Immigration Bill Would Immediately Legalize Illegal Aliens, A Fact the Media Ignores
Following are key factors (being ignored by most of the media) about the complex immigration bill that a bipartisan group of Senate negotiators has agreed to and which is being debated in the US Senate at this time: For copy of this bill go to this link and click: a format that allows for easy browsing online. For a copy of this article on line and all documentation and footnotes, see this link .
*The bill "would immediately grant legal status to almost all illegal immigrants [about 12 million] currently in the United States." The day the bill is signed most illegal aliens will no longer be illegal and "could get a Z-visa just by coming forward and registering and could stay here forever." That is the part of the story that is downplayed by the media, even on Fox. The first section of the bill is very deceptive on this point. Unless this aspect of the bill is changed, there are no other changes that could possibly make the bill acceptable to me and about 70% of other citizens in the country. See survey on this in footnotes. 1
*All the legislation that cities and counties and states have worked to pass to alleviate some of the problems with the massive influx of illegal aliens will become basically moot as soon as the law is passed because there will be practically no illegal aliens, only legal ones.
*The media keep talking about how it will take 7 to 13 years to become citizens and the fine the illegal aliens will have to pay. What difference does citizenship make to the illegal aliens if they have a safe harbor here for the rest of their lives and can get all the welfare and social security benefits financed by the American taxpayers? The fine they have to pay will be a paltry sum in comparison to what they will take from the system.
*"This is not just amnesty," Rector pronounced, "it's an amnesty with a blank check on the American taxpayers. As soon as you get one of these 'Z-visas,' you're in the Social Security system. And once you get them in the system, they will get welfare and they will get Social Security. The net cost of a single illegal alien is going to be about a half-million dollars. This is not amnesty; it's a right to pillage the American taxpayers." 2
*There are at least 30,000 illegal aliens that belong to gangs which would be grand fathered in and could not be deported. These are violent, drug dealing illegal aliens. "Those 30,000 gang members would all be grand fathered in under a Z visa and according to an analysis that I got a few minutes ago and could not be deported," Newt Gingrich said on O'Reilly show May 21, 07. "This is as close to madness as anything I have seen in modern government."
*The bill will give 400,000 guest worker visas a year. Sen. Byron Dorgan, a North Dakota Democrat, said "America's workers have enough downward pressure on their wages because of unfair trade deals and corporate outsourcing of millions of jobs every year. The last thing they need now is to have an inflow of millions of more immigrants competing for their jobs at substandard wages." 3
*White House spokesman Tony Fratto said Bush would keep up efforts to push the immigration bill through Congress. "It's no secret that the president's personally very committed to this issue," he said. "There's a long way to go and we hope we can get there." 4
*But Newt Gingrich, a leading Republican, had this to say about the bill:
"This is the most self destructive bill for Republicans to be sponsoring that I have seen maybe in my lifetime. You can imagine how bad this bill is going to be by the time people understand all the details and how foolish its sponsors are going to look, at least on the Republican side where there is some semblance of belief in the Rule of law and some semblance in the sense of fairness."
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All Arkansas US legislators' contact information below.
Senator Blanche Lambert Lincoln (D- AR) Phone 202-224-4843 Fax :202-228-1371 Send email from her website: http://lincoln.senate.gov/html/webform.html
Senator Mark Pryor (D- AR) Phone: 202-224-2353 Fax: 202-228-0908 Send an email from his website. http://pryor.senate.gov/email_webform.htm