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Sessions: Gang of Eight Plan Fails On Every Front

An op-ed in the Los Angeles Times from Senator Jeff Sessions:

Sen. Sessions on immigration bill’s broken promises

The plan proposed by the ‘Gang of Eight’ fails on every major front.

By Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee | June 10, 2013

The so-called Gang of Eight immigration plan now being considered by the Senate fails to live up to every major promise made by its sponsors. Far from improving the immigration system, their 1,000-page proposal would exacerbate many of its flaws. It would dangerously undermine future enforcement while imposing substantial burdens on taxpayers and taking jobs and pay from U.S. workers.

Other than that, it’s perfect.

Indeed, the two unions representing our nation’s immigration and customs officers and those who process immigration applications have strongly urged opposition.

The sponsors’ promise of enforcement first was broken when lead sponsor Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) declared: "First, people will be legalized…. Then we’ll make sure the border is secure." About 11 million immigrants who are here illegally — which includes 4 million who have overstayed their visas — would receive work permits, Social Security numbers and access to state and local benefits within six months of passage. The Department of Homeland Security merely has to submit a border plan, not accomplish that plan. Those legalized will then be free to compete for jobs at a time of low wages and high unemployment. It’s amnesty first, not enforcement first.

Sadly, Senator Rubio has also recently admitted that this bill means ‘amnesty first,’ then secure the border.

Moreover, the bill allows the DHS or an immigration judge to stop any future deportation for humanitarian reasons, the public interest or family unity. Such open-ended waivers would all but ensure mass litigation and the end of immigration enforcement in America.

Which, thanks to Obama, has already been ended for all intents and purposes. And, lest we forget, ICE has even released thousands of those they had been detaining.

The sponsors promised that back taxes would have to be paid, but under the bill, if the IRS doesn’t audit someone working off the books — which it isn’t required to do — there will be no taxes to pay. There is no requirement that immigrants pay state or local back taxes or that employers pay back taxes.

Besides, most of these newly legalized illegal aliens will not be paying income tax. Instead, they will get money back from the IRS.

The sponsors promised that people here illegally would have to learn English and civics, but the fine print reveals it will be at least 10 years before this is put into effect…

It will never happen even then. A judge will declare this requirement to be xenophobic and racist.

The sponsors promised that those "with a serious criminal background or who pose a threat to our national security" would be ineligible for legal status. But the bill allows the Homeland Security secretary, under certain conditions, to grant it to gang members; those with major misdemeanor criminal convictions (including felonies pleaded to misdemeanors) for serious crimes, including drug offenses, sexual abuse and prostitution; those with arrest records of any length; fugitives from deportation orders; or those who have been deported and illegally reentered.

Besides, who is going to do background checks on 11 million illegal aliens?

The sponsors promised that people here illegally would not be eligible for public benefits. But, after the immediate grant of legal status, the legislation confers permanent residency within 10 years after passage (in many cases sooner), guaranteeing eligibility for federal benefits at a staggering long-term cost. In the short term, many would become eligible for state public assistance programs upon receiving the initial amnesty…

And, again, a federal judge will be found who will declare that if they ‘pay taxes’ they must be granted all the benefits of our system. Including, Obama-Care and every form of welfare.

The sponsors promised the bill would prevent future visa overstays. The Government Accountability Office said in 2007 that without a biometric exit system, the DHS "cannot ensure the integrity of the immigration system by identifying and removing those people who have overstayed." The 9/11 Commission has said such a system is essential to national security. Congress passed six laws mandating the implementation of such a system at all air, land and sea entry points. But instead of finally requiring enforcement of these laws, the bill merely calls for a pilot system at a small sampling of airports, and excludes land ports of entry…

In other words, it will never happen. After all, why would the Democrats want to close off this pipeline of new voters?

The sponsors promised that the bill would not significantly increase legal immigration. However, it will grant legal status to at least 30 million immigrants over the next 10 years if you add up the proposed surge in legal arrivals, approval of 4.5 million previous green card applicants, plus work authorization and legal residency for an estimated 11 million here unlawfully today. The number grows higher if you take into account the removal of annual caps on migration for immediate family members.

We can’t separate families. And nobody would ever dare suggest that those in our country illegal should go home.

And, despite promised protections for U.S. workers, the bill would double the number of guest workers admitted annually. Such a large influx would be disastrous for the wages and job prospects of U.S. workers.

So what? We already have unemployment down to 7.6%. (And the real unemployment rate down to around 11%.)

On every major front, this legislation fails to deliver on its core promises. It delivers only for the special-interest groups who helped write it. Should it pass, it would represent the ultimate triumph of the Washington elite over the everyday citizen to whom Congress properly owes its loyalty.

It will also spell the end our our country and our culture as we know it.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 12th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Sessions: Gang of Eight Plan Fails On Every Front”

  1. Petronius says:

    Senator Sessions is very good on this issue. But the worst aspect of the Gang of Eight bill is that it imposes no limit or ceiling on the number of aliens who will be granted amnesty and/or admitted into the country. That number is unknown, but will surely be in the tens of millions.

    Sen. Sessions’ reference to four million visa overstays is a very low estimate. Currently about sixty million tourists or business visitors enter the US each year on six months visas. Mohamed Atta and other 9-11 hijackers and the underpants bomber came to the US on B-1/B-2 tourist/business visas. Richard Reid the shoe bomber was a British national, and therefore did not need a visa to travel to America. In addition, we accept about 700,000 foreign students every year (a complete estimate is impossible because many universities refuse to report this data).

    If only five percent of these visitors overstayed their visa, that would amount to perhaps three to four million a year . We really don’t know how many millions overstay, because nobody is counting or keeping score (certainly not ICE, certainly not DHS).

    ICE doesn’t go after them unless they do something unusual to attract attention –– e.g., by committing acts of terrorism. By the time ICE catches up with them, they may have been in America for many years. And the longer they stay, the more opportunities are presented for them to adjust status based on hardship, marriage to an American citizen, birth of an anchor baby, medical problems, etc.

    Valuable time is gained by filing petitions. Millions of visa petitions for adjustment of status are backlogged in the DHS system; these petitions are backlogged for years before they can be adjudicated.

    Once ensconced in the US they can also claim asylum, alleging that they would be persecuted in their homelands if, for example, they are homosexuals, face social ostracism at home, are victims of marital violence, or are members of another protected class.

    In addition to these numbers we have over one million quota immigrants per year; these are green card (LPR) immigrants, family chain-migrants, lottery winners, special skilled employees, and such. In addition, the US accepts over 200,00 refugees and asylum grantees each year.

    All of these numbers will be ratcheted up dramatically by the proposed bill.

    These immigrants, refugees, asylees, and visa overstays enter the country lawfully. They are in addition to the millions of illegals who sneak across the Mexican border.

    Taken together, these millions of immigrants (documented and undocumented) account for the greater part of America’s social and political problems: terrorism, political extremism, voter fraud, crime, street gangs, hit and run, infectious diseases, alcoholism and drug addiction, failure of schools, destruction of communities, welfare, unemployment, strain on public resources, overcrowding and environmental degradation, as well as the so-called “crisis in health care” that Liberals always complain about, including hospital bankruptcies.

    And just think: if we were not importing terrorists into the country, there would be no justification for internal spying by the government. But hey –– that’s part of the price we have to pay.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    I’m looking at the Constitution. Right now.

    Apparently the Gang of Eight has not. Ever.

    Just as Rick Romero came to be the watchword for “Duh” Marco Rubio is now the branding iron for RINO.

  3. Laree says:

    My response to the permanent political class in D.C. trying to shove this crap sandwich down our throats. If they liked the impressive historical 70 year seat change in November 2010, they just need to wait a year for the November 2014 election. These D.C. Bozo’s haven’t seen nuthin yet. Never too early to start discussing the next election. I also have a list of Senate seats opening and Senator’s retiring.


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