The following is by contributor James Simpson, originally published at American Thinker. It was written after cloture of S. 744 (Immigration “Modernization”) and then updated after the legislation passed the Senate.
On Monday, June 24, 2013, the U.S. Senate passed a cloture motion (which ends debate) on the Schumer-Corker-Hoeven Amendment to the Gang of Eight’s horrifying illegal alien amnesty bill – mislabeled “immigration reform.”
The true purpose of this amnesty proposal is to capture future votes for the Democratic Party. Those who do not acknowledge that blatantly obvious fact either suffer from some debilitating mental illness or are working for the other side.
On rare occasions, even the Left admit the objective. Eliseo Medina, the honorary Chair of the Democratic Socialists of America, and International Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), said in 2008:
…If we reform the immigration laws, it puts 12 million people on the path to citizenship and eventually voters. Can you imagine if we have …even two out of three, if we get 8 million new voters… we will create a governing coalition for the long term, not just for an election cycle.
The “governing coalition for the long term” refers of course to the “permanent progressive majority” Democrats have fantasized about for decades.
The number of illegals in this country is repeatedly cited as 11 million. This is almost certainly an underestimate. In reality the number is 20 to 30 million or more, according to a 2007 study in Social Contract. Bear Stearns estimatedabout 20 million in 2005. When amnesty passed in 1986, official estimates were 1.2 million illegals. There were actually 2.7 million – more than double. Within ten years, INS estimated the illegal population had grown to 10 million. It is delusional to believe the number has only increased by another 1 million in the 17 years since. Furthermore, when amnesty passes, the newly-legal aliens will invite their relatives to come, further inflating that number through chain migration.
Herein lies the real reason Democrats are slavering for this amnesty bill to pass and are tickling themselves pink that there are Republicans stupid and gullible, (or corrupt) enough to help them realize their dream. And make no mistake, an increase of 30 million in the Democrat Party voter base will guarantee Democrat majorities in the U.S. House, Senate and Presidency for the foreseeable future.
Despite the impossibly bizarre belief by some Republicans that amnesty will make illegals “like us,” a high level Congressional source recently acknowledged to me that passage of this bill will spell the end of our Republic and that we literally have only weeks to stop it. Despite House Speaker John Boehner’s somewhat ambiguous assurances, this bill is likely to get a vote in the House.
The original Gang-of-Eight bill was really bad, as became readily apparent quite quickly. The overtly fraudulent Schumer-Corker-Hoeven Amendment was offered as a fig leaf to reassure fools that the original bill — which already promised in-and-of-itself to enhance border security – would actually enhance border security. But in reality it makes things worse. The amendment:
● Legitimizes illegal immigration: Section 2302 says if you overstay your visa in the future you can still apply for a green card and become a citizen. It is permanent lawlessness… They cannot do that legally under current law!
Has no requirement to deploy technologies: The Corker amendment would give the Secretary of Homeland Security full discretion as to how technology would be deployed, or whether it would be deployed at all.
● Has no fencing requirement: Similarly, building a fence is left to the discretion of DHS. (Note: since a fencing law, with money attached, passed years ago, and has been blithely ignored by the Obama administration, the amendment simply codifies Obama’s open defiance of current law.)
● Increases fees on visas for legal immigrants, but keeps the same low fees and fines for those applying for amnesty – favoring illegal over legal immigrants. Under the Schumer-Corker-Hoeven amendment, the American taxpayers are on the hook for $38 billion. (The Gang-of-Eight claims the bill is fully funded by immigrant fees).
● Delays promised hiring of 20,000 new Border Patrol agents until somewhere between 2017 and 2021.
It gets worse still. CBO has revealed that illegal immigration will continue at about 75 percent of its current rate if the Senate bill is enacted.
Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea has additionally observed that once these 30 million or so illegals become “provisional” they will be eligible for firearms ownership, even though, as lawbreakers they are currently unable to legally possess guns. I wonder if the brilliant anti-gun crusader, Sen. Chuck Schumer considered that. No matter! Seems like the illegals can do no wrong.
The Schumer-Corker-Hoeven Amendment, by the way, is one of the factors that convinced Bill O’Reilly to support this legislation. Bill reminds us of P.T. Barnum’s timeless adage, “there’s a sucker born every minute,” but only on Fox News does one get a prime-time show, and only in the U.S. Senate do they get hailed as “moderates.”
In a conference call Monday evening, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) said that most people don’t realize this bill operates in tandem with Obamacare and amounts to de facto affirmative action for illegals. He said that Obamacare will raise the cost of American citizen or legal immigrant workers by roughly $3,000, but the amnesty bill exempts illegals. This creates an incentive to fire legitimate employees or reduce them to part-time status and replace them with illegals. He added soberly that if American people do not stand up now, no senator or group of senators has the clout to stop this thing from passing.
In this same conference call, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-OK) said that the Congressional Budget Office predicts the bill will lower wages and raise unemployment. He also said the bill doubles the number of guest workers allowed. Because approximately 40 percent of illegals here have overstayed their visas, this will increase the number of visa overstays.
But it gets even worse than this. Betsy McCaughey has pointed out other horrors:
● Similar to Obamacare’s “Navigator” requirement, this bill contains provisions for funding leftwing ACORN-like “community organizations” to teach illegal aliens about citizenship and no doubt convince them to become good Democrats while they’re at it
● All illegals would be eligible for DREAM Act in-state tuition once their application has been approved and they become “provisional residents.”
The 1993 National Voter Registration Act, aka Motor Voter, calls for voter registration at public assistance, motor vehicle and other public offices, and allows groups like ACORN to engage in voter registration activities. Is there any doubt that these community organizations will take advantage of their taxpayer funded operations to register all these budding democrats once they become eligible? Will they even wait for that?
The latest revelation finds that even illegals with two DUIs will be legalized. Illegals with more than two can also be legalized at the DHS Secretary’s discretion. It never ends.
This bill is phony, destructive and plainly self-serving for Democrats. It must be stopped.
Of course all Democrats voted to invoke cloture on the amendment. Following are the mindless (or corrupt) Republicans who went along with them:
Lamar Alexander, Kelly Ayotte, Jeffrey Chiesa, Susan Collins, Bob Corker, Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham, Orrin Hatch, Dean Heller, John Hoeven, Mark Kirk, John McCain, Lisa Murkowski, Marco Rubio, and Roger Wicker.
One Republican, Roger Wicker, who voted for the Corker Amendment, apparently got religion and bailed on the final vote. The Democrats got 68 of the 70 votes they wanted.
Now it moves to the House. This will be our last chance to kill the bill. Boehner is saying it won’t come up for a vote without majority Republican support. But some Republicans are working on a compromise. Expect a vote on something, and if it is something the Democrats can accept, it will be something we don’t want.
No matter what state you live in and whether or not your senators are Republican or Democrat, let them know just what you think of this lousy bill and their betrayal of the public interest: call 202-224-3121 and ask for your Senator.
Remember what my highly-placed source said, “passage of this bill will spell the end of our Republic and that we literally have only weeks to stop it.”