Charles Krauthammer says he would legalize 11 million illegal aliens in exchange for a secure border. Checking the 1986 law, I see that was the deal then. Legalize 3 million, but have tougher border security. That's how we got to 11 million. "Public Law 99-603 (Act of 11/6/86), which was passed in order to control and deter illegal immigration to the United States. Its major provisions stipulate legalization of undocumented aliens who had been continuously unlawfully present since 1982, legalization of certain agricultural workers, sanctions for employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers, and increased enforcement at U.S. borders." Homeland Security.