By Paul Westrum, Albert Lea

The amnesty of 1986 was supposed to be a “one time only” amnesty. Yet, since 1986, Congress has passed a total of seven amnesties for illegal aliens.

* The Immigration and Reform Control Act (IRCA) amnesty of 1986 - the “one time only” blanket amnesty for some 2.8 million illegal aliens.

* Section 245 (i) The Amnesty of 1994 - a temporary rolling amnesty for 578,000 illegal aliens.

* Section (i) The Extension Amnesty of 1997 - an extension of the rolling amnesty created in 1994.

* The Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) amenesty of 1997 - an amnesty for nearly 1 million illegal aliens from Central America.

* The Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (HRIFA) amnesty of 1998 - an amnesty for 125,000 illegal aliens from Haiti.

* The Late Amnesty of 2000 - an amnesty for approximately 400,000 illegal aliens who claimed they should have received amnesty under the 1986 IRCA amnesty.

* The LIFE Act Amnesty of 2000 - a reinstatement of the rolling Section 245 (i) amnesty to an estimated 900,000 illegal aliens.

Enough with these multiple amnesties.