Tierney ("Securing the Border (Again)": As the number of legal workers entering from Mexico dropped during the 1960's, the number of illegal immigrants shot back up, and kept increasing after new limits were placed on other visas available to Mexicans in 1968.
The border has been out of control ever since, even though the number of agents has grown to 11,000. "Tough enforcement alone can't work unless you allow more people in legally," says Stuart Anderson of the National Foundation for American Policy, who has studied the impact of the bracero program.
Today President Bush and the Senate are trying to apply that lesson by expanding the number of legal immigrants and temporary workers...But Republicans in the House are resisting. They say they won't expand legal opportunities until the border is first secured — which will never happen if they have their way.