Senate Gang of 8 – Immigration Liars
As far as I’m concerned Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) have blown themselves up and should never contend that they’re Conservatives.
Two others, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) should also stop claiming to be Conservatives while they constantly move left, left and further left on issues while campaigning as though they are the second coming of Ronald Reagan. In fact, they should never invoke the name of Reagan, they’d be more accurate if they claimed to be followers of Karl Marx.
Why do I seem so bitter? The 844 page monstrosity known as Senate immigration bill (S. 744) is not only a “path to citizenship” it’s amnesty for lawbreakers. It’s telegraphing future law breakers to come on in, bring your family and make a life in America. Not to worry, you’ll get benefits galore, education, healthcare, a job, food stamps, a welfare stipend and much more.
The bill would take an average reader up to 3 full days to read. It would take 5 minutes to read one page so you’ll need 4,220 minutes (5 x 844 = 4,220). Divide that by 60 minutes and you get 70.3 hours. Divide 70.3 hours by 24, and it would take 2.93 days. Today is Thursday, the bill appeared Wednesday and hearings begin Friday. (Full text of S. 744 here)
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-T) has an opinion on the bill, which he or his staff have read or reviewed.
It’s hard to believe, but the Senate immigration bill is worse than we thought. Despite assurances, the border is not secured before almost everyone in the country illegally is given amnesty. The bill guarantees there will be a rush across the border to take advantage of massive amnesty.
And the Senate proposal offers amnesty to far more illegal immigrants than we thought. In addition to most of the 11 million illegal immigrants already in the country, the bill offers to legalize the relatives of illegal immigrants outside the U.S. and even others who have already been deported back home. So current immigration laws are shredded.
Yes, a formal invitation for previous lawbreakers deported to come back and to bring your relatives we have plenty of room. Not only do we have open spaces for immigrants who have broken the US laws we have an incentive of up to $3,000 per year to hire a newly legalized immigrant over a US citizen.
While you, a legal citizen of the United States of America is required to have health insurance under Obamacare an immigrant given amnesty would not be eligible for ObamaCare tax credits nor required to pay an individual tax penalty for failing to obtain qualifying health coverage. It also means some employers would face no penalty for failing to provide such workers affordable health coverage.
For employers who don’t offer insurance, fines are based on full-time equivalent staffing levels, so distinctions between citizens and visa holders don’t matter.
But there is a loophole penalty in all of this.The immigration bill, as written, would provide another path for avoiding fines by hiring of legalized immigrants as full-time employees, since they wouldn’t be eligible for ObamaCare for a decade or more.
Some employers have said they would seek to limit ObamaCare fines by shifting some workers to part-time, which the law defines as fewer than 30 hours.
Former Senator Jim Demint (R-SC) and a true Conservative is now president of the Heritage Foundation. Mr. DeMint has a message for Marco Rubio and the Gang of 8 as well as America. saying the bill has a “significant cost” for taxpayers.
This new bill is much the same as the last [such bill in 2007]: immediate amnesty in the form of provisional status within months and lofty promises of ’strategies’ and ‘plans’ for enforcement years later.
Rather than rewarding the 11 million who broke our laws, Congress should first consider how to make the immigration system work for the more than 4 million people waiting patiently outside our borders to come to our country legally. A rational system would make it easier to follow the law than to break it.
It may be more prudent to clean up current immigration law and begin enforcing the laws to secure our borders to stop illegal immigration and deport the lawbreakers. Until you stop the flow of illegal individuals from entering the US you can’t begin offering incentives to continue that flow.
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