Jose Antonio Vargas Is Sadly Ineligible for Semi-Amnesty
By Bryan Caplan
Obama’s temporary order, however incremental and incomplete, is the most
significant development in the fight for immigrant rights since Ronald Reagan
signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act in 1986. (It should not
be forgotten that Reagan as president granted amnesty to millions of
undocumented immigrants.) Indeed, it has changed lives in a very visible
way. On the current cover of TIME, I pose with 35 other undocumented
immigrants from 15 different countries. Now, because of Friday’s
announcement, almost all of the youth featured on the cover — 32 out of
the 36 people in the photograph — can stay in the U.S. without fear of
deportation and give back to the only country they call home.
All of us in the photo are DREAMers — as defined by the Development,
Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act. And even though not all of us
qualified for relief — at age 31, I’m over the age limit
of Obama’s order — that didn’t stop elder DREAMers and the rest of the
11.5 million undocumented community from celebrating the occasion. For a
community that’s been under attack for years, a win for one group is a
win for all groups.
Now I’m just waiting for Vargas to stop calling for a “conversation” and start calling for open borders.