Scrap this bill and reduce it to about twenty pages.
1. no path to citizenship
2. no chain migration
3. end anchor babies
4. no education
5. no medical care
6. Enforce work force penalities
7. No purcahse of property or vehicles
8. No loans or banking privilages
9. End guest worker program
10. End the lottery system
11. All deportations must be expedited
12. Expand enforcement to local police
13. Enforce the ”no sanctuary” policy
14. Actually Impose penalities for those crossing the border
15. Increase the number of ICE agents with expanded authority
16. End the policy of granting citizenship to those in the military
17. Impose penalities to anyone giving refuge to an illegal alien
18. No deportation appeals for criminals or gang members or for those
with forged documents.
19. Adopt English as our Offical language
1. reduce the number of immgrants from friendly nations and
end immgration from nations not friendly toward us.
2, Reduce the number of visas for H1B, students, and
visitors until a tracking system can be implemented.
1. Build the 700 mile fence
2. Expand the number of border agents and
include an armed Military.
3. Abolish all civil protections now afforded border crossers.
Roy Beck, NumbersUSA 6/15/07 update:
Apparently 15 Republican Senators who voted NO on cloture on the S. 1348 amnesty bill a week ago have told Senate GOP Leader McConnell (R-Ky.) that they are willing to flip and vote YES next week.
What can you say — and how — to these FLIPPIN’ FIFTEEN that might “unflip” enough of them to keep the amnesty cloture from getting the necessary 60 votes?
Below are some answers we’ve picked up from many Senate sources the last couple of days — as well as from stories that many of you have told us.
Don’t forget to call the local offices of your Senators.
We have every reason to believe that the right voices and the right information can still pull a number of the Senators back from supporting S. 1348.
TIP NO. 1: Tell them that the grand compromise of S. 1348 makes Senators accept a huge amnesty in exchange for a promise to end future illegal immigration. But the bill’s actual provisions make no promises of lower illegal immigration and set no numerical reduction goals at all.
While most phone calls to Senators recently have stressed the caller’s hatred of amnesty, it might be a good idea today to focus on whether the trade-off for the amnesty can work.
There are a number of good reasons to think that many of the Flippin’ Fifteen truly believe that, as much as they regret accepting an amnesty, it can be justified because illegal immigration will finally be brought under control.
You need to find every opportunity to tell staffers, Senators and anybody else that the bill is unworkable in fighting illegal immigration. Look at Rosemary Jenks’ short summary of the details of S. 1348. (Scroll down to BACKGROUND INFORMATION.)
TIP NO. 2: “Show me the results, not just the money.”
Pres. Bush and the chief architects of this giant amnesty for 12-20 million illegal aliens have just now persuaded more than a dozen Republicans to change their votes in part because the President is promising a big increase in spending on enforcement.
But we’ve seen huge amounts of money spent on enforcement in the past with little result.
Let staffers know that the only thing that counts with you is proof of substantial reductions in future illegal immigration. Even if somebody thinks it a good idea to reward millions of illegal aliens with the right to work and live here, surely it makes sense to withhold any legalization until funding and enforcement efforts have actually resulted in substantial reductions of the illegal population?
TIP NO. 3: Talk facts and details.
Staffers are listening for any details about the bill that show you know what you are talking about. Some of these fence-straddling Senators have been expressing amazement about all the details many voters in their states know about S. 1348.
When Pres. Bush came to their lunch Tuesday, people in the room said his body language and facial expressions showed genuine surprise at the number of Senators who told him that it isn’t just the “immigration crazies” who are objecting to the bill. Rather, they said, regular middle class people are expressing their distrust and backing it up with real details from the bill.
TIP NO. 4: Speak calmly.
Staffers’ ear drums are ringing from a month of outrage shouted at them through the phones. They’re tuning it out now. What gets their attention is a conversational tone from a constituent who sincerely shares a concern. Passion can be expressed calmly. (Always try to think of these staffers as perhaps slightly inexperienced nieces and nephews who could use a litle kindness.)
TIP NO. 5: All “touch back” provisions that require the illegal aliens to leave the country briefly are meaningless to voters concerned about amnesty.
Pro-amnesty leaders use the touch-back provisions to try to fool voters into thinking that the illegal aliens would be allowed to live here permanently in a process no different from anybody else.
In fact, though, the illegal aliens would just be doing the hokey pokey (”put your right foot out / put your right foot in / put your fight foot out / and then you can pretend”). The permanent residence they would be given would be possible only because they broke the law in the first place.
But most importantly, these touch-back provisions so dear to Sen. Hutchinson (R-Texas) have nothing to do with slowing down illegal immigration in the future.
TIP NO. 6: Note to them that Ted Kennedy has already pushed SEVEN amnesties into law. None was followed by a reduction in illegal immigration. Why should anybody believe this one will be?
1. In 1986, Ted Kennedy’s blanket amnesty for 2.7 million illegal aliens promised a lot more enforcement but did not set any requirments for actual reductions in illegal immigration. The illegal flow continued.
2. In 1994, Ted Kennedy’s Section 245(i) Amnesty gave legal residence and jobs to 578,000 illegal aliens. It was a temporary rolling amnesty primarily for extended family members of immigrants who instead of waiting in line, come on to the country illegally. The illegal flow continued.
3. In 1997, Ted Kennedy’s extension of the Section 245(i) rolling amnesty was followed by an increasing flow of illegal immigration.
4. In 1997, Ted Kennedy also won an amnesty for close to one million illegal aliens from Central America. Illegal immigration sped up some more.
5. In 1998, Ted Kennedy won an amnesty for 125,000 illegal aliens from Haiti. The illegal flow continued.
6. In 2000, Ted Kennedy got the so-called Late Amnesty, legalizing another 400,000 illegal aliens who claimed that they missed out on Kennedy’s 1986 amnesty. Illegal immigration continued unimpeded.
7. In 2000, Ted Kennedy also won the LIFE Act Amnesty for an estimated 900,000 illegal aliens. It was another reinstatement of the rolling Section 245(i) amnesty., an estimated 900,000 illegal aliens. Illegal immigration accelerated.
Now, Ted Kennedy is saying that this amnesty is necessary if we are ever to stop the flow of illegal aliens. Why would any of these Senators believe him when he says this amnesty bill will end illegal immigration with a track record like his?
WHICH ONES OF THESE WILL BE THE FLIPPIN’ FIFTEEN?
You may want to put most of your effort into this list. All of the se are vulnerable to changing positions since they were willing to vote for cloture last year on an even worse McCain/Kennedy amnesty bill.
These are the Republican Senators who ended up voting NO on cloture last week. But they were willing to vote YES last year. This shows a vulnerability to flip. Can you stop them?
(Names marked with an * are up for re-election in 2008.)
* Cochran (R-MS)
* Coleman (R-MN)
* Collins (R-ME)
* Craig (R-ID)
* Domenici (R-NM)
* McConnell (R-KY)
* Smith (R-OR)
* Warner (R-VA)
In addition, Sen. Brownback (R-Kan.) didn’t cast a vote last week but he was a strong YES voter for amnesty last year.
The following Senators voted NO on amnesty cloture both last year and last week. But our friends and our lobbying staff believe they need bolstering to keep them from falling for Ted Kennedy’s latest amnesty.
That makes 23 from whom Sen. McConnell can hope to get just 15 votes to pass cloture and the amnesty next week.
Several days of voting on amendments could start as early as next Tuesday.
One of our members wrote to me a little after midnight and noted a quote from Winston Churchill’s “Memoirs of the Second World War.”
Criticizing the British politicians in the years before WWII, Churchill wrote:
“The left and the right joined forces with fatuity at a terrible price to be paid later.”
The American Heritage dictionary (New College Edition) defines “fatuity” as “stupidity conveyed with an air of pride or self-satisfaction.”
The followers of Ted Kennedy and George Bush can’t stop patting themselves on the back in pride for their grand immigration compromise. But what a price we will all pay if they succeed.
When you call the offices of the above Senators, you will be giving them a chance to escape this great fatuity of our time.
Listed below are 26 problems with the new immigration bill. 26 reasons that make the bill a deal breaker. Many MSM journalists will never bring these to the publics attention. Why? Because they want a bill, even a bad bill passed. Since they don’t want this info disseminated, I will do it for them.
This incomplete list I’ve compiled comes from various news articles published since the bill was made public on Monday. These many “issues” with the bill make it a disaster for America. Therefore it should NEVER pass in it’s present form for the sake of our security, economy, and quality of life. No bill is better then a bad bill.
If you find any more issues with the bill, that I have not listed, feel free to post them in comments and I will add them to the growing list. Please include your source. Feel free to copy this list and send it to who ever you think needs a fast education on the subject. GuardDog
1. Security doesn’t come first in this bill. This bill would immediately legalize illegal aliens that are currently in the country. The only way Congress will actually see to it that the border security and enforcement provisions in the bill will be implemented is if they have to do them before they even consider an amnesty for the people who are here.
2. Illegal aliens won’t have to pay back taxes — where do we get the same deal? The whole idea that illegal aliens shouldn’t have to pay the taxes they already owe for working in the United States is utterly and completely offensive because it actually gives them a privilege that American citizens aren’t getting: forgiveness for taxes owed to the IRS.
3. If passed, this bill will make taxpayers pay the legal bills for illegal aliens seeking amnesty. Tucked away on page 317 is a provision that would allow lawyers in the federally-funded legal services program to represent illegal aliens, which they are presently barred from doing.
4. This bill rewards illegal aliens for breaking our laws. There are tens of millions of people who respect our laws and our country, waiting patiently, in line, often in their home countries, to get a chance to come here. Under this bill, illegal aliens will immediately be eligible for a “Z Visa” which allows them to work, go to school, and — this is important — stay here for the rest of their lives if they so choose because there is no limit on the number of times it can be renewed.
5. The bill gives the government only one business day to conduct a background check to determine whether an applicant is a criminal or a terrorist. It is impossible, of course, to determine in a single day whether someone is a terrorist or a criminal.
6. In the bill Section 601(g)(2), illegal-alien gang members would be eligible for amnesty merely by signing a “renunciation of gang affiliation.”
7. Gang-bangers and other criminals, who have been ordered to leave the United States by an immigration judge but defy the ruling, are called absconders. Section 601(d)(1)(I) permits U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to grant an absconder a Z visa anyway if he can show that being forced to leave the United States “would result in extreme hardship” to the alien, his spouse, parent or child.
8. The bill effectively shuts down our immigration-court system. If an alien in the removal process is eligible for the Z visa, the immigration judge must close the proceedings and offer the alien the chance to apply for the amnesty.
9. If ICE officials apprehend an alien who appears eligible for the Z visa (in other words, just about any illegal alien), they can’t detain him. Instead, ICE must help him apply for the Z visa.
Rather than initiating removal proceedings, ICE will be initiating amnesty applications. It’s like turning the Drug Enforcement Agency into a needle-distribution network.
10. To qualify for the Z-visa amnesty, an illegal alien need only have a job (or be the parent, spouse, or child of someone with a job) and come up with a scrap of paper suggesting he was in the country before Jan. 1 of this year. Any bank statement, pay stub, or similarly forgeable record will do.
Expect a mass influx unlike anything this country has seen before, once the 12-month period for accepting Z visa applications begins. These rules are an open invitation to sneak in and present a fraudulent piece of paper indicating that you were already here.
11. As promised, the bill will legalize most of the 12 million to 20 million illegal aliens now in the country via a new “Z visa.” Each would pay $3,000 – only slightly more than the going rate to be smuggled into America. This is not up front. They will have eight years to pay it back.
12. Supporters of the bill call the Z visa “temporary” – neglecting to mention that it can be renewed indefinitely until the visa holder dies. Thus, we have the country’s first permanent temporary visa. On top of that, it’s a super-visa – allowing the holder to work, attend college or do just about anything else.
Are you a law-abiding alien who’s interested in switching to this privileged status? Sorry. Only illegal aliens can qualify.
13. The bill increases legal migration by at least 50 percent over the next decade by granting green cards to all the remote relatives who are in the chain migration categories, a number estimated at 750,000 to 900,000 a year. That is triple the current number of 250,000. Giving green cards to millions of additional relatives ensures that legal immigration will continue to grow as this larger pool of permanent residents brings in spouses.
14. The bill claims that bench marks must be met before amnesty/guest-worker provisions go into effect. But the bench marks fail to require that the U.S.-Mexico border be closed, fail to require that the border fence be completed as mandated by Congress in October and fail to require that the Department of Homeland Security implement the entry-exit visa system so Americans can know if visitors and guest workers actually leave.
The border security part of the bill calls for a 370-mile-long fence on the U.S./Mexico border. That is only half as long as the 700-mile-long fence ordered by the Secure Fence Act passed overwhelmingly by Congress and ostentatiously signed by the president in front of TV cameras just before the November 2006 election.
15. Another bench mark is that “tools” will be provided to prevent illegal immigrants from getting jobs, including requirements for identification standards and an employee verification system. But the bill lacks a requirement that anybody actually use the tools.
16. The costs of the Senate immigration bill are mind-boggling. Unbelievably, the Senate has made no attempt to estimate this costs or how to how to pay them. The Heritage Foundation’s Robert Rector puts a potential price tag on this bill of $2.5 trillion, which is five times the cost of the Iraq war.
17. At least 60 percent of illegal immigrants lack a high school diploma, which means they will work low-wage jobs, pay little or no income tax, and be heavy users of our schools and means-tested social benefits such as Medicaid, school lunches, Women, Infants and Children Program, subsidized housing, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and free legal counsel.
18. Fiscal costs would go up dramatically after amnesty recipients reach retirement. Each elderly low-skill immigrant imposes a net cost – that is benefits minus taxes – on U.S. taxpayers of about $17,000 per year, according to the Heritage Foundation. These costs would hit Social Security and Medicare at the very time Social Security is expected to go into crisis.
19. Section 413 calls on Congress to “accelerate the implementation” of the Security and Prosperity Partnership – announced by Bush in Waco, Texas, in 2005 – so that the United States can “improve the standard of living in Mexico.” Do U.S. taxpayers want to take on the awesome economic burden of solving poverty problems in Mexico?
20. The Senate immigration bill states that the United States want to increase access to credit for “poor and under-served populations in Mexico,” and expand efforts “to reduce the transaction costs of remittance flows” from the U.S. to Mexico now running at $23 billion a year. That is money made in the US but transferred out of our economy.
21. The Senate bill also puts the United States into a “partnership” with Mexico for “increasing health care access for poor and under-served populations in Mexico,” for “assisting Mexico in increasing its emergency and trauma health care facilities,” and for “expanding prenatal care” in the border region. Do U.S. taxpayers want to take on the awesome economic burden of solving problems in Mexico?
22. The Senate bill authorizes 4,000 new Border Patrol agents, but doesn’t require that they be trained or deployed.
23. Last but not least. Illegal Aliens will receive instate tuition. Illegal aliens would receive a taxpayer subsidy worth tens of thousands of dollars and would be treated better than U.S. citizens from out of state, who must pay three to four times as much to attend college. In an era of limited educational resources and rising tuitions, U.S. citizens, not aliens openly violating federal law, should be first in line to receive education subsidies.
24.Health standards ignored – Z-Visa holders are not required to be given medical examinations and immunizations. Z-Visa applicants and permenant residents are two peas off the same pod. Both can live in the USA as long as they want. Permenant residents are required to be given a medical examination and immunized but Z-Visa holders are not. All aliens, including Z-Visa holders should be required to be given medical examinations and immunized. They are living and breathing in our country just as permanent residents. The health and safety issues are one and the same. TB or Leprosy anyone? SWEET!
25.“There are no serious assimilation components to the legislation.” Dual citizenship, naturalized Americans voting here and overseas, non-English classrooms and multilingual ballots all thrive, despite McCain-Kennedy’s “comprehensive” scope. “Assimilation” appears only once in this legislation, and not until the 343rd of 347 pages. “Americanization” never emerges. SWEET!
26. The amnestee doesn’t have to know squat in English to get probationary status or a Z visa. After four years when seeking to renew the Z visa the first time, he only has to take — not pass, just take — the naturalization language test or be on a waiting list for English classes. “Learn English” only happens after eight years, and then it’s not actual mastery of the language. SWEET!
Cost of Low-Skilled Lawbreakers to Taxpayers
Heritage Foundation Robert Rector breaks down the cost of low-skilled immigrants in America, VIDEO, STORY. Call your Congressmen and Senators today! Itemized cost breakdown: 1, 2.
To document the hidden world of special-interest aliens, San Antonio Express-News reporter Todd Bensman documented routes used by smugglers to move invaders from Islamic countries. The Express-News hired Arabic language interpreters in Syria, Jordan and Texas, where Boles was first interviewed extensively. Bensman obtained materials from overseas smuggling investigations and hundreds of daily intelligence summaries reflecting Texas border crossings. He interviewed U.S. and Mexican law enforcement officials in both countries, and examined U.S. court records from a dozen federal smuggling prosecutions. HERE.
Top 10 Worst Things About S.2611 Guest Worker Amnesty. (Suppport HR 4437 instead)
1. Grants amnesty to millions of illegal aliens currently in the U.S.
2. Admits millions of family members of amnestied illegal aliens who live outside of the U.S.
3. Annually admits hundreds of thousands of additional unskilled �guest workers� through a new guest worker program and gives them a direct path to legal permanent residence and citizenship.
4. Admits 1.5 million agricultural �guest workers� with a direct path to legal permanent residence and citizenship.
5. Increases the number of employment-based immigrants admitted into the U.S. each year by over 400%.
6. Gives the Department of Homeland Security discretion to waive fines of employers who hire illegal aliens.
7. Allows states to give in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens.
8. Requires consultation with the Mexican government before constructing any fencing along the border.
9. Creates new foreign student visa programs with a direct path to legal permanent resident status and citizenship.
10. Allows illegal aliens to count work performed illegally towards receiving Social Security benefits.
Senate Immigration Bill Would Allow 100 Million New Legal Immigrants over the Next Twenty Years. Read about it HERE.
Confronting Bush�s False �Comprehensive Immigration Reform�
The Senate has passed an illegal alien amnesty and guest worker bill along the lines of the plan proposed by President Bush. Over the next several months, the White House will be using the full weight of a bully pulpit toward two objectives: Convincing the American public that a massive amnesty and open-ended guest worker program constitutes �comprehensive immigration reform,� and putting pressure on Republican members of the House of Representatives to go along with the president�s program.
Supporters of true immigration reform must be prepared to set the terms of the debate. The following talking points anticipate the arguments that the White House and others will offer in defense of amnesty and preemptively responds to their campaign of disinformation.
True Comprehensive Immigration Reform Starts with Enforcement
� America cannot reform its immigration policies if it does not control them. Controlling our borders and enforcing laws against illegal aliens who are in the country is a prerequisite to all other considerations.
� Amnesty as a trade-off for enforcement has been tried, and it has failed miserably. In the past, millions of people who broke our immigration laws were rewarded with citizenship, while the American public received many worthless promises with regard to enforcement. The amnesty now being proposed will only be a repeat of recent history, only on a much larger scale.
The Choices are Not Mass Amnesty or Mass Deportation
� The White House is offering a very limited and unrealistic set of options for dealing with the estimated 12 million illegal aliens living in the U.S.
� Nobody is seriously suggesting that we deport 12 million people.
� A comprehensive immigration enforcement strategy is the legitimate alternative to amnesty. See FAIR�s plan for Encouraged Reverse Migration (www.fairus.org) This strategy includes strong border enforcement, interior enforcement, a secure work verification document, vigorous prosecution of employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens, elimination of nonessential government services and benefits, greater cooperation between federal and local law enforcement, and deportation when illegal aliens are apprehended.
� The illegal alien population of the U.S. can be dramatically reduced through attrition. Twelve millions people did not enter yesterday and they will not all go home tomorrow, no matter what we do. However, if we eliminate any hope of being rewarded with amnesty, and eliminate all the benefits of living in the U.S. illegally, most will leave on their own.
President Bush is Not Committed to Immigration Enforcement
� The White House has only recently begun talking tough on immigration enforcement because they understand that it is the number one immigration policy priority for the overwhelming majority of the American public.
� To listen to the list of things that President Bush says he wants to do in order to enforce U.S. immigration laws, one almost has to wonder who�s been president for the past five and half years. If President Bush truly believes that immigration enforcement is an important national priority, why has he done none of the things he is now talking while he has been in office?
� It is clear that President Bush thinks he can hold national security and the security of millions of American workers hostage to his amnesty and guest worker agenda.
� Among the things that President Bush now claims to favor, but has not done since 2001 are:
� Commit more manpower and equipment to the border. He has failed to fully utilize funding that Congress has appropriated for border enforcement. His recent announcement that he plans to deploy National Guard troops in a �support role� notwithstanding, there has been no demonstrable commitment to border enforcement.
� Create a secure work authorization document. Electronic verifications are carried out by private enterprise millions of times every day. There is no technological obstacle to having already implemented a secure way for American employers to verify the work eligibility of workers.
� Make the Basic Pilot Program for verifying Social Security numbers universal and mandatory. The system has been proven to work and there is no reason why all employers cannot and should not be required to use it for all new hires.
� Crack down on employers who hire illegal aliens. Worksite enforcement has virtually ceased under Mr. Bush�s presidency. The executive branch has all the authorization it
needs right now to carry out sanctions against employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens.
� End the �catch and release� of illegal aliens who are apprehended. Again, President Bush acts as though this is a policy that some other administration has been carrying out
A �Temporary Worker� Program Would Create Massive New Permanent Immigration
� The reason why we have limits on immigration in the first place is because immigration affects the interests of the American people � especially those Americans who work for a living. Admitting millions of new foreign workers as �temporary workers� solves the problem of illegality, but does nothing to diminish the impact that they have on American workers.
� There is nothing temporary about the workers who would be admitted under the plan put forth by the Senate. After working in this country for four years, nearly all of them will be eligible to become permanent residents.
� The �temporary workers� will be permitted to bring their dependents to this country, making local taxpayers responsible for education, health care and other services.
A Guest Worker Program � �Temporary� or Otherwise � is Unnecessary
� There is no labor shortage in the U.S. Many employers want access to foreign workers because they will work more cheaply and, by increasing the supply of labor, lower the cost of labor generally. Real wages for most American workers have been stagnant for decades and, in blue collar trades, have been declining.
� Americans will do any job that needs to be done, provided they are paid a competitive wage. We should not have a program that undermines our own workers� ability to get ahead.
� According to a 2005 report by Bear Stearns, over the past decade or so some 4 million jobs in the U.S. have moved from the legitimate economy, where they were performed by American workers, to the underground economy where they are being done by illegal aliens at lower wages (and often paid off the books). These are not jobs Americans won�t do; they are jobs Americans used to do and would do again if they were given the opportunity.
What President Bush is Proposing � �Path to Citizenship� � IS Amnesty
� Tens of millions of people who broke our immigration laws will be permitted to stay here and be put on �a pathway to citizenship.� That is AMNESTY!
� President Bush argues that people who qualify for this program will not gain an advantage over immigrants who have played by the rules and will have to �go to the end of the line.� For these millions of people who have broken our laws, the end of the line forms in this country; for the millions of people who are playing by the rules, the end of the line is in their homeland, where they may wait for many years before they can even enter the U.S.
� President Bush argues that people who broke our laws will be �punished� by having to pay a fine. The proposed fine of $2,000 is basically a processing fee, and it is minimal given the enormous benefit of U.S. citizenship. In many cases, the fine amounts to less than the fee illegal aliens paid smugglers to get them into the country in the first place. It is also roughly the same as what it costs the typical legal immigrant to navigate the immigration process.
� President Bush argues that people who broke our laws will be required to pay back taxes. Anyone who works in this country is required to pay taxes anyway. It is not a punishment to pay what you owe! Since there is no clear record of how much illegal aliens earned, we will have to take their word for how much they earned and how much they owe. Most Americans would volunteer to be �punished� in the same way.
� Illegal aliens who have paid into the Social Security system using false or stolen numbers will be eligible to claim benefits based on this contributions. This amounts to an amnesty for document fraud, which is an aggravated felony.
� President Bush argues that in order to remain on the �pathway to citizenship,� illegal aliens will have to work. Getting a job is exactly what led them to break our immigration laws in the first place. Continuing to work is not a punishment; for most of us it is a necessity for survival.
� President Bush argues that illegal aliens will be required to learn English to become U.S. citizens. Since when did learning English become a punishment? Besides, there is nothing new in that: all applicants for U.S. citizenship are tested for English knowledge.
President Bush�s Guest Worker Amnesty Proposal Would be Fraud-Ridden Unfunded Mandate
� It is estimated that about 40 percent of the people who received amnesty in 1986 gained it fraudulently. We can expect similar or even higher rates of fraud if we do it again.
� The Citizenship and Immigration Services agency, which would be charged with carrying out an amnesty, has been criticized by the GAO for incompetence, malfeasance and outright corruption. The director of CIS has said that his agency would not be prepared to handle the additional work load. (In fact, it cannot handle its current work load.)
� Amnesty would endanger national security. There is no possible way to conduct any sort of meaningful background checks on that many millions of people. Terrorists took advantage of the 1986 amnesty to gain a legal foothold in the U.S. Many more would surely take advantage of any new opportunity.
� Amnesty would result in millions of family members who now live outside the U.S. being �reunited� in this country. Nobody knows how many new kids our schools would need to accommodate, how many new uninsured patients would use public health care, or how much it would all cost.
The Bush Amnesty Plan Would Set Off the Most Massive Wave of Immigration in History
� The number of new immigrants who would enter the U.S. over the next 20 years if the Bush amnesty plan were to be enacted ranges from 66 million to 200 million, making perhaps the most radical and irresponsible piece of legislation in the history of our republic.
22 Problems With The Senate’s Illegal Immigration Bill
by John Hawkins
1) The Senate Bill Would Make It Impossible To Deport Most Illegal Aliens For Years
“What about illegal alien protection? The alien and their families who file applications for amnesty �shall not be detained, determined inadmissible, deported, or removed until their applications are finally adjudicated, unless they commit a future act that renders them ineligible with amnesty.� With tens of millions of applications, this amnesty, this provision essentially guarantees an illegal alien years of protection in the United States, even if they do not qualify for the amnesty.” — Jeff Sessions
2) Consultations Between United States And Mexican Authorities At The Federal, State, And Local Levels Are Required Before A Fence Can Be Built
Although this isn’t, as some opponents of the Senate bill have portrayed it, giving Mexico a veto over the fence, what is going to come of it other than delay and condemnations of the project? The whole point of building the fence is to keep people on the Mexican side of the fence from entering our country illegally. The people in Mexico oppose building a fence for exactly the same reasons that we want it built. So, it’s like home owners and burglars getting together to discuss the new locks and alarms that are being put into place. It’s really none of their business and even if it were, they oppose the fence, so what’s to discuss?
3) The National Guard Gimmick
This isn’t technically part of the Senate bill, but it’s being used to help sell it, so it’s fair to include it. “Last year the House Immigration Reform Caucus estimated that at least 36,000 Guardsmen would be needed” to adequately cover the border. George Bush sent only 6,000 Guardsmen, for one year, and then decided not to allow them to actually apprehend anyone. Because of this, Border Patrol chief David Aguilar estimated that the move would allow only, “500 officers working in clerical and other jobs to return to law enforcement.” Setting aside the fact that this is only a PR stunt that will have very little impact, the Guard will only be at the border for a year, which isn’t enough time for a wall to be built or many of the other security measures, such as they are, to take effect.
4) Police Can’t Arrest Illegals Just For Being Illegals
According to Ed Meese, the current Senate bill would actually prevent police officers from arresting anyone based on the fact that they’re in this country illegally. Does that sound like the sort of provision that people who are serious about enforcing our immigration law would add to the bill?
5) The Senate Bill Puts Amnesty Ahead Of Security
“The Senate rejected an amendment by Senator Isakson that would have prohibited the implementation of any guest worker program that grants legal status to those who have entered the country illegally until the Secretary of Homeland Security has certified to the President and to the Congress that the border security provisions in the immigration legislation are fully funded and operational.” — Jim DeMint
This would have been an extremely important provision because it will take a long time to finish the fence on the border and complete the social security verification system. Just to give you an example of the sort of time period we could be looking at, it took the government 9 years, from 1996 to 2005, to complete a 14 mile section of border fence in San Diego. So, would it surprise anyone if it took the government 10-15 years to build a much larger fence?
6) The No-Sharing For National Security Purposes Clause
“The bill forbids the federal government to use any information included in an application for amnesty in national-security or criminal investigations.” — National Review
That means if Osama Bin Laden were to apply for citizenship and mention on the application that he was currently living in New York, it would literally be illegal to tell the FBI. Does that really make any sense?
7) Amnesty For Illegals, Of Any Sort, Just Encourages More People To Break Our Laws
“…(T)he low hurdles to citizenship this bill erects�making illegal immigrants stand at the back of the immigration line while remaining in our country (and pushing others outside of the country further back in line); forcing them to pay only three years of back income taxes after the IRS, rather than they themselves, figures out how much they owe; collecting a nominal fee of $2,000 per immigrant�mock and demean the sacrifices of those who waited years to immigrate through our established legal channels. Worse, like the immigration law passed in 1986, it creates a disincentive to legally apply for citizenship.
Those who broke the law when coming into America, broke the law when getting a job, and broke the law by failing to pay the same taxes as American workers, continue to break the law by residing here illegally. This bill is dangerous precedent and sends a chilling message about our national integrity: America has lost the will to enforce her laws, and her sovereignty is for sale�currently, for around $2,000.” — Rick Santorum
When it comes to enforcing our immigration laws, this country is like the boy who cried “wolf.” If we don’t enforce the laws that are already on the books this time, why should anyone believe us when we say we’ll enforce the laws next time around?
The Tier System
“Illegal aliens who have been in the U.S. for more than 5 years would be given citizenship; those who have been here between 2 and 5 years would receive foreign worker cards with a path to citizenship; those here for fewer than 2 years would allegedly go home. Critically, the bill allows flimsy documentation (such as pay stubs and utility bills) to prove how long illegal aliens have been in the U.S., which virtually begs for massive document fraud.” — Tom Tancredo
Worse yet, according to Matt Spalding from the Center for Immigration studies, you could prove residence in the US for 5 years based on nothing more than an affidavit from a friend.
Even if you set aside the fact that the tier system will be unworkable because of fraud, it’s set up to reward the people who have been breaking our laws for the longest period of time. Is that really a wise decision?
9) Why Should Criminals Be Allowed To Become American Citizens?
“Republican Senators Cornyn (Tex.) and Kyl (Ariz.) had originally proposed an amendment to make criminals ineligible for either amnesty or U.S. citizenship under the proposed new law. That had been overwhelmingly rejected by the Democrats who then asked Cornyn and Kyl to negotiate a compromise with Kennedy. The two sides agreed�the Republicans reluctantly�that a criminal would now be eligible for amnesty and citizenship if he had committed only one felony or three misdemeanors except that he could commit any number of immigration-related felonies or misdemeanors and still pass muster.” — John O�Sullivan
Isn’t that just what we need here in America: more criminals. Here’s an alternate proposal: how about no felons are allowed to become citizens or guest workers?
10) The Small, Tardy Fine Paid By Illegals To Become Legal
“Under the bill, an illegal alien can go from illegal to legal by paying a small fine of $2,000. Often, illegal aliens will pay more than five times this amount to a smuggler to get across the border. Also, the $2000 fine may not have to be paid until year eight, which allows the illegal alien to live, work, and play in the United States for years free from deportation.” — Charles Grassley
11) An Enormous Increase In The Number Of Legal Immigrants Coming To The US
Although the American people have said, in poll after poll after poll that they favor decreasing the number of legal immigrants coming to America, according to the Heritage Foundation, this bill has the potential to more than triple the number of immigrants becoming US citizens over the next 20 years from roughly 19 million to 66 million.
When you look at the high unemployment rates and in the case of France, riots and car burnings, that these sort of massive increases of immigration has led to in Europe, it becomes obvious that this is a particularly foolish idea.
12) Guest Workers Will Be Eligible For Citizenship
This might not be so bad — if the number of citizens added via the guest worker program were subtracted from the number of foreigners added in via legalization each year — and if these workers, who tend to make low incomes, were ineligible for the earned income tax credit, to receive welfare, their relatives couldn’t also come to the US via chain immigration, etc. However, since none of those conditions apply, what we’re doing is making a lot of people citizens who’re likely to be net drains on the system for decades — just so we can get our dishes washed and strawberries picked a little bit cheaper over the next few years.
13) Union Wages For Guest Workers?
The “Davis-Bacon union wage requirements” are being applied to “jobs performed by so-called temporary workers.” On the upside, this may force wages for guest workers to be so high that businesses will be able to hire Americans for less than guest workers.
On the other hand, the Bush administration has been trying to sell a guest worker program as a way to decrease pressure on the border by bringing workers here legally. But, if guest workers are actually very expensive, perhaps even more expensive than American workers, there will still be a powerful incentive to hire illegal aliens. In other words, this will likely make any law enforcement related benefits of the guest worker program negligible.
14) Blue Card Illegals — Some Of America’s Most Privileged Workers
“Under the AgJOBS component of the substitute, illegal alien agricultural workers who have worked 150 �workdays� in agriculture over the last 2 years will receive a �blue card,� allowing them to live and work permanently in the U.S. However, because current law defines an agricultural �workday� as 1 hour of work per day�the bill language restates that definition on page 397�an alien who has worked for as little as 150 hours�there are 168 hours in a week�in agriculture over the last 2 years will qualify for a blue card.
Blue card aliens can only be fired for just cause, unlike an American citizen worker who is likely under an employment at will agreement with the agricultural employer.
No alien granted blue card status may be terminated from employment by any employer during the period of blue card status except for just cause.
Because blue card aliens are not limited to working in agriculture, this employment requirement will follow the alien at their second and third jobs as well. The bill goes as far as setting up an arbitration process for blue card aliens who allege they have been terminated without just cause. Furthermore, the bill requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to pay the fee and expenses of the arbitrator. American citizens do not have a right to this arbitration process. Why are we setting up an arbitration process for blue card aliens paid for by the American taxpayer?
Regarding free legal counsel, the AgJOBS amendment goes further than paying for arbitrators, it also provides free legal counsel to illegal aliens who want to receive this amnesty. The AgJOBS amendment specifically states that recipients of �funds under the Legal Services Corporation Act� shall not be prevented �from providing legal assistance directly related to an application for adjustment of status under this section.� Interestingly, page 414 of the bill requires the alien to have an attorney file the application for him. Not only will AgJOBS give amnesty to 1.5 million illegal aliens, it would have the American taxpayer pay the legal bills of those illegal aliens. This is unbelievable and unacceptable. We should not be rewarding illegal aliens who break our laws with free legal counsel and a direct path to citizenship.” — Jeff Sessions
15) Cheaper College For Illegals Than Americans?
“The DREAM Act would… allow illegal alien college and university students to be eligible for in-state tuition without affording out-of-state citizen students the same opportunity. Thus, the University of Alabama could offer in-state tuition to illegal alien students while requiring citizens residing in Mississippi to pay the much higher out-of-state tuition rates.
Allowing all illegal aliens enrolled in college to receive in-state tuition rates means that while American citizens from 49 other states have to pay out-of-state tuition rates to send their kids to [*S5032] UVA, people who have illegally immigrated to this country might not. Out-of-state tuition rates range from 2 to 3 1?2 times the in-state resident tuition rate.” — Jeff Sessions
16) Weak Assimilation/English Requirements
“The Senate approved Senator Inhofe�s amendment to make English the national language and require those seeking citizenship to demonstrate English proficiency and understanding of U.S. History. However, a far weaker amendment by Senator Salazar gutted the Inhofe amendment, leaving it in doubt, and also giving immigrants the right to demand the federal government communicate with them in any language they choose.” — Jim DeMint
17) Favoring Ditch Diggers Over Scientists
“Developed nations have reformed their immigration policies to prioritize high-skilled immigration over large scale low-skilled and extended family chain migration. This bill prioritizes low-skilled and chain migration over skill-based immigration, an approach we should reject.” — Jeff Sessions
If we are going to dramatically increase the number of people being allowed to emigrate to the US, which, by the way, is probably a bad idea, why in the world would we want to try to bring in more ditch diggers and fruit pickers when we could be selecting scientists, engineers, and programmers instead?
18) Employers Of Illegals Get An Amnesty On Taxes They Owe
The bill allows, “unscrupulous employers to pay no back taxes…for hiring illegal aliens.” Why should employers of illegal aliens, who’ve already benefitted by hiring cheap, illegal labor, be allowed to forego paying taxes that they legitimately owe?
19) The Illegal Alien Tax Amnesty
“Under the bill, illegal aliens get an option to only have to pay three of their last five years in back taxes. Law-abiding American citizens do not have the option to pay some of their taxes. The bill would treat lawbreakers better than the American people. The bill also makes the IRS prove that illegal aliens have paid their back taxes. It will be impossible for the IRS to truly enforce this because they cannot audit every single person in this country.” — Charles Grassley
20) Earned Income Tax Credits For Illegals
“Senator Jeff Sessions, who seems to be one of only a few senators paying attention to the results of this giveaway bill, says that the Congressional Budget Office estimates that if S.2611 passes, the government would be required to pay $29.4 billion in refundable tax credits over the first ten years. He says that this expenditure, which includes the EITC and child tax credits, represents the biggest outlay in the bill.” — Barbara Anderson
Anyone who can’t come to the US and make it on their own without getting welfare or receiving an earned income tax credit is a detriment to this country, not an asset. If a new immigrant to the US can’t get by without an earned income tax credit, then we’d be better off without them.
21) The Bill Is A Budget Buster
Because the illegals who are here currently and will be allowed to become citizens under the Senate bill will be largely uneducated, low income workers who do manual labor, they’ll be an enormous drain on the taxpayers once they become citizens. From Senator Jeff Sessions:
“According to the Congressional Budget Office, the bill will increase direct spending by $54 billion and discretionary spending by $64 billion in just the first 10 years. The Heritage Foundation projects the bill will increase long-term federal spending by at least $50 billion a year. These are staggering numbers that indicate that this bill might have costs as great as half a trillion dollars in any future 10-year period. This bill is a huge, monumental budget buster.”
22) Social Security For Illegals
Unfortunately, the Senate has now voted to give “undocumented workers” credit for the money that they contributed to Social Security while they were here illegally. That’s a big mistake and not just because it rewards illegals for breaking our laws or because we’re going to be taking money that would otherwise be going to Americans and giving it to illegals.
Since these illegals have used fake numbers, maybe even multiple fake numbers, and even real numbers that belong to other people, it’s going to be incredibly difficult to untangle the mess and figure how much they’ve really contributed, if anything, to Social Security.
This move, like a lot of others the Senate has made while working on this amnesty bill, puts the welfare of illegal immigrants above that of the American people.
May 25, 2006
Democrats� Amnesty Bill “Dead on Arrival” in Conference
(Washington, DC) – Democrats and a handful of Republican turncoats in the U.S. Senate today voted to sell out the American people to vested and foreign interests with passage of a bill granting not only amnesty, but preferential treatment of illegal aliens over American citizens, according to U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood (R-GA). 32 of 55 Republican Senators, including Georgia�s Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, stood firm against corruption, but 38 of 42 Democrats, 23 Republicans, and the Senate�s lone independent voted to approve defacto across-the-board amnesty for illegal aliens. The final vote count was 62-36, with two Democrats not voting.
“This bill constitutes treachery against U.S. sovereignty,” says Norwood. “This allows every illegal alien in America to use the fraudulent document industry they have created in the criminal back alleys of our country to claim they have been here 5 years and can now stay forever. They have granted blanket amnesty for citizens of foreign nations against tax fraud, Social Security fraud, Medicare fraud, identity fraud, and bank fraud – all crimes for which there is no forgiveness or mercy for citizens of the United States.”
Norwood says the Senate bill opens the door for a flood of as many as 100 million new legal immigrants over the next 20 years, swamping America�s public schools, welfare and health care systems, destroying Social Security and Medicare, and driving the nation into bankruptcy.
“The physical results of this bill, while terrible, do not equal the moral devastation this sell-out would produce,” says Norwood. “There is one overpowering message in this bill – that the law no longer deserves respect in America. If enough people don�t like and defy any law, they will eventually get away with it, while the law-abiding citizens pay the price. That is not a message we need to be sending out if we want to maintain a free nation. If we don�t stop this outrage in the House, we would be allowing 12 million illegal aliens to spit in the face of democracy and the rule of law.”
Norwood says the Senate bill is dead-on-arrival in the House, and that the first action of the House-Senate Conference Committee should be to immediately reject all Senate language on dealing with illegal aliens already in the country, and all provisions for future immigration or guest worker programs.
“Once we throw out these poison pill provisions, we can get to work straightening out this immigration mess caused by Congress and three Administrations refusing to enforce the law” says Norwood. “First we need to secure our border against future criminals, then we can look at a real guest worker program that provides incentives for those here illegally to come out of the shadows, become an honest guest worker for a couple years, then go home and get in line to come back legally – under our rules – if they desire. Those who comply should be allowed to do so without penalty or fine, but with no amnesty for past criminal behavior or fraud. Those who don�t become felons.”
Norwood says America is facing a true invasion, and needs to respond with manly vigor instead of the cowardice shown by the Senate. “We need at least 36,000 troops on our southern border right now, and we need to rethink NAFTA and our current diplomatic relations with Mexico. There is no purpose in having 47 Mexican consulates in our country other than to encourage illegal immigration and subvert the laws of the United States.”
The ’shamnesty’ legislation
By Dana Rohrabacher
May 25, 2006
Right now, the Senate is desperately trying to convince the American people that their immigration bill is something else � anything else � than what it is: a massive amnesty for all 15 million to 20 million illegal aliens without any meaningful enforcement provisions. This same open-borders crowd that has betrayed the American middle class for years is hoping to fool us again.
This “shamnesty” bill spells out the level of contempt the Senate has for middle-class Americans. This “comprehensive” bill includes:
� In-state tuition for illegal aliens. Your kid has to pay full freight if they cross state lines, but the illegal alien who broke into the country doesn’t.
� All temporary guest workers have to be paid the prevailing wage. American citizens do not have to be paid prevailing wage.
� All agricultural guest workers under this bill cannot be fired by their employers except for what the bill calls “just cause.” However, American agricultural workers can be fired for any reason.
� Illegal aliens are made eligible for Social Security. Not only will they receive retirement benefits, but their children will receive survivor benefits should the parents pass away. This is at a time when we are trying to keep Social Security solvent for the next generation.
� Expands the visa lottery program, which is itself a questionable way to make visa distribution decisions.
� Employers of illegal aliens get amnesty, too. Employers would be exempt from civil and criminal tax and criminal liability under immigration law. God forbid we hold employers accountable for helping illegal aliens break the law and being the magnet that has drawn them here for years.
� Taxpayer dollars to radical immigrant-rights groups so they can help illegal aliens adjust their status. Millions of your tax dollars will go to the same groups that organized those rallies where people who came here illegally waved foreign flags and thumbed their noses at our laws.
The Senate assures us we get “tough” border protections out of this bill, right? Wrong. The Basic Pilot Verification Program, which would force employers to check to see that a person has the right to work in America was gutted, the fencing provisions were gutted and the bill expands chain migration. Sen. Jeff Sessions did offer and pass an amendment to provide 370 miles of border fencing � half of what the House had offered. Sens. Sessions, David Vitter, Jon Kyl and John Cornyn have been heroic in attempting to salvage this bill � but gluing teeth and fur onto a duck doesn’t turn it into a bear.
The definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. We have had several amnesties since the big amnesty in 1986. The results have been an exponential increase in illegal immigration, burdening the taxpayer, crowding the schools, closing emergency rooms and providing a third of the prisoners in the federal prison system. The Senate bill, which would change the status of 15 million to 20 million from illegal to legal, is just “deja vu all over again.”
I know why Teddy Kennedy and his ilk want a bill that would bring in an estimated 60 million to 100 million people over the next 20 years: It is a ready source of new Democratic voters. Unskilled immigrants depend more on government services than they pay in, making them a natural Democrat constituency. On the other side of the equation, Republicans are beholden to the big-business, country club lobby. Their need for cheap labor trumps the need for strong enforcement and border control.
Middle-class Americans will be bowed and broken under this burden being piled on their shoulders. Americans need to hold their elected representatives accountable on this vote. If your representative in the House or Senate is not on your side, kick them out of office.
Dana Rohrabacher, California Republican, is chairman of the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee of the House Committee on International Relations.
By granting Amnesty to illegal alien drug smugglers, murderers, and terrorists NOW in the U.S. and welcoming millions MORE into our communities as Guest Workers, these Senators have clearly illustrated they are willing to sacrifice the very lives of innocent Americans in exchange for “cheap labor” campaign contributions and the illegal alien vote to stay in power. They MUST be voted out of office!
1. Call at least one of them EVERY DAY toll-free
(877) 762-8762 or (866) 340-9281.
o Demand that unless they publicly revoke their “YEA” vote on this life-threatening bill AND support only HR4437 (Enforcement Only bill), or they’ve lost YOUR vote, YOUR $ (bucks) and YOU are working to insure they’re “unemployed”.
Remember: “When they feel the heat, they see the light”!
o Concentrate on those up for re-election in 2006
(noted by the *).
2. Call those (same toll-free #’s) who voted “NAY” , laud them for their courage and reassure them of YOUR support.
3. Ask family, friends, co-workers, etc. to do the same!
4. As asked, keep this list AND “Remember in November”!
SIXTY-TWO (62) SENATORS SELLOUT THE AMERICAN WORKER
By a vote of 62-36 the senate showed its contempt for American workers by forcing them to compete for jobs with 10-20 million illegal aliens the senate wants to reward with amnesty.
Keep in mind that most senators are millionaires; some, many times over. Other than giving lip service, these 62 senators care more about cheap labor and nannies for the rich than they do for American workers.
Having to compete for jobs with 10-20 million amnestied illegal aliens is something no senator will be faced with but millions of African- Americans, legal immigrants and American workers will.
The 62 senators who voted Yes on S. 2611 (Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006) are in the pocket of special interests or are closet subversives. By placing their interests ahead of the interests of voters who want to secure our borders first, they have shown they are unfit for elected office. Turning as many senators, up for re-election in 2006, as possible who voted for this abomination out of office is a worthy goal.
In one fell swoop, senators could dry up the illegal alien job market if they so desired. One plan that many senators are aware of is to reward citizens who report employers who hire illegal aliens. Giving a percentage of a large fine to the citizen who reports the employer would encourage participation. The IRS has a similar program that allows citizens to receive a reward for reporting tax cheats.
Below is a list of the 38 Democrat and 1 Independent who sold out the American worker:
* Fourteen (14) up for re-election in 2006
Below is a list of the 23 Republicans who sold out the American worker:
Robert Bennett (R-UT)
Sam Brownback (R-KS)
*Lincoln Chafee (R-RI)
Norm Coleman (R-MN)
Susan Collins (R-ME)
Larry Craig (R-ID)
*Mike DeWine (R-OH)
Pete Domenici (R-NM)
*Bill Frist (R-TN)
Lindsay Graham (R-SC)
Judd Gregg (R-NH)
Chuck Hagel (R-NE)
*Richard Lugar (R-IN)
Mel Martinez (R-FL)
John McCain (R-AZ)
Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Gordon Smith (R-OR)
*Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
Arlen Specter (R-PA)
Ted Stevens (R-AK)
George Voinovich (R-OH)
John Warner (R-VA)
* Five (5) up for re-election in 2006
Print this list and place it on your refrigerator (or any accessible location) to serve as a reminder not to vote for any senator who sold out the American worker.