Haste Makes Waste in Immigration Reform

April 7, 2013


A Backgrounder on Immigration (#2786) published by The Heritage Foundation on March 27 by David S. Addington, Senior Vice President for Legal and Judicial Policy at the Heritage Foundation, titled, “Encouraging Lawful Immigration and Discouraging Unlawful Immigration,” presents in-depth and comprehensive information on what has become a divisive topic with far-reaching implications.   Although quite lengthy, it is well worth a read.   

The Heritage Backgrounder begins with this admonition to legislators:

America recognizes the importance of lawful immigration. Such immigration provides economic and cultural benefits both to the United States and to the immigrants. In contrast, unlawful immigration challenges America’s ability to protect its borders and preserve its sovereignty. Congress should search for appropriate ways to encourage lawful immigration and prevent unlawful immigration, through careful step-by-step actions to address the wide variety of immigration issues, rather than through one-size-fits-all comprehensive legislation. Congress should not adopt failed policies of the past, such as an amnesty, which discourages respect for the law, treats law-breakers better than law-followers, and encourages future unlawful immigration. When Congress implements step-by-step the proper policies, American will benefit greatly from the resulting lawful immigration.





 From its inception, the United States of America has recognized the vital importance of lawful immigration to the nation. Such immigration brings important economic and cultural benefits both to the United States and to the immigrants. Americans rightly incorporate into their lives and celebrate the values of America, including individual freedom, limited government, and free enterprise, and beckon others to join us. Lawful immigration greatly benefits both America and the lawful immigrants, while unlawful immigration presents challenges to America’s ability to protect its borders and preserve its sovereignty.   

Republicans moderates and Inside the Beltway types (including Republican Senate “Gang of Eight” members John McCain, Arizona; Lindsey Graham, S.C. and Jeff Flake, Arizona) view comprehensive immigration reform as a way to capture the rapidly growing demographic of Hispanic voters.  But is this really so?  Are Latinos “natural Republicans”?  According to John Hayward, Senior Writer at Human Events, polls reveal the opposition.  The two Republican strikeouts with Hispanics being: 1) They favor President Obama’s health care reforms by a 2-to-1 margin, and 2)They trust the federal government to do the right thing always or most of the time.

In 2007 Heritage Robert Rector performed a cost-analysis of the immigration reform bill proposed at that time.  Judging the 2007 to be virtually identical to the present Senate and House proposals, Rector recently had this to say, “Granting amnesty or legal status to illegals will generate costs in Medicare and Social Security alone of $2.5 trillion above any taxes paid in.”

It was during the recent two-week Easter recess that a group of big-government special interests and Senate and House congressional staffers remained behind to work out agreements to overcome the last remaining hurdles to a comprehensive overhaul of our nation’s immigration system.  The term “amnesty” was avoided for obvious reasons.  Legislators also avoided talking about the cost of the bills.

The results, according to reports, is that the proposal drafted by the House mirrors the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” plan.  As of now the two separate bipartisan amnesty first bills are in the pipeline to be unveiled by lawmakers possibly during the week of April 8th.

Both amnesty proposals are foolish and reckless in that they would legalize millions of illegal immigrants at a time when this nation is in a budget deficit crisis and plagued by high unemployment. Legalization would provide a pathway to massive new welfare expenditures, job competition, chain migration and even more illegal immigration.

The consequences down the road, should an amnesty agreement be reached that can pass both the House and the Senate for signing by the  President, sets up the following scenarios:

1.  Trillions of dollars in extra government spending on social services.

2.  Immediately put millions of illegal aliens in front of the employment line to hold or take U.S. jobs while 20 million Americans who want a full-time job can’t find one.

3.  Allows amnestied aliens to begin endless chains of relatives to come and add further competition for jobs and government resources.

4.  Immediately legalizes 11 million illegal aliens without requiring triggers that fully implement enforcement first.  The previous seven amnesties between 1986 and 2000 had no enforcement triggers and served only to entice 11 million new illegal immigrants who now demand their own amnesty.

Over Easter weekend the inside the Beltway “Gang of Eight” were ecstatic over an agreed framework reached between the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO to bring tens of thousands of low-skilled workers into the country as part of a guest worker system. This prompted Republican Senator Lindsey Graham to report on CNN’s “State of the Union” that the Gang of Eight had reached a deal on immigration reform.
Even while the Gang of Eight were insisting that border security would come before a path to citizenship for millions of illegals, Border Patrol agents were seeing illegal border crossing double and even triple and security becoming less secure over reports that a deal was in the works and  that staffing could be cut at the border because of the sequester.

This is contrary to the Obama administration’s claim that the border has never been more secure.  High-ranking Border Patrol officials in Texas are considering the need for a “tent” city because of a surge of illegal immigrants in the Rio Grande Vally.  In 2012 there was a 500% surge of activity from August to December.  Those illegals who apprehended have expressed less fear of being held pending their appearance and also think establishing a paper trail of their presence in the U.S. will help when the debate in Washington ends.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) discovered for himself when observing on April 2nd what was happening at the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona such as no fence preventing illegal aliens from entering the U.S., just a nice walkway and stairs to make the trip easier!

Being overlooked in the immigration reform debate are the cartels and criminals already here in the U.S. conducting business along with other criminal elements and criminal individuals.  The drug cartels, the lieutenants, and the troops and soldiers are all within the interior of the U.S., mixed among those illegals who view this nation as a land of opportunity.

It came as no surprise that on April 3 spokesman Jay Carney indicated that Obama believes the expected bipartisan immigration reform proposal should not receive extended scrutiny by lawmakers in the committee because “The basic outlines of what has been under consideration and is being worked on by the Gang of Eight and has been proposed by the President reflects legislation that was considered in Congress in 2006 and 2007.”

This makes the White House in sync with the action proposed by Senate Judiciary Chairman Pat Leahy, D-VT, with one small concession.  Senator Leahy did agree to schedule one hearing, but this is a far cry from the elaborate committee process that Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and other Republicans initially suggested needed to take place — a review of the effect of the immigration bill on issues such as “border security, economic ramifications of legalizing so many low-skill workers, and the question of welfare benefits.”

Meanwhile Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla) remains a wayward member of the Gang of Eight ever since the hyped-up, high-five Easter weekend of the Gang.  Instead Rubio was talking about the need to let the other 92 Senators find out what was in the bill and study whether there might be better ways to reform our immigration system.  Rubio has also called for “regular order” which would entail multiple hearing on the bill (even TV cameras) to provide senators with greater latitude to offer amendments to the bill.

In all likelihood, the now Gang of Seven will not embrace Senator Rubio’s attempt to slow down the fast-track process that pro-amnesty supporters have in mind to rush the still secret bill through the Senate Judiciary Committee, thus getting a vote on the Senate floor with little debate and amending.  Summarily. the public will be side-tracked as the the bill is hurried through the legislative process before most elected officials even know what is in the thick bill.   Does all this sound familiar?   It should.  Remember Obamacare!

Support Join Senator Marco Rubio by calling your senators and demanding a less hasty and more open and transparent immigration reform debate.

Published at Illinois Review on Saturday, April 6.

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