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home : insight & opinion : letters to the editor December 17, 2014

5/22/2007 10:29:00 AM
Urge Congress to oppose amnesty

Editor:

Once again, the United States Senate is working on an amnesty/guest worker bill (S. 1348) that closely resembles last year's Senate amnesty-laden bill (S. 2611; http://www.numbersusa.com/hottopic/2454.html). This is a bill that would give amnesty to the estimated 12 million to 20 million illegal aliens in this country. (Some estimates put this figure closer to 40 million).

Sen. Kennedy (D-Mass.), Sen. Kyl (R-Ariz.) and President Bush have negotiated a compromise between those who wanted a massive increase in foreign workers and those who wanted a blanket amnesty for illegal aliens and virtually unlimited family chain migration.

Groups such as the National Council of La Raza, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Immigrants Without Borders and the National Immigration Forum have been meeting behind closed doors for the past several months with select members of the Senate and their staff and have virtually been granted veto power over perhaps the biggest domestic issue coming before Congress this year. Most notable, though, was that nobody involved represented the American people's interest in immigration reductions.

According to the Heritage Foundation: "This legislation would be the most significant reform of immigration policy in 40 years, affecting not only our national security and homeland defense but the fiscal, economic, and social future of the United States for several generations." Just the cost alone for those who would now be eligible for a variety of social programs, including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income and public housing will be $2.5 trillion more in government services than they will pay in taxes.

Although the legislative language is not available yet, because the bill was still being written over the weekend, these are the key components of the compromise:

• An immediate amnesty for nearly all 12-20 million illegal aliens who will get legal status for residence and jobs (with assurance of green cards no later than 13 years);

• Mandatory workplace verification and some extra enforcement to try to slow the flow of the next 12 million illegal aliens enticed by the amnesty;

• Tripling of the rate of chain migration of extended family from around 250,000 a year to around 750,000 a year for about a decade;

• New flows of 400,000 temporary foreign workers each year, bringing their families and having anchor babies who will be given U.S. citizenship.

• The Dream Act - in-state college tuition for illegal aliens.

Since 1986 there have been seven illegal-alien amnesties passed into law. And not one of those amnesties has been associated with a decline in illegal immigration. On the contrary, the number of illegal aliens in the U.S. has tripled since President Reagan signed the first amnesty in 1986. The total effect of the amnesties was even larger because relatives later joined amnesty recipients, and this number was multiplied by an unknown number of children born to amnesty recipients who then acquired automatic U.S. citizenship.

The debate on this bill began today, with the expectation of a vote on final passage - without congressional hearings, committee mark-up, fiscal analysis, expert testimony, or public comment - before the end of the week.

I urge everyone who is concerned about illegal immigration and the effects that this bill will have on our country to call their members of Congress and ask them to oppose this new amnesty.

You can find your congressmen's number by going to the following site: http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home.

And please don't forget about all of the legislation that is being submitted in the Illinois state government for the benefit of illegal aliens. Currently the driver certificates bill for illegal aliens (HB 1100) is in the state Senate awaiting its third reading. There is also a bill (SB 1446) that would provide resources for "immigrants and refugees" in this state to learn English at a proposed cost of $25 million. Another (SB 1455) would provide low-cost college loans that illegal aliens would be eligible for and one (HB 1744) that would prevent employers from discovering the legal status of an applicant prior to employment.

You can find the contact information of our Illinois representatives by going to the following site: http://www.ilga.gov.

On a closing note, I would like to share these words of our 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt, in 1919 on immigrants and being an American:

"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

Judy Dix

Rural Robinson







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