“Living in the shadows just got a bit better.” Mickey Kaus explains Why The Coyotes Were Right.
The “no legalization necessary” theory also explains the timing of the surge, as Breitbart’s John Sexton has pointed out. Yes, the surge preceded the 2012 DACA decree, with its promise of work permits. But it immediately followed the so-called Morton memos, the initial 2011 announcement that interior enforcement (except for criminals) would be a low priority.
Additionally, my theory is that the immigration phrasing of permisos was purposely done to give illegals with little or no education the sense that they were granted permission to stay indefinitely, as opposed to a permit to remain until their immigration hearings.