Saturday, June 15, 2013

S744 Immigration Reform or Amnesty?

The latest Immigration Reform Bill S.744 is a deceptive proposal pushed by the Gang of 8 in hopes of fooling the American people yet again.  At the heart of it, S.744 is first an amnesty bill with empty promises to enforce the border later.  The bill proposes to fix the immigration problem but as it stands, it would make matters much worse for Americans now and in the future.

Some of the Reasons Given by the Gang of 8 for Pushing this Bill include:

1.  The bill increases skilled immigrant workers and helps the labor shortage in America.

With unemployment at an all time high of 7.6%, most Americans would beg to differ.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the last 10 years, the lowest unemployment rates were in the year 2006-2007 at 4.6%.  Furthermore, how many of these immigrants are truly “skilled” to work and contribute to our society?  Despite Senator Rubio’s claims, it seems highly illogical that giving amnesty to illegal aliens would improve America’s economy.  If anything, it puts illegal aliens directly in competition with Americans who are trying to find work.

2.  The skilled immigrant workers in turn help America’s economy grow by creating more jobs for Americans.

 By that rationale, one should assume that Americans are a group of the most unskilled workers in the world and incapable of growing the nation’s economy.  Indeed, if this was truly the case, should not the Americans have an opportunity to gain the knowledge, training, and expertise to become skilled workers?  Instead of choking Americans with outrageous programs such as Obamacare that tax us to death, it would be better for the Government to step aside and let the American creative and entrepreneurial spirit have a chance.

3.  The bill ONLY gives provisional legal status but NOT necessarily citizenship.

The statement is untrue.  In fact, under the DREAM ACT, it puts illegal immigrants who have lived here for 5 years and arrived here before the age of 16 on a pathway to citizenship:

“IN GENERAL – The Secretary may adjust the status of a registered provisional immigrant to the status of a lawful permanent resident if the immigrant demonstrates that he or she (i) has been a registered provisional immigrant for at least 5 years; (ii) was younger than 16 years of age on the date on which the alien initially entered the United States; (iii) has earned a high school diploma, a commensurate alternative award from a public or private high school or secondary school, or has obtained a general education development certificate recognized under State law, or a high school equivalency diploma in the United States…”

Furthermore, seasonal workers can get blue card within 1 year of the bill then get a permanent resident status within 5 years.

4.  Illegal aliens are required to pay “back taxes” which grows the economy.

Only if the IRS has “assessed” taxes as of the day of the application.  Therefore, any taxes they should have paid prior to the application will NOT be paid because neither the employer nor the illegal alien have documents to prove how long they have lived and worked in the US and how much taxes they owe. 

What S.744 Immigration Reform Bill Really Does:

1.  Expands Government.

The bill gives the Department of Homeland Security super power to make decisions in relation to approval or disqualification of legal status for the illegal immigrants.  The DHS decides which laws to enforce, how many green cards to give out, and how to handle amnesty in the future:

Under Section 245 E:

“Any illegal Aliens seeking administrative review shall not be removed from the United States until a final decision is rendered…& During the period in which an alien may request administrative review under this subsection, and during the period that any such review is pending, the alien shall not be considered ‘unlawfully present in the United States.’”                                   

Furthermore, DHS Secretary can waive any requirements for “inadmissibility if the Secretary determines that such refulsal of admission is against the public interest or would result in hardship to the alien’s United States citizen or permanent resident parent, spouse, or child” and “No court shall have jurisdiction to review a decision or action of the Attorney General or the Secretary regarding a waiver.”


2.  It does not require any additional border fence but leaves it up to the DHS to provide a “strategy” that may or may not be enforced.

3.  The bill does NOT improve public safety:

“(Sec3605) (f) Refusal To Issue; Revocation – In accordance with regulations promulgated by the Secretary, the Secretary shall refuse to issue or renew, or shall revoke and debar from eligibility to obtain a certificate of registration for a period of not greater than 5 years, after notice and an opportunity for hearing, a certificate of registration under this section if- (3) the applicant for, or holder of, the certification has been convicted within the preceding 5 years of—(A) any felony under State or Federal law or crime involving robbery, bribery, extortion, embezzlement, grand larceny, burglary, arson, violation of narcotics laws, murder, rape, assault with intent to kill, assault which inflicts grievous bodily injury, prostitution, peonage, or smuggling or harboring individuals who have entered the United States illegally.”

It then further states:

“(g) Re-registration of Violators – The Secretary shall establish a procedure by which foreign labor contractor that has had its registration revoked under subsection (f) may seek to re-register under this subsection by demonstrating to the Secretary’s satisfaction that the foreign labor contractor has not violated this subtitle in the previous 5 years and that the foreign labor contractor has taken sufficient steps to prevent future violations of this subtitle.”
It promises to mandate E-Verify to fulfill the promises of 1986 and 1996 laws but it provides work permits to 11 million illegal aliens before any E-Verify requirements.

Moreover, “it voids State and Local E-Verify laws.”                                   

4.  Does not curb or cut excessive Government Spending:

Instead of cutting spending, the bill creates more spending and thereby higher taxes for Americans.  According to the Heritage Foundation, 11 million illegal immigrants would cost American taxpayers $6.3 trillion in taxes.  For the first 10 years, the illegal aliens will be able to receive benefits from public education, fire, police, highways, parks, etc.  Thereafter, upon receiving their green cards, they will be able to receive welfare, Social Security, Medicare, and Obamacare.  If the bill becomes law, it will only grow the national debt further and increase taxes for Americans.

5.  Benefits Politicians and Interest Groups who have conjured up the bill.

 It gives politically connected interest groups an advantage over the rights of Americans.  There are currently 4 million people in the world waiting to get into the US LEGALLY.  There are more than 11 million illegal aliens already in the US who will receive voting power (despite what the politicians claim) through this bill.  Most of these illegal aliens will vote for Democrats in office.  Is it then a wonder why a supposed conservative senator such as Marco Rubio has aligned himself with this bill?  Clearly, he understands the importance of siding with the majority.

The focus of immigration reform should be on improving the existing immigration laws by fixing the visa system, securing the border of our country, and encouraging LEGAL immigration.  Rewarding lawbreakers by giving them amnesty now will only set the precedent for the rest to follow.  In a nation of laws, this quick fix approach is unacceptable.  Regardless of what the peddling politicians may say, Americans need to remember that this Government by the People, for the People, must listen to the People because they hold the ultimate authority in this Republic.

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