One of the reasons the Republican party's paralysis on immigration reform, is the distrust they have for the Democratic party.
You summarized your opinion on your closing statement. I quote: “Republicans love to forget Ronald Reagan was responsible for the last big amnesty to undocumented immigrants, back in 1986.
Sir, you failed to mention President Reagan signed the law re: Amnesty to 20 million immigrants with one caveat. It was a promise by the Democratic congress to secure the southern border. They reneged on their promise.
Had the border been sealed back then, there would be no problem today.