Daily Archives: June 6, 2007

There…He Said It… Immigration Legislation Creates More Problems Than it Solves

Columnist Bruce Bartlett on the illegal immigration bill before the US Senate SB 1348:

One of the things that bothers me about the immigration bill is the view held in the White House and Congress that “something” must be done; the option of doing nothing is not an option. It is my experience that when this idea takes hold, it is almost inevitable that something bad will result.
…what about the option of doing nothing? Why this is this not considered a viable option is a mystery to me. It may be the least bad alternative.

We don’t want to open the borders entirely, because that would let in a lot of riffraff. But we don’t want to close the borders entirely, either, because we need the cheap labor. So, in my opinion, the optimum is to allow some illegal immigration, but with enough enforcement to keep it under control.

It is precisely because of their illegal status that they are valuable and are willing to work cheaply. If they become legal, as the pending legislation would establish, the next thing you know they will be demanding the minimum wage, health benefits, and unions, at which point they may no longer be a net benefit to our economy, but a liability.

On another front this bill may go by the boards if Harry Reid insists on an end to debate and a vote this week. Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona is being urged (by FAIR on my show yesterday afternoon) to use this Reid maneuver to kill the bill and get out of this mess of legislation while the gettin’ is good.

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There…He Said It… Immigration Legislation Creates More Problems Than it Solves

Columnist Bruce Bartlett on the illegal immigration bill before the US Senate SB 1348:

One of the things that bothers me about the immigration bill is the view held in the White House and Congress that “something” must be done; the option of doing nothing is not an option. It is my experience that when this idea takes hold, it is almost inevitable that something bad will result.
…what about the option of doing nothing? Why this is this not considered a viable option is a mystery to me. It may be the least bad alternative.

We don’t want to open the borders entirely, because that would let in a lot of riffraff. But we don’t want to close the borders entirely, either, because we need the cheap labor. So, in my opinion, the optimum is to allow some illegal immigration, but with enough enforcement to keep it under control.

It is precisely because of their illegal status that they are valuable and are willing to work cheaply. If they become legal, as the pending legislation would establish, the next thing you know they will be demanding the minimum wage, health benefits, and unions, at which point they may no longer be a net benefit to our economy, but a liability.

On another front this bill may go by the boards if Harry Reid insists on an end to debate and a vote this week. Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona is being urged (by FAIR on my show yesterday afternoon) to use this Reid maneuver to kill the bill and get out of this mess of legislation while the gettin’ is good.

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SAY ‘NO’ TO ANCHOR BABIES

Also call your Congressman about the anchor baby bill. The following is from Numbers USA:
On April 19, Rep. Nathan Deal (R-Ga.) introduced H.R. 1940, the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2007, which would end the process of granting automatic birthright citizenship to the babies born in the United States to illegal aliens. Referred to as “anchor babies,” these children born in the United States are one of the most prominent causes of illegal immigration and, subsequently, excessive population expansion.

The 14th Amendment
This website serves to explain the original intent of the Fourteenth (14th) Amendment to the US Constitution, and how it is currently misinterpreted to give citizenship to children born in the United States of illegal alien parents.

In its spring 2005 edition, the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons cited that “[b]etween 300,000 and 350,000 anchor babies annually become citizens… In 2003 in Stockton, California, 70 percent of the 2,300 babies born in San Joaquin General Hospital’s maternity ward were anchor babies.”

These staggering figures only tell part of the story. Birthright citizenship incentivizes illegal immigration by making anchor babies eligible to sponsor their illegal alien mothers and other relatives once they turn 21. In addition, at present there is no formal policy that forbids DHS from deporting the illegal alien parents of a child born in the U.S. Yet in most cases, immigration officials habitually choose not to initiate removal proceedings, allowing the parents to remain in the U.S. illegally.

Perhaps more starkly, anchor babies draw benefits and services from taxpayer dollars. As the Journal article notes, “Anchor babies are citizens, and instantly qualify for public welfare aid…In 1994, 74,987 anchor babies in California hospital maternity units cost $215 million and constituted 36 percent of all Medi-Cal births. Now they account for substantially more than half.” This is just one more incentive for illegal immigration. Not only can the baby serve as an “anchor” to pull a large number of extended family members into the country, but he/she also can rely on the public services and benefits of the United States. Fourteen Members of Congress are co-sponsors of H.R. 1940 and more are signing up every day.

Click here to send a fax to your U.S. Representative asking him/her to cosponsor H.R. 1940.

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