March 26, 2013
Harry Reid announced that the Senate will start debating immigration legislation after Easter, when it returns to Washington on April 6th. Senators are in their home states this weekend, and they will stay there through April 5th. We need you to contact your Senators while they are at home to tell them you expect them to oppose Amnesty!
As many of you remember, there was a similar effort in 2007 to impose amnesty for illegal aliens on the American people. At that time, Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation released an exhaustive analysis indicating that the cost of amnesty would exceed $2 trillion – and that was before ObamaCare! Rector and his team are working feverishly to update these numbers, but because ObamaCare is such a complex beast, that analysis is still under way.
Amnesty advocates on both sides of the aisle are working to secure amnesty for the wrong reasons, some to buy votes, others to secure cheap labor, but we need the grassroots to rise up and demand that our representatives secure the American dream for everyone!
Amnesty is not fiscally sustainable.
Amnesty will harm all Americans, especially the most vulnerable among us, the least educated. Amnesty advocates are claiming that there is a “labor shortage,” however, a recent study from the Center for Immigration Studies notes that unemployment is close to 20% nationwide for Americans with no more than a high school education. Interestingly, the states represented by Senators who are part of the “Gang of 8” coalition working on an amnesty bill, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and South Carolina have the highest levels of unemployment, all over 20%.
All of those unemployed Americans must survive somehow, if not through employment, it will be through taxpayer-funded welfare programs. Additionally, the Center for Immigration Studies estimates that because illegal immigrants often consume more in government programs than they pay in taxes, amnesty would add approximately $29 billion to the federal deficit.
These levels are unsustainable, and the result is to make the American dream more difficult for everyone to attain. A study of immigrants from 1970-2000 indicated that immigrants today are much poorer and less likely to own a home than immigrants in decades past. We must reverse this trend instead of creating a permanent underclass!
Immigration Reform Must Begin With Securing our Borders.
As Senator Rand Paul recently noted, immigration reform must begin with securing our borders. A recent Rassmussen Poll noted that even among amnesty supporters, 64% believe that the U.S. must secure its borders. As Phyllis explained in her recent column, throughout the years, border enforcement measures like building a fence along America’s southern border and creating an entry/exit tracking system have been promised and signed into law in connection with amnesty. The amnesty took effect, but the enforcement mechanisms did not.
We Won’t Accept More Backroom Deals!
President Obama promised that his presidency would be marked by openness and transparency, yet we’ve seen one piece of expensive, broad, sweeping legislation after another. Immigration policy should be debated in the open, subject to constituent accountability and input. It should not be worked out in back room deals among eight Senators. Senate Judiciary Committee Members Chuck Grassley, Jeff Sessions, Ted Cruz, John Cornyn, Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Pat Leahy urging him to conduct open and transparent reform proceedings. We must echo this demand!
Please take a moment to call or visit your Senators at their local offices while they are home for Easter recess. If they are having town hall meetings or similar forums, we need you to attend and to tell them to take a stand against amnesty. It was the grassroots that rose up and stopped a similar attempt at amnesty in 2006, and we can do it again!
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