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Amnesty: Functional Modifications of a Congressional Mandate

Ellwyn R. Stoddard


National policymakers with little or no workable knowledge of borderlands society have, once again, designed legislation to control illegal immigration on our southern border. But policies created by the judiciary realities of Washington D.C. bureaucracies are quite unrealistic and dysfunctional when implemented along the U.S.-Mexico border. This essay focuses on some of the changes which were necessary to convert amnesty provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (hereafter called IRCA) to a realistic and operational program. This analysis shows how political ideology which reflects only the concerns of centralized national issues are dysfunctional to areas of the nation's periphery and to the total American society as well. If such be the case, our national policy makers might wish to reconceptualize border policies within a more realistic functional framework or to follow the pattern of our southern neighbor, Mexico, and operate with two national policies--one suitable for relationships with our land neighbors to the north and south and the other continuing the nationalistic centrist viewpoint.

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