In yet another in a long line of historical truths that prove today’s Republican party has moved so far to the right, The Gipper himself couldn’t win a primary these days. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t stand the man, but he’s always held up as such a great hero for the party of NO.
Let’s add this to some other Reagan quotes that illustrate my point very well, shall we?
“I supported this bill. I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and who have lived here even though sometime back they may have entered illegally.”
Oct. 21, 1984 debate on immigration bill being considered by Congress
“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.”
Nov. 6, 1986 signing statement, Immigration Reform and Control Act
So there you have it.