So a tentative compromise has been reached in the Senate regarding new legislation regarding illegal immigrants. Apparently, legal status will be granted to the 12-20 million illegal immigrants in this country. In return, border security is going to be strengthened, and a "temporary worker" program will begin soon after that...with upwards of 400,000 of these "temporary workers" each year.
On the good side, mandatory documentation for all workers and if a temporary worker is told to leave the country, they cannot apply for greencards and permanent residency.
Lets talk about a key aspect of this...we're talking about legislation that will cost our country an extra $2.5 trillion dollars in social security and health care benefits to these newly-legalized immigrants when they reach retirement age.
Oh yeah, and that extra $2.5 trillion...it comes out of your wallet and mine.
Today, Rep. Brian Bilbray(R-Ca) pretty much summed up the feelings of many people when he stated, “The ‘compromise’ announced today by Senator Kennedy will reward 12 million illegal immigrants with a path to citizenship – what part of illegal does the Senate not understand? Any plan that rewards illegal behavior is amnesty. You would think that the Senate would have learned their lesson after the 1986 amnesty debacle, but it looks like their idea of a ‘compromise’ is to repeat the failed policies of the past.”
I'm not happy with this bill, despite the fact that a large number of Republicans and pretty much all of the Democrats (not to mention George W. Bush) are ready to push this bill through the Senate and right to Bush's desk. Bush wants to have this done and signed into fruition by the end of the summer.
This didn't work in 1986, and it sure as hell isn't going to work now. Strengthen border security FIRST, then we can talk about possible amnesty for those who haven't committed any other crimes since they came into this country illegally. It completely angers me that 12-20 million people come into this country illegally, and they simply get a free pass...while people like my mother and my grandparents did everything the proper and legal way. This kind of legislation spits in the eye of my family's legacy of dignity and respect for the United States of America.
On the campaign front, this will KILL John McCain's attempt at the GOP Presidential nomination, as conservatives are not going to support him after this...and you'll see Mitt, Rudy, and Fred Thompson all separate themselves from McCain at the top of the leaderboard, as all 3 will undoubtedly come out against this bill. The unfortunate thing is, none of them reside in the Senate or the White House at this time.
Conservatives/Republicans...take action, called 202-225-3121 and ask for the offices of Mitch McConnell, Trent Lott, or John Kyl. Those are the 3 leaders of the Senate GOP. Tell them this is not the way to go.