Sunday, June 11, 2006

Just some Facts on the Immigration Bill

Just consider the Senate bill's "Dirty Dozen Defects":

1) It would grant immigrants a legal right to demand that the federal government communicate with them in any language they choose.

2) It would allow 10 million illegal aliens to break in line and get in front of the law-abiding applicants who have been waiting patiently in their home countries for years. According to the Heritage Foundation's analysis, the number of legal immigrants who will enter the country or gain legal status would be 66 million over the next 20 years.

3) The $2,000 penalty that would have to be paid to become a citizen is less money than illegal aliens pay their so-called "coyotes" (i.e., human traffickers) to smuggle them into our country. That's why the White House Press Secretary approvingly compared the fine to "paying a traffic ticket."

4) The assertion that the bill would compel illegal aliens to pay "back taxes" is a joke. First, most illegal aliens are paid wages so low that they would qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit and thus they would actually RECEIVE money if they filed returns. Second, the bill says that illegal aliens need only pay their back taxes for just 3 of the last 5 years. If you and I tried that, we would go to prison.

5) Each year, the bill would allow 200,000 immigrants to cross the border illegally and work just 6 days that year (including self employment) to qualify for a permanent green card.

6)While the House passed a bill requiring at least 700 miles of "real fencing" on our 2,000 mile long Mexican border, the Senate bill cuts the "real fencing" to the absurdly short length of only 370 miles.

7) The bill's terrorist loophole would restrict local police to arresting aliens for only criminal violations of immigration law, not civil violations. Most of the 9-11 hijackers, for example, committed civil violations of immigration law. Under the bill, police officers would have no power to arrest such terrorists.

8) It forbids the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency from sharing information about guest-worker program applicants with other government agencies after performing background checks on them. That means the bill would actually prevent USCIS from initiating the process to remove criminals and national security threats, even after they are rejected from the guest-worker program.

9) It would allow illegal aliens to use their past illegal work to qualify for Social Security benefits! This will of course imperil the solvency of Social Security for us and our children.

10) It would be the largest expansion of government welfare in 35 years. The Heritage Foundation estimates that the bill would increase federal spending by at least $50 billion a year.
11) It would extend Davis-Bacon "prevailing wage" provisions for guest workers, but not American citizens, and thereby force small businesses to pay inflated wages to guest workers that would exceed the pay American citizens get for performing the same work.

12) It would give immigrants more job protection that American citizens because guest farm workers could not be "terminated from employment by any employer ... except for just cause." By contrast, American agriculture workers can be fired for any reason.

Sounds like a good Bill doesn't it?

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