Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation freed non-citizens slaves. He did that for philosophical reasons and ALSO for practical reasons-he hoped the slaves would take up arms against their citizen owners. That was a arrogant abuse of power for the president of ALL the United States. For largely political reasons he aligned himself with people who had no legal status and hoped they would kill legally protected American citizens..What would he do today if he saw political gain in amnesty for illegal immigrants?
Amnesty may well be an issue that could break up this country again.