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Monday, May 06, 2013

Roadblocks Blocking Amnesty

The amnesty bill that the so-called Gang of Eight Members of Congress have been working on in secret is proving to be very costly to U.S. taxpayers. The Senate Budget Committee reported that there is nothing in the plan to comply with the federal law that states that any immigrant is "inadmissible" who is "likely at any time to become a public charge." That's the text of Section 212 of the federal Immigration and Nationality Act. The Gang of Eight appears to be willing to allow those who illegally entered the U.S. to obtain legal residence without demonstrating that they will not become a public charge. So, we can be pretty sure that many will become a public charge. After they get a green card, they will be able to access the 79 federal welfare benefits and anti-poverty programs. The Senate Budget Committee staff estimates that cash and benefits given to these legal residents in the U.S. will cost taxpayers $40 billion a year just for Medicaid and Obamacare. The Heritage Foundation estimates that the net cost of amnesty would eventually top $2 trillion.

One out of three immigrant-headed households is already participating in at least one major welfare program. Green card holders are already eligible for Medicaid, TANF, Supplemental Security Income, child care assistance, and food stamps. Who will protect the taxpayers against this gigantic raid on our money and on our children's future?

Unfortunately, the Democratic-controlled Senate appears to be imitating the Nancy Pelosi model of passing controversial legislation, the procedure Pelosi used to pass ObamaCare. She was very upfront about her method: first pass the bill, and after that, let Members of Congress and the American public read the legislation and find out what is in it. That's no way to pass legislation.

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