Article first published as Ronald Reagan Believed in the Idea of Amnesty Because He Had Common Sense on Technorati.
It baffles my mind how conservatives often 'split-up' President Ronald Reagan into two people. One, the Conservative icon who ended the cold war — which then left the United States standing as the Only super power on the planet. The other president Reagan, I think they would like to forget. Why? He applied common sense approach to what was then, and is now, the defining issue of our time: Immigration Reform.
Perhaps it is because as an immigrant from the west African Nation of Ghana, I benefited from the fact Mr. Reagan believed in the idea of Amnesty. How did I end-up here? My parents wanted my sister and I to have a chance at a better life. When poor people from all over the world dream of such things the best education, in a free and diverse society, they inevitably arrive at America. For good or bad, America's success fuels the tremendous desire to come here - to seek opportunities that one cannot find anywhere else.
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