color: SOME SOLDIER'S MOM: The Senate Immigration Bill is Bad Legislation

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The Senate Immigration Bill is Bad Legislation

The current version of the Senate comprehensive immigration bill is a piece of hastily crafted, poorly written and marginally thoughtful legislation. They should get this right and not rush just because after doing nothing for 20 years they feel they have to act before the next election. Get this right -- not rush. Secure our borders... THEN we can talk immigration reform. The reform part doesn't have to be done in a day or a week... We should be putting together legislation that can actually work and that the American public will support... and this isn't it. (And if Ted Kennedy is all for it -- we should be really wary!)

Under the Senate agreement, illegal immigrants who have lived in the United States for five years or more, about seven million people, would eventually be granted citizenship if they remained employed, passed background checks, paid fines and back taxes, and enrolled in English classes.

Illegal immigrants who have lived here two to five years, about three million people, would have to leave the country briefly and receive a temporary work visa before returning, as a guest worker. Over time, they would be allowed to apply for permanent residency and ultimately citizenship.

As if people would actually sign up to go back where they came from to maybe come back?

Illegal immigrants who have been here less than two years, about one million people, would be required to leave the country altogether. They could apply for the guest worker program, but they would not be guaranteed acceptance in it.

The legislation would also require employers to use a new employment verification system that would distinguish between legal and illegal workers. In addition, it would impose stiff fines for violations by employers, create legal-immigrant documents resistant to counterfeiting, increase the number of Border Patrol agents and mandate other enforcement measures.
Critics of the bill did gain some notable victories. They won passage on amendments that call for 370 miles of fencing along the border with Mexico, designate English as the national language and reduce the number of foreign guest workers to be admitted annually to 200,000 a year from 320,000.
What they haven't addressed is the elimination of the "chain migration" that is really a pyramid scheme to increase the number of immigrants -- a ponzi scheme that permits one new green card holder (which many of the currently illegal immigrants will become almost immediately) to bring an unlimited number of family members (parents, brothers, sisters, all the inlaws and then THEIR brothers, sisters, spouses, children, parents, and THEIR parents, brothers, sisters, spouses, children... ) and which fall outside any "caps" or quotas.

Nor have they addressed the IMMEDIATE eligibility of illegals that become eligible for residency (that's 80% of currently illegal aliens) to the Earned Income Tax Credit which is estimated to cost $29 BILLION dollars over the first 10 years in CASH OUTLAYS -- not deferred tax revenues but real cash -- and expands exponentially in years to follow. There are also provisions to forgive or permit the partial payment of past due taxes and the waiver of fees and fines.

I like that Senator Jeff Sessions says we should be encouraging the immigration of SKILLED and educated (at least a high school diploma) individuals that already speak English. He says studies show that those immigrants to America have a vested interest in succeeding here and who, in fact, contribute far more in tax revenues than they draw from system benefits... and conversely, those immigrants with less than a high school education draw 70% more from the system than they pay in. They estimate that 60-70% of all illegal immigrants currently living in the U.S. have less than a high school education and that less than 50% speak English well enough to pass a basic test.
I agree with Sen. Sessions entirely when he says we should strictly control who comes here and in what numbers... and do whatever it takes to make that happen.
And it doesn't appear that there are any penalties for those that remain in the U.S. illegally. And there doesn't appear to be any FUNDING for all these measures... just empty legislation that will permit illegals to stay here -- the one thing that they do now and costs nothing -- no enforcement. Look the other way and let them stay... and everyone will then throw up their hands and blame the other party -- or the liberals or the conservatives... Anything to get a vote and everything to avoid accountability. What they won't have achieved at all is immigration reform.

The Senate is scheduled to vote on this proposed bill tomorrow (Thursday) so feel free to contact your elected representatives... ASAP.
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At 5/25/2006 8:11 AM , Blogger David M said...

Sadly it sounds like most legislation that comes out of Washington.


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