FLORIDA, June 25, 2013 — The Gang of Eight’s much-touted comprehensive immigration reform bill — officially titled the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act — does not match up to its hype, according to a recent analysis by the Congressional Budget Office.
The Center for Immigration Studies, one of America’s leading think tanks on immigration-related issues, has released a downloadable version of this report. The organization has also summarized some of its finer points: “CBO projects 4.8 million new illegal immigrants and their U.S.-born children will be living in the country by 2023 if the bill becomes law, compared to 6.4 million without it – a mere 25% reduction in future illegal immigration (page 23).”
This is only for starters. The CBO has found that “[i]n the first ten years after the passage of S.744, new illegal immigration will add nearly 500,000 illegal residents and their children to the U.S. population each year” and “7.5 million new illegal immigrants and their U.S.-born children will be in the country if the bill passes, compared to 10 million without the bill, so even in the very long term S.744 only reduces illegal immigration by 25% (page 23).”
Rather than leave the CBO’s findings even somewhat ambiguous, the CIS points out that “the 4.8 million new illegal immigrants and their children in the country by 2023 and the 6.4 million by 2033 are new arrivals, plus the children they will have once here.
“One of the reasons that illegal immigration will remain so high, according to CBO, is the bill itself will encourage illegal immigration. CBO states, “aspects of the bill would probably increase the number of unauthorized residents – in particular, people overstaying their visas issued under the new programs for temporary workers”(page 23).”
Unfortunate as this scenario might seem, America’s future could be far worse if the Gang of Eight gets its way. That is due to not a single one “of the costs associated with the 4.8 million illegals and their children in 2023 or the 7.5 million in 2033 [being] considered by CBO because they are assumed to be part of the “baseline” costs that would exist anyway. CBO only “scores” changes from the baseline. Thus, the projected slight fall off in illegal immigration (25%) is scored as a positive by CBO, no matter how large the actual costs of new illegal immigrants and their children.”
It appears that illegal immigration has literally left this nation’s socioeconomic well-being in the balance.
“The so-called Gang of Eight immigration plan now being considered by the Senate fails to live up to every major promise made by its sponsors,” U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama recently wrote in an opinion piece for the Los Angeles Times.
“Far from improving the immigration system, their 1,000-page proposal would exacerbate many of its flaws. It would dangerously undermine future enforcement while imposing substantial burdens on taxpayers and taking jobs and pay from U.S. workers.”
Forget the conservative movement; illegal immigration isn’t simply a matter of left-versus-right.
Rather, it is about securing our country’s job supply, protecting the interests of its labor force, preventing wages from being driven down, and negating the tidal force of multiculturalism — which threatens to take an insurmountable toll on the norms and values which have made America great.
“It is a myth that immigrants only take those jobs that Americans no longer want and therefore do not compete with American workers,” Californians for Population Stabilization executive director Jo Wideman pointed out earlier in the year.
“Excessive immigration is responsible for unemployment, underemployment and depressed wages and working conditions, not just for the working class (e.g., janitors, dry-wall hangers, gardeners and construction workers) but increasingly, for high-tech professions, such as IT and engineering, as well.”
“There is a common misperception that immigration laws exist to facilitate the orderly admission of foreign nationals who would like to live in the U.S.,” Dan Stein, the president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, explained last summer. “In reality, immigration laws exist to protect the vital interests of the people of the United States and, only then, to ensure the orderly admission of people we choose to open our doors to.”
The bottom line is that the American people deserve far more than than deceptive and destructive legislation such as the Gang of Eight’s monstrosity. By recognizing this, we can all work toward a brighter future for the land of the free and the home of the brave.
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