Hat Tip to Moonbattery.
Democrats on Tuesday begin their new push for an immigration bill, hamstrung by the image of legalizing millions of illegal immigrant workers at a time when the unemployment rate stands at 10 percent — more than twice what it was the last time Congress tried to act.
“It certainly will confuse the debate a lot more, but at the end of the day what we have to understand is fixing this system will be good for American workers,” said Eliseo Medina, executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union, which is one of the major advocates for legalizing illegal immigrant workers.
The workers it will be ‘good for’ aren’t American.
Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, the Illinois Democrat who has taken over leadership on the issue after the death of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat, plans to introduce an immigration legalization bill Tuesday, and backers are planning a strategy to avoid repeats of the failed attempts of 2006 and 2007.
In a letter to members of Congress last week seeking support for the bill, Mr. Gutierrez and Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez, New York Democrat and chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said their legislation will end the off-the-books economy of illegal immigrant workers and protect American workers by raising labor standards.
Raising labor standards?? Thats unmitigated horseshit. This is SEIU’s way of infusing illegals into their unions. The Dems also want to keep them as part of their voting bloc. It’s a power expansion tactic.
“In these difficult economic times, we must ensure that everyone contributes toward the recovery and prosperity of our nation,” they wrote. “To this end, it is imperative that all individuals and employers pay their fair share in taxes.”
Employers and individuals already pay their fair share in taxes. Employers who hire illegal aliens are breaking the immigration laws as well as avoiding the IRS. The answer isn’t blanket amnesty, which is what the SEIU wants, but authorized entry, proper documentation, and a legal path to citizenship.
A draft overview of the bill, circulated with the letter, ends some enforcement tools such as the 287(g) local police cooperation program, calls for an electronic verification system to replace the voluntary E-verify program, argues that there’s no need for more U.S. Border Patrol agents or fencing, and establishes a long-term path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
National security and sovereignty really sticks in the craw of these open borders/pro-illegal alien assclowns. They essentially want to tear down what border security we do have, and allow an even greater flood of illegals—and terrorist cells—who make their way into the U.S.every day by the thousands.
That path would require illegal immigrants to pay a $500 fine, pass a background check and learn English and civics to gain legal status. After six years, they could apply for legal permanent residence, or a green card, which is the interim step to citizenship. There is no “touchback” provision requiring them to return to their home countries at some point in the process.
Good luck with the assimilation requirements, especially with groups like La Raza and MEChA clammoring against it. Notice the ‘once they’re here, they can stay here’ provision.
Republicans are sharpening their attacks and going straight for the jobs argument.
“With 15 million Americans out of work, it’s hard to believe that anyone would give amnesty to 12 million illegal immigrants,” said Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee. “Even the open-borders crowd agrees that illegal immigrants take jobs from American workers, particularly poor and disadvantaged citizens and legal immigrants. This is exactly why we need to oppose amnesty.”
His office has calculated that there are 19 states where the number of illegal immigrants in the work force is at least 50 percent of the number of unemployed workers.
As a commenter pointed out:
Illegal aliens consume more in benefits than they add to the economy. That is a fact that has been proved throughout the states most heavily impacted. While the state coffers see a boost, the cities and towns are staggering under the impact of having to educate, provide services and health care.
In this one county in Texas alone, we taxpayer were charged $220 million dollars for the health care of illegal aliens and 85% of all babies born in the public hospital were those belonging to illegal aliens.
Republicans need to realize this isn’t just a “jobs argument”; it’s a legal and national security argument. Title 8 of the U.S. Code (sections 1324 and 1325) as well as the ongoing threat of Islamic terrorist attacks, emphasize the need for homeland and border security. The Democrats would love to “fundamentally transform” the United States into a Banana Republic. We need as much security against the Leftards as we do illegals.