Immigration amnesty bill would instantly put millions on welfare

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May 10th, 2013

by J.D. Heyes

At a time when the U.S. government is spending a trillion dollars more a year than it takes in, it makes no sense at all for our elected leaders to be considering any legislation that adds to the federal deficit, which is already more than 100 percent of our entire gross domestic product.

And yet, that’s exactly the kind of legislation dominating the discussion and debate in Washington, D.C. What’s worse, the people who would benefit from this new, costly legislation, aren’t even American citizens.

It doesn’t get any more insane than this.

The new “immigration reform” bill making the rounds in our nation’s capital is nothing more than an amnesty for 95 percent of the illegal immigrants currently in our country (no, they’re not “undocumented migrants” or “undocumented workers” – don’t let others steal the language and define the debate).

What’s more, according to Breitbart News, the bill, if passed, would completely overwhelm the nation’s social system because the vast majority of these newly legalized criminals would become eligible for taxpayer-supported welfare benefits.

Did I not tell you this is insane?

‘Illegal immigrants will be able to access all public benefit programs at a great cost to taxpayers’

Per Breitbart:

The immigration bill introduced to the Senate a week and a half ago would, if passed, allow illegal immigrants to access state and local welfare benefits immediately. … The financial impact of allowing potentially millions of immigrants onto state and local public assistance could overwhelm these programs’ budgets.

The ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., found the welfare loophole in the mammoth, nearly 900-page bill, as well as several others that has circulated in a memo, which was obtained exclusively by Breitbart in advance.

“The Gang of Eight made a promise that illegal immigrants will not be able to access public benefits,” Sessions said in a statement to Breitbart News. “We already know that, once granted green cards and ultimately citizenship, illegal immigrants will be able to access all public benefit programs at a great cost to taxpayers. We have, however, identified a number of loopholes that would allow illegal immigrants to draw public benefits even sooner than advertised.”

If you’ve not heard anything about this little hidden loophole, once again you can – and should – chastise the echo-chamber, far-left mainstream media, which has systemically failed to ask probing questions regarding this massive bill.

If the measure becomes law as is, the nation’s 11 to 14 million illegal aliens would be legalized within a half a year – when Secretary Janet Napolitano, head of the Department of Homeland Security (the agency responsible for the border) submits her border security plan to Congress.

“Illegal immigrants would immediately be eligible for Registered Provisional Immigration (RPI) status, making them legal to live and work in the country,” Breitbart reported.

In his memo, Sessions said “state laws frequently extend benefits to anyone ‘lawfully present’ in the U.S.” His team noted a Department of Health and Human Services brief which says the only requirement a number of state and local governments have with regard to the ability for immigrants to gain access to public benefits is that they be “lawfully present,” a term that is a legal definition.

Creating lifelong Democrats

Page 91 of the amnesty bill says that all illegal immigrations given RPI status shall be “lawfully present” in the country:

(4) TREATMENT OF REGISTERED PROVISIONAL IMMIGRANTS. – A noncitizen granted registered provisional immigrant status under this section shall be considered lawfully present in the United States for all purposes while such noncitizen remains in such status…
Sessions’ staff further notes that, when evaluating whether an illegal immigrant qualifies for RPI status, the amnesty bill “explicitly forbids” DHS from using current law, which presently blocks entry to any illegal immigrant who could become “public charges - that is, someone who would become dependent upon taxpayer-supported welfare programs.

“Therefore, when those here illegally who are unable to support themselves are legalized, much of the immediate fiscal burden will fall on state and local governments,” Sessions’ staff said in the memo.
‘Gang of Eight’ didn’t negotiate with you, did they?

Republicans certainly have their issues when it comes to controlling spending, but without question the Democrat Party is the champion of big government. The reason why so many of them support this “immigration reform” bill is because it would essentially create millions of new constituents.

What’s more, this “Gang of Eight” has negotiated this bill primarily with two major interest groups – Big Labor and Corporate America. Other groups were there as well – some religious organizations, for instance – but do you know who was missing from that table?

You, Mr. and Mrs. America, that’s who. And yet it is you who will be called upon to pay for and support this egregious violation of sovereignty.

Like Obamacare, this bill was also negotiated in secret, is a mile long, and is now being foisted on the whole of Congress for a quick up-or-down vote on it, before anyone has a chance to dissect it or debate it. That’s not a “republican form of government,” that is democratic tyranny, period.

Well, the word is out now. This bill doesn’t “reform” immigration law, it creates a new class of voters for one particular party, puts the country further in debt and rewards lawbreakers who are now openly demanding we cater to them.

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