Feathered Bastard

Rusty Childress' Anti-Immigrant "Remember 1986" Coalition Tries to Like Non-Whites for a Day

I hate to admit this, but I actually do "Remember 1986," as prejudiced playboy and former KIA dealer Rusty Childress' new anti-immigrant organization is named.

That moniker is a reference to the Reagan Amnesty, which ended up legalizing nearly 3 million persons. One of the few good things Ronnie Reagan did while prez.

Did the country do a tailspin because close to 3 million people were legalized? Nope. Life kept chugging along like it always does. The Earth didn't open up and swallow the nation. No raining frogs or blood boiling in the street.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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