Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Immigration Bill is a Nightmare for America

Fire of Liberty

While the White House, a majority of the Senate, and various interest groups are trying their darnedest to push through the passage of the Immigration reform bill as something that is beneficial to our economy/livelihood while also noting that this bill will secure our nation, there are a lot of individuals with the press, academia, think tanks, and independent arms of Congress who note that when you dig into the bill you discover it's "all hat and no cattle." One only has to read the following article by Stephen Dunn in the Washington Times and you'll discover that the Congressional Budget Office has issued its report on the immigration bill which notes that the proposed legislation would cut illegals entering the US by only 25% which falls short by a mile from what the folks in Washington are promoting. Now while one should be alarmed by this statistic, Dunn goes on to show in his article that there are a lot of things to shudder at with regards to this bill. Here's a look at what is buried in the bill:
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said in its official cost estimate that many guest workers will overstay their time in the plan, with the number totaling a half-million in 2017 and reaching 1 million a decade later.
"We anticipate that many of those would remain in the United States illegally after their visas expire," CBO said of the guest-worker program.
In a blow to President Bush's timetable, the CBO said the security "triggers" that must be met before the guest-worker program can begin won't be met until 2010. Mr. Bush had hoped to have those triggers -- setting up a verification system, deploying 20,000 U.S. Border Patrol agents and constructing hundreds of miles of fencing and vehicle barriers -- completed about the time he leaves office in January 2009.
With news like this and Robert Rector's most recent study from the Heritage Foundation that shows that the average citizens shell out some $19,588 in social security, welfare, education, housing and health-care per year per illegal immigrant(Rector suggest that the cost of some 12 million illegals would be some $2.5 trillion), one should run away and reject such a bill.


shliknik said...

The bill isn't a solution...but that isn't the problem. To me, the bigger problem is when Bush says (and I'm paraphrasing), "If you don't support this bill, then you don't want what's best for America!"

That's scary that he and his group of cronies are the only people smart enough to come up with what's 'best for America.'

There are plenty of things to nit-pick about the bill but my big question is this:

Why don't we secure the border FIRST...stop people from coming in...THEN decide what to do with the illegals already here???

They would rather give amnesty (sure Bush, it's not amnesty) FIRST and let another 2 million come while they argue semantics.


jstarley05 said...

I second that thought!!!