Capital Hill Watch
Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (S.1348) [Amnesty for Illegal aliens!]
The US Senate on Monday, May 21, 2007, will convene at 1:00 p.m. and resume consideration of the motion to proceed to the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (S.1348) [To view the Full Text of the legislation visit: Full Text of Legislation].
Although the full details of the legislation are still unknown because the proposed legislation was negotiated behind close doors, initial reports indicate that the immigration deal reached would have a multi-step process to citizenship available to almost 12 million illegal aliens. And the final details of the measure will be determined through the legislative process. However, some of the details of the tentative deal released to the media so far indicated that illegal alien workers that entered the country illegally prior to January 1, 2007, would be offered a temporary-residency permit while they await a new "Z Visa" that would allow them to live and work lawfully here. Each Z Visa itself would be renewable indefinitely, as long as the holder passes a criminal background check, remains fully employed and pays a $5,000 fine, plus a paperwork-processing fee. However the head of an illegal-alien household would have eight years to return to his home country to apply for permanent legal residence for members of the household. Only after the federal government implements tough new border controls and a crackdown on employers that hire illegal immigrants would these provisions come into action which is estimated to take 18 months. Also, the measure would require for 8,000 new Border Patrol agents, 370 miles of additional border fencing and an effective, electronic employee-verification system for the workplace. And, a temporary guest-worker program is contained in the measure.
However, Americans should consider this legislation as just rhetoric. What it does is create the largest transfer of wealth in the history of this nation as illegal aliens are given citizenship, the rule of law is diminished, and the American taxpayer is forced to pay the bill for the politicians' folly who hope to increase their voter base in an attempt to expand their socialist agenda for America.
In 2006, the Secure Fence Act, providing for the construction of a 700-mile fence at the southern border, handily passed Congress. Currently, for building the border fence $1 billion is on hand at the Department of Homeland Security yet only two miles has been built so far. On the other hand, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (S.1348) provides for only 370 miles of additional border fencing.
The borders of the United States (US) first should be secured and a reliable system of workplace enforcement that illegal aliens are not employed by employers established. The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986 promised this when 2.7 million illegal aliens were legalized by this amnesty program. However, since the government has not enforced this law, it has resulted in as many as 20 million illegal aliens in the US according to some reports. And the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (S.1348) will only result in even more illegal aliens coming to this nation.
The bill would require hiring 8,000 new Border Patrol agents. However, previous efforts toward border security has already fallen short of its goals. President Bush proposed a new guest-worker and amnesty plan for illegal aliens in January 2004. In June 2006, to gain support for his plan he announced a series of ideas to show that he was serious about border security. However, at least to 2010 under the President's plan border security cannot even come close to reality. Three parts constituted President Bush's 2006 plan:
- Until the Border Patrol could recruit 6,000 additional agents, which was estimated to take three years, the President announced he was sending 6,000 National Guard troops to the southwest border.
- By the end of his term he promised to add 6,000 new agents to double the size of the Border Patrol.
- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced a multibillion-dollar project to build a high-tech "virtual fence" along the entire 1,900 miles of the southwest border.
The President promised that by the end of 2008 there would be 18,000 Border Patrol agents but this will not happen. To replace the ones who are leaving the Border Patrol, the agency can hardly recruit and train new agents fast enough. Furthermore, the rapid increase in Border Patrol manpower is what all of these initiatives depend on. But the Senate measure indicates that only after the federal government implements tough new border controls (hiring 8,000 new Border Patrol agents) and a crackdown on employers that hire illegal immigrants, would these provisions come in force which is estimated to take 18 months.
Temporary Guest Worker Program
The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (S.1348) would establish a temporary guest-worker program for 400,000 migrants annually. This will create a second-class work force and depress wages in America. Also, the children born to these workers would be automatic American citizens and become part of this nation's welfare system.
Initial reports indicate that since the process was long and did not offer hope of bringing their families, many illegal aliens said they had little incentive to apply for residency. In fact one report indicated that an illegal alien said if he would get deported that he would just cross the border again because it was no problem. Also, it was reported that the $5,000 fine (selling citizenship) was asking too much of the poor illegal aliens and they would not be willing to pay such a fee driving them deeper into the shadows.
What is totally being ignored and not disclosed to the American people is the cost of granting illegal aliens amnesty. Currently in the US, the rapid influx of low-skill immigrants will increase poverty for generations to come. One in three does not have a high school education among current immigrants. Low-skilled workers comprise nearly two-thirds of illegal aliens. On US taxpayers, poorly educated immigrants impose large costs. Greatly outweighing the cost of the government benefits they consume is any taxes they pay. Over the course of their life the National Academy of Science estimated that the average immigrate without a high school degree imposes a net cost of nearly $100,000 on US taxpayers. Excluding the cost of educating the immigrant's children, this cost is in excess of any taxes paid. Annually, the typical illegal-alien household receives $19,588 more in benefits than it pays in taxes. When an illegal alien reaches retirement these costs would increase dramatically. The net retirement costs (benefits minus taxes) could be over $2.5 trillion if all current illegal aliens were granted amnesty.
The current Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is a bureaucratic paperwork nightmare and will become plagued with even more problems if the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (S.1348) were to be enacted. The US has the number one economy in the world and if it wants to maintain this status it must attract technology-orientated high skilled workers. It must develop an immigration policy that limits low-skill immigration and encourages high-skill immigration. The citizenship of the US should not be up for sale, and given the current track record of the government the $5,000 fine illegal aliens would be required to pay would eventually be waived. Furthermore, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (S.1348) grants amnesty to illegal aliens and would increase future low-skill immigration that represents the largest expansion in three decades of the welfare state. This measure would dramatically increase the burden on the American taxpayer as it would increase the poverty level in this nation in the short and long term that eventually would plunge America into a third world nation.
What Can You Do?
1. Urge your senators to NOT SUPPORT cloture ([60 votes required] A parliamentary procedure by which debate is ended and an immediate vote is taken on the matter under discussion) because more time is needed so senators and the American people can learn exactly what is contained in the bill.
2. Next once the measure comes to a full vote in the Senate urge your senators to NOT SUPPORT the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (S.1348).
Note: This is such a dire situation for America that one is encouraged to contact at least 10 individuals with this information and encourage them to do the same.
Capitol Hill Switchboard Numbers: 202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121 (Those numbers will direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your senator's office.)
To go to your senators' websites, find their E-mail or to find out who your senators are... http://www.senate.gov/contacting/index_by_state.cfm
The Honorable (full name)
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator (last name):
Additional Actions: Contact the following senators with:
- Telephone calls
When a person contacts his legislator's office and indicates his disappointment with a decision to support the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (S.1348), he sends a message that in the next election, he will do what ever it takes to remove them from office. This message should be especially conveyed to US Senator of Arizona John McCain who is a Republican hopeful for the President of the United States.
- US Senator of Arizona John McCain
- US Senator of Pennsylvania Arlen Spector
- US Senator of South Carolina Lindsey
- US Senator of Arizona Jon Kyl
- US Senator of Florida Mel Martinez
- US Senator of Georgia Johnny Isakson
Also, contact the following Republican organizations and indicate your disappointment that President George W. Bush supports the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (S.1348) and that if the legislation passes that you can no longer financially support these organizations and can no longer be a member of the Republican party. Also, ensure them that in 2008 because of this, they will not regain control of the Congress or win the Presidential race of 2008
Republican National Committee (RNC)
310 First Street, SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC)
320 First Street, S.E
Washington, D.C. 20003
Telephone: 202- 479-7000
To contact us by email, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC)
425 2nd Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
Telephone: 202- 675-6000
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