Some thoughts on the Gang of Eights “AMNESTY” bill.
Posted April 25, 2013on:
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First off: full disclosure: I am a second generation immigrant. the legal kind however. My maternal grandparents came to america in steerage with hardly a dime in the pockets in 1910. At that time the only government program available to immigrants was public school classes in English. A program that by the way was a good one! and therefore was dropped! Immigrants were on their own to sink or swim or rely on other immigrants until they found a job. there was also none of this bringing every relative including kissin’ counsins over once the first immigrant made it into the country. Damned if my grandparents didn’t make it and even go so far as to thrive without the benefit of tax payer dollars. How dare they!!?!!
Todays immigrants just don’t have these same amenities to greet them the moment they step off the boat or plan. Todays immigrants are immediately met by your federal government officials to help them sign up for all the juicy government welfare programs and handouts that we Americans have made available to any new comers to our shores. AND, this also seems to apply to illegal immigrants. Yes I know Dear Reader, it isn’t nice and is considered an insult to call these dear people “illegal aliens” or even “illegal”. they are instead according to our own State Department to be referred to as “undocumented citizens”.
Now we have our Congressmen busy working to get the immigrants or Hispanic vote which Obama got 71% of in the 2012 election. So both parties, Republican and Democrat, are busy trying to out do each other with goodies for these people. Now please understand, I know that something has to be done about the illegal aliens we already have in this country. I also assure you that if I lived in Central America I would be one of the first to break my butt getting across the Rio Grande River! Yes I would! I have been to Mexico and the poverty is so bad that after one week I insisted my husband turn the RV around and head north as fast as possible because I simply could not stand seeing another child with a swollen belly ( swollen bellies in children is a sure sign of gross hunger!). So yes, I Brenda Bowers would move Heaven and Hell and defy every American in this fabulous country to get over here and be able to get a job and feed my family. And I would, I am pretty sure, commit a whole lot of the available low level crimes to stay here!
But speaking as an American whose grandparents were among those who left Europe to come to this land of promise and freedom, we simply can not afford any more of the “starving masses yearning to be free” out there. We need to seal off our borders RIGHT NOW. Even if it takes placing our troops on our borders. As it stands with the drug dealers and our own government passing out weapons on our borders they are war zones right now anyhow! Then after sealing our borders we need to do something to get a handle on just how amany and who the people are who are here already. Not to get them sign up for every government welfare program out there but to get a head count and to see that they begin the process of becoming Americans citizens sometime in the future, but only if they are obeying our laws and contributing to our society.
With all of the above in mind I thought perhaps you would find this latest Heritage Foundation article of interest. Sincerely , BB
Our nation is going broke, and now is not the time to increase burdens on American families.
The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744)—commonly called the “Gang of Eight bill” after the eight Senators who came up with it, Charles Schumer (D-NY), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Michael Bennet (D-CO), John McCain (R-AZ), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC)—includes amnesty for some 11 million unlawful immigrants. That amnesty would further burden taxpayers and weaken our fiscal situation. Congress should not rush to pass the bill without understanding the cost to the American taxpayer, especially when key research identifying and calculating those costs is nearly complete.
We have more than $12 trillion in public debt and tens of trillions of dollars more in unfunded obligations that we have no way to afford, thanks to promises made by past and present politicians. With this in mind, today’s political leaders must consider the fiscal impact of amnesty and a path to citizenship that would enable millions of unlawful immigrants to qualify for costly welfare and entitlement programs.
Simply put, what would this cost taxpayers, present and future? Would this make their burdens lighter, or double down on debt and unaffordable promises to be repaid by future generations?
Leaders from both parties have repeatedly failed to consider properly the long-term effects of their policies. That is why we are in such a predicament. For too many politicians, long-term thinking extends only to the next election, at most six years away. Unfortunately, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the legislative branch’s official scorekeeper, does not help much in this regard, as it often looks at costs for only the next 10 years.
We’ve seen legislative myopia again and again as politicians put off tough choices for the future or make our fiscal picture worse with new and expanded government programs we cannot afford, like Medicare prescription drug benefits or Obamacare. The biggest losers are future generations.
Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX) once noted that three groups spend other people’s money: thieves, children, and politicians—and all three need supervision. Robert Rector of The Heritage Foundation helps provide the information needed for the American people to keep watch over politicians playing with immigration laws and our tax money. Rector is most famous for his work pioneering welfare reform and enjoys a sterling reputation as one of the nation’s leading authorities on government social programs.
When he last crunched the numbers during the 2007 amnesty debate, Rector calculated that a general amnesty would cost some $2.5 trillion after considering what legalized immigrants would likely pay in taxes and receive in government assistance. With government only getting bigger (again, see Obamacare), it is likely he will calculate an even higher price tag in 2013. Hishighly anticipated research is nearing completion. His research from five years ago and the anticipated update are a central part of the debate.
Some amnesty proponents are trying to convince themselves that the immigration bill won’t cost much. On the surface, they have some good talking points, noting that “registered provisional immigrants” (the name given to aliens who entered or stayed in the U.S. unlawfully but would get amnesty under the bill) are not eligible for government benefits. Of course that would last only until, at the very latest, they become citizens. (More likely, there will be pressure in future years to speed up both citizenship and eligibility.)
In just a short time, they would be entitled to the same massive array of government programs as everyone else, including expensive retirement income and health programs that are already severely underfunded. The average unlawful immigrant has a 10th grade education, and low-skill immigrants on average take more in government benefits than they pay in taxes at every stage of their lives.
America’s families are already burdened with taxes to support a bloated welfare and overburdened entitlement system that is badly in need of reform. This situation would get far worse under amnesty.
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ONE MORE NOTE: the two monsters who killed people in Boston, the so-called Boston Bombers were immigrants. They and their parent were brought to the United States under our all too generous program for people who felt their lives were in danger in their own country and then given every possible welfare program available. That was 10 years ago. The parents returned to Russia so apparently their lives were not that threatened. The oldest child a man of 26 who had been in the United States living on welfare all this time and at age 26 bombed and killed and injured Americans! So much for immigrants to our country in this enlightened age when we tax payers thru our elected officials roll out the welcome mat and pour our hard earned tax dollars into their open palms. Sincerely, Brenda Bowers