Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Hagel & Martinez: You do the math because, obviously, we can’t
Bill permits 193 million more aliens by 2026

The Senate immigration reform bill would allow for up to 193 million new legal immigrants -- a number greater than 60 percent of the current U.S. population -- in the next 20 years, according to a study released yesterday.

"The magnitude of changes that are entailed in this bill -- and are largely unknown -- rival the impact of the creation of Social Security or the creation of the Medicare program," said Robert Rector, senior policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation who conducted the study.

Although the legislation would permit 193 million new immigrants in the next two decades, Mr. Rector estimated that it is more likely that about 103 million new immigrants actually would arrive in the next 20 years.

Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican who conducted a separate analysis that reached similar results, said Congress is "blissfully ignorant of the scope and impact" of the bill, which has bipartisan support in the Senate and has been praised by President Bush.

"This Senate is not ready to pass legislation that so significantly changes our future immigration policy," he said yesterday. "The impact this bill will have over the next 20 years is monumental and has not been thought through."

The 614-page "compromise" bill -- hastily cobbled together last month by Republican Sens. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and Mel Martinez of Florida -- would give illegal aliens who have been in the U.S. two years or longer a right to citizenship. Illegals who have been here less than two years would have to return to their home countries to apply for citizenship...
Think about that for a minute. The longer an illegal has been here, defrauding taxpayer funded social services and undercutting the American wage structure, the better his chances of becoming a citizen. That’s exactly what this country needs, citizens with a history of calculated lawlessness; an ethos no doubt imbued in their children. And which of the forged documents in the possession of the ‘undocumented worker’ will be acceptable proof of date-of-illegal-entry for the rocket scientists at Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE)? Several advocates of the sufficiently-ripened-illegal-alien theory of citizenship promote the idea that ICE can rely on the date of utility bills paid in the past. So are we to believe that “people living in the shadows” have filed away their utility bills from two or more years ago? Will it become the responsibility of America’s utility companies to vouch for an alien’s illegal-entry-date? Perhaps Congress should immediately enact a law that mandates that all utility companies henceforth retain all their available billing data for an indeterminate period of time, until the government can sort the situation out.

Ah, but there is yet another document, with a date and time stamp no less, which establishes an illegal alien’s time in ‘the shadows’: the birth certificate(s) of the children of illegal(s) born in the United States. Of course there is no way of knowing if the name of the parent(s) on the certificate are legitimate as there is also no telling what, if any, genuine documentation was provided to the government records division that issued the birth certificate.

Back to the article…
Although that "amnesty" would be granted to about 10 million illegals, the real growth in the immigrant population would come later.

As part of the bill, the annual flow of legal immigrants allowed into the U.S. would more than double to more than 2 million annually. In addition, the guest-worker program in the bill would bring in 325,000 new workers annually who could later apply for citizenship.

That population would grow exponentially from there because the millions of new citizens would be permitted to bring along their extended families. Also, Mr. Sessions said, the bill includes "escalating caps," which would raise the number of immigrants allowed in as more people seek to enter the U.S.

"The impact of this increase in legal immigration dwarfs the magnitude of the amnesty provisions," said Mr. Rector, who has followed Congress for 25 years. He called the bill "the most dramatic piece of legislation in my experience."

Mr. Rector based his numerical projection on the number of family members that past immigrants have sponsored.

Immigration into the U.S. would become an "entitlement," Mr. Sessions said. "The decision as to who may come will almost totally be controlled by the desire of the individuals who wish to immigrate to the United States rather than by the United States government."

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