Countering the Myths on Immigration Bill
The White House posted an article on line entitled Myth/Fact: Ten Key Myths About the Border Security and Immigration Reform Agreement at this link. The Heritage Foundation countered that article with Facts that bust the White House points at this link. A Rasmussen poll shows tht only "26% of American voters favor passage of the legislation. See this link.
Following are some of the facts vs the myths.
1. MYTH: This is not amnesty. FACT: The bill takes an approach similar to that of the 1986 immigration law. President Reagan backed that law... and called it amnesty. So does Black's Law Dictionary, which says, 'the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act provided amnesty for undocumented aliens already in the country.'"
2. MYTH: This proposal does not repeat the mistakes of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act. FACT: This proposal exacerbates those mistakes… The 1986 law gave temporary resident status to most illegals who could show they'd lived here continuously for five years. [about 3 million] The new proposal would do this for anyone who" lived here for the last five months [about 12 million or more].
3. MYTH: The government will crack down on the hiring of illegal workers. FACT: You can't "crack down" on something that doesn't exist. And all but a handful of illegal workers will become magically legal within 24 hours of applying for the new Z-visa.
4. MYTH: This proposal would not cut in half the amount of fence built by the Secure Fence Act of 2006. FACT: The Secure Fence Act authorized 700 miles of new fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border. The proposal would implement the new temporary worker and Z visa programs once the feds have installed at least 370 miles of fencing.
5. MYTH: The trigger period will not cause a rush to the border. FACT:…. Since illegals can get a Z visa on the basis of only two easily-manufactured documents, fraudulent documentation will keep the stream of illegal immigrants flowing. All the trigger period does is create an incentive for today's illegals to claim they've been illegal since Jan. 1.
6. MYTH: By providing an opportunity for citizenship to illegal immigrants already here, the bill will not exponentially increase extended-family chain migration. FACT: In granting immediate amnesty to so many millions, the bill will dramatically accelerate family chain migration over the next six years. At that point, the proposal purports to replace family chain migration with skill-based immigration preferences. That change may or may not occur.
7. MYTH: The temporary worker program is good for American workers. FACT: By creating both the Z visa program and the Y visa program (for future temporary workers), the proposal sets the stage for millions of new workers to enter the labor market, potentially depressing wages.
8. MYTH: Illegal immigrants will not come onto the welfare rolls.
FACT: As soon as illegals get Z-visa status, they become eligible for free medical care under Medicaid and their children are immediately entitled to welfare. ,,
9. MYTH: Government agencies will be able to share information to pursue immigration violators. FACT: True and false. Unless a background check turns up something criminal about a Z visa applicant within 24 hours after the initial paperwork is submitted, enforcement agencies are blocked from pursuing deportation for a full year.
10. MYTH: Senators can cast an informed vote on the bill today.
FACT: Senators did not receive even a draft of the bill until 2 a.m. Saturday--leaving them less than three days to read and understand this complex and convoluted proposal before being forced to vote to bring it to the floor. …
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