In the early 1990s, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) proposed a piece of legislation that would have cut legal immigration significantly to protect against what he claimed was a serious threat to American workers’ jobs.
Reid laid out the plan in an Aug. 10, 1994 op-ed published in the Los Angeles Times. “The federal government has been grossly irresponsible in its neglect of mounting immigration problems, even as these problems place unbearable burdens on states like California,” Reid wrote at the time. “It is regrettable that states have reached a point where the only avenue they have for justice is the courts. It is even more regrettable that this Administration and this Congress stand by and allow the federal courts to decide the nation’s immigration policies.”