was apparent in Reagan's public statements well before he became President. In one of his radio addresses, in November 1977, he wondered about what he called "the illegal alien fuss. Are great numbers of our unemployed really victims of the illegal alien invasion, or are those illegal tourists actually doing work our own people won't do? One thing is certain in this hungry world: No regulation or law should be allowed if it results in crops rotting in the fields for lack of harvesters." As a Californian, Reagan understood the role of immigrant labor in agriculture.
Reagan on Immigration - WSJ.com
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Old 02-01-2008, 05:31 PM
 
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And it failed miserably, causing a large influx of illegals. Most realize that and say so.

Reagan Would Not Repeat Amnesty Mistake | Human Events | Find Articles at BNET.com


Saw you changed it to immigration. Why?
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Old 02-01-2008, 05:49 PM
 
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And it failed miserably, causing a large influx of illegals. Most realize that and say so.

Reagan Would Not Repeat Amnesty Mistake | Human Events | Find Articles at BNET.com


Saw you changed it to immigration. Why?
Reagan NEVER said anything to indicate he would not support amnesty again. The guy who wrote your article is purely speculating unless he can talk to the dead.


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What would Ronald Reagan do? I can't tell you how many limes I have been asked that question, on virtually every issue imaginable.
As much as we all want clarity and certainty, 1 usually refrain from specific answers. That's because it is very difficult to directly translate particular political decisions to another context, in another time
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Old 02-01-2008, 06:24 PM
 
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This was to address the few illegals here only. The one big regret Reagan 'said he had was in not closing the border 'before' he left office'. He granted amnesty to a few million only but knew that could cause more to want to come here and that is why he wanted to close the border before he left office.
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Old 02-01-2008, 07:06 PM
 
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This was to address the few illegals here only. The one big regret Reagan 'said he had was in not closing the border 'before' he left office'. He granted amnesty to a few million only but knew that could cause more to want to come here and that is why he wanted to close the border before he left office.
when did he say that?
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Old 02-02-2008, 01:28 PM
 
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The one big regret Reagan 'said he had was in not closing the border 'before' he left office'.
No, indeed, .....Ronald Reagan has not said that.

In his memoirs, Reagan sadly admitted, his worst regret was under his administration, America went from the worlds greatest creditor to the world's largest debtor.

Page 146.


That's backed up by his own son.

Reagan's son, Michael Reagan:

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At the end of his presidency, Dad voiced only one regret: the deficit.
Hoover Institution - Policy Review - Reagan Betrayed

Further in his memoirs, he 'regrets' not facing down a Soviet leader at a summit meeting, and not spending more time with his children,

.....but he's never been quoted as regretting his immigration policies.

It's myth.


In his last SOTU speech he said expressed "one major regret" -- that his Iranian policy "did not work. ...

State of the Union Address: Ronald Reagan (January 27, 1987) — Infoplease.com

...but he's never been quoted as regretting his immigration policies.

To the contrary, Reagan first envisioned free trade with Mexico, (realized in HW Bush's NAFTA treaty), and continued to back that after leaving office, he never regretted his immigration policies:

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Allow free movement of people from Mexico & Canada. (Jul 1991)
Ronald Reagan on Immigration

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Old 02-02-2008, 01:35 PM
 
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Yep. Reagan was the Father of illegal immigration. Supply-side economics and union busting. I not only don't believe he regretted his in/actions, I think Reagan planned for exactly what we have today.
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Old 02-02-2008, 02:04 PM
 
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Yep. Reagan was the Father of illegal immigration. Supply-side economics and union busting. I not only don't believe he regretted his in/actions, I think Reagan planned for exactly what we have today.
Unlike Bush 43; Reagan was personable.....and, I feel that he was a better President as well.

That stated: looking back on Reagan's legacy; I am not impressed although hindsight is always 20/20 in all fairness.
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Old 02-02-2008, 02:21 PM
 
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I really think that if you lok the compromise that reagan signed was much like the last bill that failed. It also had a border closing part but it was congress that never funded that part.Theres the catch;many illegal immigration leaders thought they could get by with the same thing again. It was in fact the flood of e-mails and calls that stopped The union demise is really is that they failed to represent their workers and were rejected by new workers. The satrt of the end was during the Kennedy administration when the union corruption was revealed. Robert Kennedy was really more of a union buster than Reagan ever was.But then most americans believe the corrupt unions needed to be busted.
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Old 02-02-2008, 02:26 PM
 
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Reagans Dead.
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