Once again, American watched in horror as Donald Trump and 10 other professional clowns destroyed whatever iota of faith we had left in the nominating process. What seemingly began as an incredibly weird and bizarre AA meeting, with each of the said clowns announcing themselves, eventually morphed into a stage 5 Idiocracy. For example, how these totally deluded and unhinged zealots can continue to perpetuate the phenomenally erroneous belief that Obama destroyed America is beyond any medicinal solution. Obama can cure cancer and they would say that curing cancer is bad for small business.
But while we saw a great deal of pointless bickering and cheap shots taken at Hillary Clinton (Benghazi Bingo was in full effect) and President Obama, we also witnessed an unseemly and nauseatingly sycophantic love affair with a dead guy. That dead guy, of course, was former President Ronald Reagan. Republicans just can’t seem to find enough crap to name him after, exemplified by the debate itself taking place against the backdrop of the late former president’s plane.
However, when it came to the question of immigration–the favorite GOP wedge issue next to same-sex marriage–many of the candidates would stop their Reagan worship if they ACTUALLY knew what Ronald Reagan’s immigration policies were. Except for Donald Trump; he just worships himself.
Most of us are too young to remember (I was two years old myself), but Ronald Reagan signed a very broad and sweeping piece of legislation in 1986, which allowed any immigrant who’d entered the country before 1982 eligible for amnesty. That’s right–the father of modern conservatism created the very word that today’s Republicans use in a pejorative fashion. Better known as the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the sweeping immigration reform legalized undocumented immigrants who entered the United States before January 1, 1982.
Now, those of us who reside in reality town all know that the number of Mexican immigrants living in the U.S. illegally has severely declined during President Obama’s time as president. Moreover, more Mexicans have left the U.S. than have arrived. In fact, deportations of immigrants reached an all time high during President Obama’s second term. But it’s so very important to note just how much less the 2016 Republican Presidential Candidates would worship Ronald Reagan if they ACTUALLY knew where he stood in immigration. One can certainly dream.