Comprehensive Immigration Reform
"Comprehensive immigration reform" is a euphemism "amnesty".
The United States takes in approximately one-million legal immigrants every year2 - more than all other countries combined! In 2003, the Department of Homeland Security estimated that there were 8 million to 12 million illegal aliens in the United States and 700,000 new illegal aliens were entering and staying every year. Yet many convincing studies reveal that these unchanging statistics represent significant undercounts. Several analysis3,4 indicate that at least 20 million illegal aliens reside in the United States and that up to 12,000 illegal aliens enter the United States every day, or, as Arizona Senator John McCain reported - more than 4 million per year.4
"Immigration reform" has traditionally meant reducing these overwhelming numbers to a more reasonable level and to specifically address runaway illegal immigration.
Yet when open borders zealots use the phrase "comprehensive immigration reform", they are using the phrase as a code word for amnesty. By distorting the original meaning of the phrase, they are able to couch their special interest agenda in reasonable-sounding language while co-opting the original intent.
For example, the National Council of La Raza ("The Race") states that "NCLR supports comprehensive immigration reform that includes… undocumented people in our country to come forward, obtain legal status, learn English, and assume the rights and responsibilities of citizenship." In other words, an amnesty for those who entered the U.S. illegally.5
Similarly, the special interest group, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), claims in their publication "Making the Case for Comprehensive Immigration Reform" that:
In other words, the AILA position is that illegal aliens should be given amnesty for their crime of entering the United States illegally and evading capture so as become legal citizens. They call this "Comprehensive Immigration Reform".