Immigration 2011: Deportation, 'Administrative Amnesty,' Harsh State Laws

Record deportations, "administrative amnesty," and harsh state laws marked 2011's immigration policy.

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Regelbrugge, in a paraphrase of Winston Churchill, explained his reason for hope. "The Americans will always do the right thing—once they have tried everything else," Regelbrugge says.

"I believe 2011 was, in many respects, a step back," he adds. "But I believe it was a painful step back, which was a necessary part of realizing we've tried everything else."

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