Amnesty is defined by Webster’s New World Law Dictionary as “A pardon for past criminal offenses for a class or group of individuals who are subject to trial but have not yet been convicted.” More specifically as it pertains to illegal aliens in the United States, the amnesty debate in Congress concerns whether or not illegal aliens should be rewarded by allowing them to escape penalties for their law-breaking and giving them precisely what they broke the laws to obtain: the right to live and work in the United States.

Prior to the Immigration and Reform Control Act of 1986, the United States government previously granted amnesty on a case by case basis. Since 1986, there have been Seven mass amnesties and additional amnesties are proposed in Congress every year. Fortunately, the last mass amnesty was passed over a decade ago. In 2007, Senators Ted Kennedy and John McCain introduced the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 which would have given amnesty to 12 to 20 million illegal aliens, this would have beed detrimental to the overpopulation problem. Fortunately the bill failed mostly because to the efforts of NumbersUSA's activists faxing and phone call campaigns to the senators' offices. In June 2012, President Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano issued the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals "DACA" which allows illegal aliens who came as children to stay in the United States. Officials began accepting applications for "DACA" in August 2012.  

Any amnesty allow illegal aliens to permanetly stay in the United States. Eventually, these individuals will be allowed to sponsor their immediate and distant relatives, thereby making America's overpopulation problem even worse.