June 11, 2013


Debate on Gang of 8 Immigration Bill Continues Today!


S744 is called the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.  Does it live up to its name?

1.)  Border Security — S744 does not provide money for additional border fencing or even completion of what is already required under current law. Department of Homeland Security is not required to build a fence (which was ordered by the Secure Fence Act signed by President George W. Bush). DHS is required only to submit a plan.

2.)  Economic Opportunity — illegal aliens who entered the United States before age 16 would be put on a path to citizenship. And, S.744 also includes a provision for in-state college tuition for illegal aliens. Out-of-state students will be forced to pay a higher tuition rate, while foreign national illegal aliens will be granted a reduced price tag on education, subsidized by American taxpayers.  Illegal immigrants new U.S. legality will be concealed under the bureaucratic title, Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI) status.

According to the Heritage Foundation, this amnesty will cost the U.S. taxpayers $6.3 trillion over the lifetimes of the amnestied persons.  This  includes all forms of public benefits less the taxes they pay.

Eagle Forum:  The Gang of Eight authorizes the issuance of 33 million lifetime work permits (for 11 million amnesties plus accelerated chain migration) over the next ten years. This enormous influx of job seekers will flood our labor markets and communities, thus continuing the high unemployment of Americans, driving down the wages of those who do have jobs, and eliminating their hope of ever rising to the middle class and achieving the American dream.

Every amnestied person will become eligible for ObamaCare upon receiving a green card, and within five years will be able to cash in on our 79 means-tested welfare benefits. The timetable for these generous benefits will almost certainly be advanced because of Senator Chuck Schumer’s demands, Obama’s executive orders, or lawsuits brought before judges who believe in a “living” Constitution.

3.)  Immigration Modernization —  The entire 11 million illegal aliens who would be set on the path to citizenship under S744 are supposed to learn English (too many loopholes in the law to make this a reality) and are supposed to undergo a background check by the same CIA and FBI that missed the danger signs of the Boston Marathon bombing brothers being potential terrorists.

“Immigrant integration’ is included in the Gang of 8 bill.  This will simply give taxpayers’ dollars to leftwing and Islamist activist groups like CASA, LaRaza, MALDEF and CAIR.  This bill defines these groups as nonprofit organizations including those with legal advocacy experience working with immigrant countries.”

Current U.S. law provides for the yearly admission of more than one million persons, more than any nation in the world, and the Gang of Eight’s bill will double that number.  Current immigration laws are not being enforced, why should more immigration laws be passed that would give lawbreakers passage to the head of the line when others have obeyed the law and waited (and continue to wait) to legal enter the United States?

It is apparent that this bill does not live up to any of the three components of its name!  Our southern border will remain an open door, the economic opportunity of American citizens will be adversely affected and this so-called ‘immigration modernization’ bill will simply reward  those who have entered the country illegally.  Rewarding lawbreakers is not the way the American Dream is fulfilled!

The vote in the Senate on S744 may come as early as today!

Action Steps

Go to our ACTION CENTER to contact Senators Bob Casey, Jr. and Pat Toomey to ask  them to vote ‘NO’ on this outrageous bill.

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