[QUOTE=bitonti;4234193]Ronald Reagan gave the big amnesty. It's not just Dems who want these workers.[/QUOTE]
Reagan's lesson shapes the debate today. Reagan had a deal with Dems that following the Amnesty program we would secure the boarders. The border security never happened. Same thing with tax hikes vs spending reductions. Reagan agreed to tax hikes in exchange for spending cuts which never came to fruition. Later in life he called referred back to those deals as one of his mistakes.
Thats why, per my earlier post, republicans today are skeptical of promises of cuts tomorrow for new taxes today. Or border security tomorrow for amnesty today (Dream Act). We tried that and it failed.