Can House Fix Senate Immigration Bill?

Thursday, 22 Aug 2013 08:46 PM

By James Walsh

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The immigration legislation currently moving through the United States Congress could end up ranking with the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor as “a day that will live in infamy”–– as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared in December 1941.

A legislative sellout of U.S. citizenship began earlier this summer when the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate passed the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (also known as the Gang of Eight immigration bill).

By voting for monetary entitlements for immigrants (legal and illegal), the Senate yielded to radical immigrant special interest groups, labor unions, and other groups who profit from unskilled, uneducated workers.

The Senate bill is under review by the U.S. House of Representatives, which is drafting its own immigration bill. Polls show that 63 to 85 percent of Americans want border control, no amnesty, and deportation of illegal-alien criminals, gang members, and terrorists.

While endorsing humane treatment for all, Americans want treatment tempered by the current economic condition of the United States, where high unemployment rates persist. To address the problem of undocumented alien workers, many Americans favor a 21st century guest-worker program.

Congress is supposed to be concerned with the well-being of the nation. The leftist secular ideology of many Democrats in the U.S. Senate, however, motivated the recent Senate vote for what reads like an open-borders citizenship-giveaway immigration bill. The Democrats along with those Republican senators who voted for the bill bought into the liberal hype that Hispanics would vote against anyone not supporting the open-borders bill.

The result is a bill that represents subservience to open-borders advocates.

Among those championing open-borders is George Soros, a billionaire naturalized U.S. citizen. Soros is the financial and philosophical leader of the oligarchic One-World philosophy espoused by Citizens for Global Solutions.

This group wants the United States to pay global taxes to achieve redistribution of U.S. wealth — except that of the oligarchy of course. Soros and other members buy the support of radical anarchists, academicians, and pliant Democrat Members of Congress and their staffers.

The Gang of Eight Senate immigration bill (also known as the president’s “Open-Borders” bill), if passed by the U.S. House, would mean a win for the special interests, prime among them the moneyed globalists.

Prior immigration legislation includes that masterminded by the late Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts. He was floor leader for The Immigration & Naturalization Service Act of 1965 (INSA) and for the Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986 (IRCA, also known as the “Amnesty Act”).

Both INSA and IRCA were enacted into law with mixed results. Kennedy then joined forces with John McCain as movers of the 2007 immigration legislation, which failed to pass Congress.

The often-quoted assurances of Sen. Kennedy in support of the 1965 INSA legislation include the following:

First, our cities will not be flooded with a million immigrants annually. Under the proposed bill, the present level of immigration remains substantially the same. Secondly, the ethnic mix of this country will not be upset. It will not relax the standards of admission. It will not cause American workers to lose their jobs.

Sen. Kennedy underestimated the number of immigrants, legal and illegal, coming into the United States; the inability of employer sanctions and amnesty to stop illegal immigration; the relaxing of admission standards; the effect on American workers; and the financial burden placed on U.S. taxpayers by the educational, health, social, and welfare services provided to illegal aliens.

What are the projections for the current Senate immigration bill? To grant “legalization” to the estimated 11 million illegal aliens currently in the United States could cost taxpayers $2.5 trillion over the next two decades.

Also the Senate bill does not address immigrant-related environmental degradation (air, water, and land pollution); public health and medical costs; and funding costs for new Border Patrol agents.

Costs will include additional bureaucracy to implement the Senate bill’s programs, such as new visa categories, employer sanctions, validation of previous work history, taxes paid, time living in the United States, or criminal and background checks for millions of applicants. The bill leaves such matters to political appointees and bureaucrats to rule-make and regulate.

Also if immigrant advocates get their way, there will be costs for services to extend families of “legalized” aliens under the guise of “family unification.” Such costs could double the projected cost of the bill.

Meanwhile, illegal aliens residing in North Carolina are demanding in-state college tuition. In Illinois, illegal aliens are demanding free organ transplants, even though Northwestern Memorial Hospital has a policy limiting transplants to U.S. citizens.

The Senate immigration bill, characterized by open-borders deconstructionism, is now being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives. Will the House have the courage to fix the flaws in the Senate bill? Or, as Edmund Burke, the Irish Statesman, said, “Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government.”

James H. Walsh was associate general counsel with the U.S. Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service from 1983 to 1994. Read more reports from James Walsh — Click Here Now.

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