Friday, August 11, 2006

Can the U.S. learn from France's Blanket Amnesty Policy?

France has established a blanket amnesty for its illegal immigrants. The amnesty focuses on illegal immigrant families with school-age children. At least one child must be born in France or arrived before the age of 13 and be in school in France for two years to be eligible.
How would this work in the U.S.? And why would this be fair? Why should people who have children be given "special rights" over all the other illegal immigrants?
What kind of precedent is France establishing? The United States did a similar thing in the 1980s with the "Dream Act". What is the answer? What do you do with all the illegal immigrants in the U.S. Do you send them back to their countries of origin? Do you allow them to remain?
What about all the people waiting for years to immigrate legally to the U.S.
More visas, laxer standards? What is the answer?


Robyn said...

the easy answer is to grant all illegal immigrants amnesty. the harder, much more complicated answer is that there is no easy and fair answer. it's seems highly unjust to grant thousands of illegal immigrants citizenship, while those who are pursuing citizenship the legal way are being left to wait for their citizenship even longer. the question of what to do about illegal immigrants has too many sides to just come up with an easy answer.
and i think that if the U.S. were to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants similar to the fashion that France did, there would be a huge outcry from both sides of the immigration debate. I'm interested to see how the French people feel of this amnesty policy. And who knows, maybe it will work out for the best...

Dr. D said...

Hey Robyn!
Great point, and great to hear from you!
I do think that it would be interesting to hear what the French people think about this policy -- the human rights organizations were pushing for it...but what about the average Pierre?