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Immigration - Three Modest Proposals

Wednesday, 06 June 2007 12:00 AM

"This isn't the bill I would have written," said Arizona Senator John McCain about the "comprehensive" immigration reform bill now being rammed, without extensive debate or much opportunity to amend, through a Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate.

But Senator McCain, who supports the bill, at last weekend's GOP presidential candidate debate challenged his fellow Republicans to come up with something better.

Okay, Senator, here are a few modest Ponte Proposals to make immigration reform more palatable to American citizens.

1. Open the debate to make such legislation truly "comprehensive."

You and President George W. Bush see immigration as one puzzle piece of a much larger picture that's been concealed – the Bush plan to integrate the United States into a European Union-style political and economic unification of the Western Hemisphere.

Have the honesty, Senator McCain, to bring this plan before the American people as legislation, with the opening of our borders to a flood of cheap labor as only one aspect of your envisioned change in our laws. Let's see which Republicans and Democrats vote for this whole plan to erase American sovereignty.

Frankly, it feeds public distrust, disgust and conspiracy theories when we learn that President Bush has been implementing plans for giant trade superhighways between the Mexican and American heartlands, and doing this by executive power without public discussion or debate.

The apparent aim of Mr. Bush and his allies like yourself is to eliminate the border between the U.S. and Mexico, invade our country with foreign voters, and then present our people with a fait accompli that no future president can muster the political will to reverse.

No wonder Mr. Bush refuses to build the promised border fence that might create a tiny impediment to his larger objective.

Perhaps one out of five of the world's Mexican citizens already lives in the United States.

According to the Center for Immigration Studies 51 percent of all Mexican immigrant households – more than half – have their hands in American taxpayer pockets by using at least one major welfare program. They also drain public resources by using our public schools, hospital emergency rooms, and other services.

2. Extend your proposed "tax amnesty," Senator McCain, to all American citizens.

Your McCain-Kennedy immigration reform legislation removes the "illegal" status from illegal aliens, allowing them to stay in the United States indefinitely. It is by any rational definition an amnesty.

But the McCain Amnesty also covers taxes and gives these illegals who broke our immigration laws a five year exemption from liability for taxes they should have paid on money they earned here by working illegally.

A Ponte Proposal: in exchange for the $5,000 penalty your legislation purportedly would ask illegals to pay if, and only if, they seek U.S. citizenship, extend this tax exemption to EVERY current U.S. citizen.

It could work like this. Every John and Jane Doe would be given a one-time opportunity to pay a $5,000 fine, in exchange for which they would receive a refund of every penny in taxes they paid during any five tax years of their choosing ... presumably five years when they paid the highest taxes of their lives.

The "average family" in America pays approximately $5,405 a year. Five such years add up to $27,025, minus a $5,000 fine, would have our government cutting a tax-exempt check for $22,025 for each American family.

An average bribe this big should be enough to win support from the 53 percent of Americans who pay federal income taxes – disproportionately Republicans – even for a bill as anti-American as yours, Senator McCain.

Democrats win elections by promising far smaller payoffs (taxed at government gunpoint from honest, law-abiding Americans) of welfare goodies for Democratic voters.

If you do not extend this tax amnesty to the rest of, you will yet again be granting illegal aliens a legal status not equal but SUPERIOR to American citizens. How can you give them an exemption from taxes you deny to us?

3. Better yet, Senator McCain, add a provision to your legislation specifying that, for the same reasons you argue we cannot enforce our immigration laws ("We can't deport 12 million illegals!"), the U.S. will now cease all attempts to enforce our tax laws.

It is just too difficult, you should announce today, to collect all the taxes the government is owed – so we shall stop trying.

It's time for Tax Amnesty for everybody, especially those scofflaws who have evaded taxes up until now the way that so many illegal aliens have done by working in the black market economy!

But oddly enough, Senator McCain, the same President Bush who shares your belief that our immigration laws cannot be enforced has redoubled government efforts to squeeze every possible penny out of law-abiding, working American citizens.

A "Big Government Conservative," Mr. Bush has approved use of privateers to go after those who owe under our tax laws.

Since Mr. Bush's election in 2000, reported The New York Times last April 16, the Internal Revenue Service has "nearly tripled audits of tax returns filed by people making $25,000 to $100,000."

Audits by the Bush IRS have increased more on these middle class taxpayers than on those earning more, but audits have been stepped up against all these groups of honest citizens.

But the Bush IRS, whose computer records could easily identify and locate millions of illegal aliens who are using invented or stolen Social Security numbers, has refused to share that information with other government agencies or organizations trying to apprehend such illegals.

In other words, the IRS is too busy squeezing American citizens for more money – needed to provide welfare benefits to illegal aliens – to help law enforcement agencies apprehend and deport these illegals.

These are our tax dollars, that could have been spent for the benefit of our own children.

And the Bush Administration's response to conservatives who question his refusal to enforce our immigration laws is to call those who elected him racists.

Tell us, Senator, would a President John McCain continue Mr. Bush's behavior and policies?

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