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Thursday, August 01, 2013

Amnesty Bill Betrays Americans

The Amnesty bill written by the so-called Gang of Eight can be summed up like this: amnesty now, border closing never. The bill does not require the Department of Homeland Security to build a fence (which was ordered by the Secure Fence Act signed by President George W. Bush). Our government is only required to submit a plan. The Amnesty bill will give legal residence to at least 11 million illegal aliens, which is the reason why they undertook their journey and broke U.S. law. Their new U.S. legality will be concealed under the pompous bureaucratic title, Registered Provisional Immigrant status.

This amnesty will cost the U.S. taxpayers $6.3 trillion over the lifetimes of the amnestied persons. This horrendous sum, which includes public welfare benefits less the taxes they pay, was copiously documented by the Heritage Foundation. The Amnesty bill authorizes the issuance of 33 million lifetime work permits over the next ten years. This enormous influx of job seekers will flood our labor markets and communities, thus continuing the high unemployment of Americans, driving down the wages of those who do have jobs, and eliminating their hope of ever rising to the middle class and achieving the American dream. Every amnestied person will become eligible for ObamaCare upon receiving a green card, and within five years will be able to cash in on most of our 79 means-tested welfare benefits.

The Amnesty bill's so-called requirement that those amnestied will have to pay back taxes is a sham. They will be asked to pay only any taxes already computed and assessed by the Internal Revenue Service and, since the many years the illegals worked off the books never came to the attention of IRS, those years will not be counted. It is also a sham to require amnestied aliens to speak English because the bill includes loopholes and exceptions to make that requirement worthless.

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