During President Bill Clinton's 1995 State of the Union speech, he railed against illegal aliens and the fact that no administration in recent years had done anything to protect our border with Mexico.
However, Clinton's actions made him the 'amnesty president.'
While much attention has been given to the fact that President Reagan granted amnesty to illegal aliens in 1986, precious little is ever given to the multitude of amnesty measures which President Bill Clinton signed into law.
In 1994, an amnesty for illegal aliens [Section 245 (i)] was added to the fiscal year (FY) 1995 Commerce, Justice, State Appropriations bill. The rolling amnesty ended on September 30, 1997, and resulted in 578,000 illegal aliens being granted permanent legal status.
The Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) of 1997 granted amnesty to 1,000,000 illegal aliens from Central America.
The Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (HRIFA) of 1998 granted amnesty to 125,000 illegal aliens from Haiti.
In 2000, amnesty was also granted to about 400,000 illegal aliens who claimed they should have received it, but did not under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Numbers USA noted:
This amnesty was the result of an agreement between the Clinton White House, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, and Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert. The ‘late amnesty’ allowed all illegal aliens who had been part of lawsuits claiming that they have been illegal aliens since before 1982 and should have received amnesty under the 1986 IRCA amnesty but for various reasons were denied, to renew their request for the amnesty.
The Legal Immigration Family Equity Act of 2000 removed deportation orders and/or granted permanent legal residency to an estimated 900,000 illegal aliens.
Of course, Clinton could not have rewarded those who chose to come here illegally without the help of a RINO Congress, as the GOP took control of both houses in the 1994 midterms and would hold them for the next 12 years.
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