Pro-Amnesty Senators: Today You've Voted, Tomorrow We Vote
The Senate has rushed a pro-amnesty bill through, hoping they got it out of the way before too many of their constituents found out what was really in the bill. Some of the provisions have leaked out and they are enough to make those constituents so mad they won't be likely to support those senators ever again.
We have heard about the Social Security giveaway. That is, if an illegal alien has been working in the country and paying into Social Security, once amnestied the worker would be entitled to collect benefits for himself/herself, even though the worker was here ILLEGALLY. As with American citizens, these benefits would apply to relatives. This would bring up an odd situation of beneficiaries receiving money even if they had never set foot in the U. S. themselves. Actually, by the time an illegal has paid into the system, that worker would have likely broken at least three of our laws. Once, by sneaking into the country without permission, twice, residing here, and three times by working here illegally. It is possible, even probable, that the worker has used a fake I.D., also, However, with the proposed amnesty, all would be forgiven, indeed, rewarded.
All sorts of penalties have been cited to deny an amnesty has occurred. The worker would have to pay back taxes. However, this bill would allow the worker to pay only three years’ taxes out of five. How many citizens would like a deal such as that? It seems favoritism to illegals was the Senate’s main quest.
The Earned Income Tax Credit is another freebie. It is probably being used now for those who file income taxes. Senator Jeff Sessions explained that 22 million households now receive $39 billion in the EITC. Low income workers don’t pay taxes, but they get a check (like a refund) through that credit. This tax credit was extended to low income workers to make work more desirable than welfare, not to reward those who came into this country illegally, giving them a $2,000 bonus. Legalizing illegals would automatically make them eligible for this credit.
To deny that this bill is amnesty, those who favor it say that certain penalties would be exacted before an illegal could get amnesty. One such penalty is that the illegal would have to pay a small fine of perhaps $2,000, One year’s claim of the Earned Income Tax Credit would pay that off, leaving the worker to stay here and continue to earn money, now legally.
Senator Jeff Sessions, who seems to be one of only a few senators paying attention to the results of this giveaway bill, says that the Congressional Budget Office estimates that if S.2611 passes, the government would be required to pay $29.4 billion in refundable tax credits over the first ten years. He says that this expenditure, which includes the EITC and child tax credits, represents the biggest outlay in the bill.
There are other provisions in the bill that address regular immigration. Visas are given routinely for workers to come on a temporary basis. These workers most often cost the employer less in wages, thereby putting American citizens in competition with foreign workers Very often the workers overstay their visa provisions, leading their employers to intercede to have them stay beyond the stipulated time.
Senator Sessions addressed chain migration. Over the past five years, the senator says, 950,000 extended family members have immigrated to the U.S. Chain migration allows related family members to come in. Those admitted due to chain migration are not screened for skills or ability to contribute to society. Presumably, they are not even checked for the diseases that are more prevalent in Third World countries. The country has a right to set its own criteria for admitting immigrants. The country should be able to let in many who are waiting patiently, jumping through our bureaucratic hoops, and who are highly skilled, know English or have other traits that would enrich American society.
While this huge giveaway is being considered, what about the possibility of stopping the invasion across our southern border? Does the Senate address that? Well, sort of. It speaks of more money for the border patrol, but paltry sums, some of which will not be funded for years. Much has been promised in the past, but the actual funding hasn’t been forthcoming. There is a small amount of border fencing in the Senate’s vision. Certainly, this is a minor concern of the Senate.
The 1986 amnesty also promised border protection, but little was done to stem the flow of illegals across the border Now the same senators who made these promises without providing funding are making the same promises. John McCain and Ted Kennedy led the fight for the 1986 amnesty and promised it was a “one-time” deal. Twelve to twenty-four+ millions of illegal aliens later, we are still hearing that siren song from them. Now, the ante has been upped. Instead of having three million, as happened in 1986, it is estimated by the Heritage Foundation that under the current bill, somewhere between 73 million and 92 million more aliens would be admitted to the U.S. over the next 20 years.
“This is a big, big deal” according to Senator Sessions, who is not given to hyperbole. Indeed, it is a big, big deal. It is a big deal that would allow several more millions into the country. It is a big deal that would ensure Social Security benefits for millions more, even though we are told almost every week that Social Security is going broke. It is a big deal, because we would be importing poverty, instead of screening people to see who might benefit this country and not draining it of its resources. It is a big deal because it will add to urban sprawl, air pollution, water shortages, and all the ills that now face us, but magnified. This is what the pro-amnesty senators rushed to bring to their constituents.
Who or what interests do your senators serve? Are they listening to the estimated 80% of polled people who say to stop the invasion? Are they considering your best interests when they allow massive immigration to continue? Who are they representing when they are willing to give away Social Security benefits to those who broke our laws? Are they listening to you, a citizen, who is saying “No amnesty, no way, no how, no matter what you call it”?
Now is the time for constituents to be telling their senators, loud and clear:
“Today you’ve voted. Tomorrow WE vote”.
Barbara regularly writes for CapitolHillCoffeeHouse. She also appears in California Chronicle, Border Patrol, and Citizens Caucus. Her primary interest is illegal immigration, but she writes about other subjects as well.
Barbara lives in a large city on the West Coast. Her loyalties are with God, family, country, heritage and borders.
She enjoys music, painting, poetry and song writing.