House & Senate Immigration Bills Offer Amnesty

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open borders

hat tip to Harvey Miller

The mat.rodina.blogspot has an interesting article about one person’s experience while visiting the London of today, a London which now has such a high population of foreigners that it is beginning to lose its identity. At some point, open borders, as the EU has, becomes a free pass to invade.

..there were hardly any British working anywhere in London. From the German woman who ran the real estate office, to the Scottish driver, to the French girl selling me and mine tickets to the London Eye (worth going on by the way, even if quite a bit expense, at some £26/rider), to the Romanian waiters or the Italian retailers. Quite literaly, there were hardly any English, working anywhere in London. And the British unemployment rate is? Why 8% and I am sure that is under reported. Heck, I like the British accent and was looking forward to hearing it, what a surprise, I hardly did…

The EU has open borders between all members of the EU and with it, at some point, will come a loss of sovereignty and uniqueness that made each country distinct. The EU is not only about one currency, it is also about open borders.

The United States is allowing something similar with its occasional amnesty agreements.

The U.S. has, according to best guesstimates, between 11 million and 20 million people here illegally, roughly 70% come across our southern border and another 30% come from other points of entry, many overstaying visas. Of the 69% to 70% coming from the south, the majority are from Mexico.

There is no way to know how many are here illegally because they don’t tell you when they come or stay too long. The truth is that no one knows how many are here. It is believed that 1 million people come here illegally each year in addition to the 1 million allowed to come here legally.

Something needs to be done but is making it legal for them to be here without intense background checks going to be the answer?

Both the House and the Senate are drawing up final plans for amnesty, which the Senate is calling theirs a pathway to status.  The bills are being called immigration bills. Illegal aliens are now immigrants or undocumented workers. The right is adopting the language of the left which somewhat obfuscates the facts.

Senator Marco Rubio is being relied on to keep the Conservatives on board with any plan the Senate issues but he has left himself room to bolt.

Both bills give immediate legal work permits to people who come forward without the borders having been secured. While it is not an immediate path to citizenship, it is amnesty though our leaders would have us believe otherwise. Amnesty is defined in law as an act of forgiveness for past offenses, especially to a class of persons as a whole. This might be okay, I’m not judging, just calling it what it is.

Once people who are here illegally get onto a path to citizenship, Republicans hope to have a clear and challenging pathway with certification that the border is secure.

HOUSE BILL

Many Republicans are concerned about the president being the one to certify the borders are secure. The fact is he is that the president believes the border is now safer than it has ever been – the border is secure in other words. Janet Napolitano has said border security should not be tied into the amnesty bill which is a straw man.

House Republicans are concerned about the cost of securing the border and hope to offset it with visa fees. More of a concern is the burden illegals will place on entitlements. Fifty-seven percent of immigrants, both legal and illegal take part in one or more of our entitlement programs, that we know of. If we have 11 million people here illegally, they will cost Obamacare $80 billion a year.

Republicans are considering the possibility of not allowing illegals onto the nation’s safety net. Of course that is unworkable – we are not going to allow them to become a poverty-stricken underclass.

In any case, Republicans are a little late to the party since illegals already do take part in the nation’s entitlement system and are only doing what they were invited to do by our government which advertises food stamps in Mexico.

The House plan which they call a “pathway to status” takes about 20 years to obtain citizenship, a move designed to reduce costs.

The plan, which is fluid and subject to change, includes:

  • 10 years for a green card
  • payment of back taxes
  • a hefty penalty
  • proficiency in English
  • an admission that the law was broken

The House plan mandates a secure border before the pathway to citizenship can be triggered but not before they are allowed to stay here legally. The stringency of the requirements will be a sticking point. Democrats worry that the illegals won’t come out of the shadows and Republicans worry that it’s an invitation for more illegals to come in illegally before there is any registration.

SENATE PLAN

Democratic senators are under intense pressure from the White House, labor unions and open borders advocates to clear a quick and easy path to legal status and citizenship. Senate Democrats will agree to mandating illegal immigrants provide a proven work history, learn English and pass criminal background checks.

The path to probationary legal status is an easy one – pay a small fine and submit to a criminal background check.

The ten-year wait for legal permanent residence would require (according to the January statement by the gang of eight):

  • a secure border, which Barack Obama objects to
  • a green card that could cost thousands though I imagine it will eventually be subsidized
  • additional background checks
  • learn English civics
  • demonstrate a US work history
  • prove current employment
  • possibly pleading guilty to breaking immigration laws.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union about the pathway to citizenship:

“It will be earned, it will be long, and it will be hard,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“If the requirements are restrictive, instead of legalizing 11 million, you can end up legalizing 8 million and then you have really sown the seeds of the failure of the bill.”

That is one of the reasons why the bill will fail.

UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES

A recent survey of illegal residents found that the majority do not want to become citizens. They like it the way it is. Assimilation will not be the course for many if this is true.

Since many of the illegal immigrants are liberals coming from socialist nations, Republicans can expect that most will not vote for them – ever. Does it matter if it takes 8 months to get citizenship as the president hopes or if it takes 20 years when that result is likely? Senator Rubio believes that Hispanics do more naturally fall in the Republican camp and will become Republican voters.

Catholic Online, along with a number of news agencies, has reported that ICE agents are seeing the numbers of illegals crossing the border double in the last few weeks. One reason is the threat by Barack Obama to cut agents hours, leaving the border unmanned for two hours a day, and the other is the announcement that an amnesty deal is imminent.

Fox News reports that Mexican drug cartels are deep within our borders, establishing themselves as our new Mafiosa. The cartels are sending their most respected agents to set up shop. The cartels are showing up in our major cities like Chicago, Atlanta, New York, Columbus, Ohio, Louisville, Ky., and rural North Carolina. Suspects have also surfaced in Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane warned in January that drug cartels “are taking over our neighborhoods.”

If this is not stopped, we will be in the same position as Mexico with out-of-control drug cartels murdering and terrorizing our citizens and law enforcement agents.

Read more at Politico and Fox News

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