Bipartisan Immigration Reform Bill: Too Forgiving on Lawbreakers?

Has any other country been so forgiving with lawbreakers?

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By Bonnie Erbe, Thomas Jefferson Street blog 

Will we have immigration reform this year? It did not look like Congress and the Obama administration would come anywhere near close to compromising on an immigration reform bill--that was until this week when two influential U.S. senators announced the framework "for a bipartisan immigration bill that would increase resources for border enforcement, create a biometric Social Security card to prevent forgeries, and legalize millions of undocumented immigrants." 

In an unlikely political marriage, New York Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer and South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham believe it's time for action and that a resolution to the most difficult of issues should not be postponed beyond November's election.

My question is this: Has any other country ever reversed course and allowed 20 million people who violated that country's laws to get off relatively freely? Can we imagine such mass forgiveness from, for example, Germany? That country has allowed Turkish citizens to come into the country as temporary cheap labor for decades. But Turkish immigrants are completely barred from German citizenship. I'd love to hear from readers whose knowledge of history surpasses mine and who do know of such an example. 

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