[Rushtalk] Truth about amnesty not in State of the Union
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Truth about amnesty not in State of the Union
Report warns legalizing illegal aliens won't help economy
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by Bob Unruh Email | Archive
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A new report shows that Texans spend about $12.1 billion annually for
services for illegal aliens, who generate only about $1.27 billion in
taxes, and the proposal in Congress dubbed “amnesty” by its critics
would do little to change that.
“The proponents of amnesty, or ‘earned legalization,’ as they term it,
generally ignore the fiscal effects of illegal immigration other than to
note that ‘unauthorized immigrants’ pay taxes,” said the report from the
Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR.
“If amnesty were enacted, most of the illegal aliens would become legal
immigrants, and, according to the amnesty advocates, the fiscal impact
issue would become moot,” the group asserted.
FAIR said the fiscal costs “from having absorbed the population of
aliens who either entered the country illegally or overstayed visas
would not appreciably change.”
“The only way to lessen the fiscal burden from illegal aliens is not by
making them legal but, rather, by reducing the size of this uninvited
foreign population,” FAIR said. “Amnesty legislation would assure that
the population would become permanent and invite others to follow.”
The report noted that the same arguments were made in favor of amnesty
in 1980s, but when the measure passed, “the study that tracked the
earnings of the 1986 amnesty applicants five years after receiving
amnesty found that for the most part the only income advance they had
realized was an overall increase for all wage earners in which the
amnestied aliens shared.”
However, amnesty for millions of illegal aliens already living in the
United States long has been one of President Obama’s top objectives.
Obama has gone so far as to say that if Congress doesn’t pass the
“immigration reform” he wants, he would not just wait for legislation.
“I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone, and I can use that pen to sign
executive orders and take executive actions,” he threatened.
According to the New York Times, House Republicans, who have been
America’s last bastion against a virtual freeway into the country, are
now considering a template to address immigration.
The report said Republican leaders in the House are expected to call for
border security and enforcement but also create a path to legal status
for most of the 11 million illegal aliens now in the country.
Democrats in the majority in the Senate long have been aboard Obama’s
immigration train, but the report said now “even some of the most ardent
conservatives say consensus is forming around an immigration package
that would include several separate bills on border security; a
clampdown against the hiring of undocumented workers; expanded
guest-worker programs; a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants
brought to the country as children; and a path to legal status for
undocumented workers with family ties to citizens or employer sponsors.”
Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., in a commentary, said it’s foolhardy to
think that adding more lesser-skilled applicants is going to help
Americans in the job market.
“The president’s own economic adviser, Gene Sperling, recently noted
that there are three unemployed people for every job available. Wages
today have been flat since 2000. Last year, a record one in five
Americans households received food stamps. This is a national
emergency,” he said.
“So what is the president’s proposal? … He proposes doubling the number
of guest workers entering every year, granting immediate work permits to
millions of illegal immigrants, and tripling the number of new
immigrants granted permanent residency over the next decade.”
Sessions wondered aloud if anyone has asked the American people “whether
they wanted to triple immigration.”
“Polling shows that the public opposes these increases,” he said. ‘The
opposition is particularly strong among lower- and middle-income
Americans. Those earning under $30,000 prefer a reduction to an increase
Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., a far-left mega-millionaire, took to
screaming on the floor of the U.S. House because he didn’t think the
agenda for illegal aliens was moving quickly enough.
“You think they want to be spending their time here?” he shouted,
referring to visitors in the congressional gallery. “I want you, Madam
Speaker, to address the reason they are here.”
FAIR reports that the information available indicates about 14 percent
of the immigrants are professionals. Those with other pursuits total 18
percent and those without work comprise 31 percent. The rest, well over
one-third, are students and children.
In just Texas alone, taxpayers shell out $8.5 billion for education for
illegal aliens annually, $1.8 billion for health care, $1 billion for
justice, $47 million for public assistance and $577 million for general
Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, said the issue needs to wait until Obama is
willing to work with Congress to resolve the problem and not dictate
“The president has shown he’s not willing to work with us on
immigration,” he said. “It’s not worth having a party divided when we
have so many issues we can come together on.”
The rhetoric has soared to new levels.
Ex-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg contended that the current laws are
“I don’t think that’s an exaggeration,” he said.
And Jeh Johnson, a leftist who is Obama’s Homeland Security secretary,
claimed illegal aliens have “earned the right” of citizenship.
FAIR’s solution isn’t complicated.
“A refusal to enact amnesty legislation coupled with measures to deny
benefits to the illegal alien population – with denial of job
opportunities at the top of the list – would work over time to not only
deter new illegal immigration, but also to encourage those already
residing here illegally to return to their home countries,” the analysis
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