President Obama’s expected amnesty will cause a surge in illegal immigration as the relatives of newly legalized immigrants will begin pouring into the U.S.

This already occurred after President Ronald Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act passed by Congress in 1986, which granted amnesty to illegals who could prove they had resided in the U.S. continuously since 1982.

“…INS estimates show that the 1986 amnesty almost certainly increased illegal immigration, as the relatives of newly legalized illegals came to the United States to join their family members,” immigration analyst Steven A. Camarota wrote, referring to a 2000 study by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. “The flow of illegals grew dramatically during the years of the amnesty to more than 800,000 a year, before dropping back down to around 500,000 a year.”

Just before the 1986 amnesty, the number of illegals living in the U.S. stood at five million, but that number increased to over 11.7 million by 2013.

Another study by two economists came to a similar conclusion as the INS study, pointing out that while illegal inflows fell in the immediate years after the 1986 amnesty, they began to rise again in 1990.

“One plausible explanation is that more family members crossed illegally to join legalization beneficiaries in the United States, and this increased flow replaced the cyclical migration by those who now had legal permanent residence,” the study, entitled The Economic Consequences of Amnesty for Unauthorized Immigrants, stated. “Over time, IRCA beneficiaries became able to sponsor eligible relatives for green cards. Permanent residents can sponsor their spouses, minor children, and unmarried adult children for green cards.”

“Adult U.S. citizens can sponsor those relatives plus their parents, unmarried children’s minor children, married children and their spouses and minor children, and siblings and their spouses and minor children.”

“…Giving an almost universal amnesty to unauthorized immigrants did not alter long-run patterns of illegal immigration, which some believed it would,” the study added.

Obama already gave de facto amnesty to illegals this summer through selective enforcement of immigration laws which only encouraged immigrants from over 143 of the world’s roughly 195 countries to risk their lives to travel to the U.S.

Central American newspapers in particular touted Obama’s immigration policies back in June which only exacerbated the surge of illegal immigrant youth traveling to America, and many of them died on the journey from exposure to the elements or violent encounters with gangs.

“It was a factor in encouraging young people to risk their lives on a perilous journey some would never complete,” Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said. “The effects of this action could be just as tragic.”

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