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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Heritage Foundation Weighs In On Immigration

In a chilling report, The Heritage Foundation outlines the potential (and likely) outcome of the passing of the new immigration bill now before the Senate. The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act (CIRA, S.2611), will result in a massive increase in all forms of immigration (both legal and not) over the next 20 years.
From the report:

Much attention has been given to the fact that the bill grants amnesty to some 10 million illegal immigrants. Little or no attention has been given to the fact that the bill would quintuple the rate of legal immigration into the United States, raising, over time, the inflow of legal immigrants from around one million per year to over five million per year. The impact of this increase in legal immigration dwarfs the magnitude of the amnesty provisions.


And on the "Temporary Guest Worker" part of the bill:

CIRA creates an entirely new “temporary guest worker” (H-2C) program. There is nothing temporary about this program; nearly all “guest workers” would have the right to become permanent residents and then citizens.


And further down in the piece:

The “guest worker” program, then, is an open door program, based on the demands of U.S. business, that would allow an almost unlimited number of workers and dependents to enter the U.S. from anywhere in world and become citizens. It is essentially an “open border” provision.


The adoption of this bill will make the illegal immigration problem seem small:

Legal Flow Compared to Illegal Immigration

All of the immigration discussed to this point would be legal immigration. If illegal immigration continued after enactment of S.2611, the inflow of immigrants would be even greater. Although illegal immigration is considered a major problem, the proposed legal immigration under CIRA would dwarf it numerically. The net inflow of illegal immigrants into the U.S. population is around 700,000 per year.[16] Legal immigration under CIRA would exceed five million per year, seven times the rate of the current illegal immigration flow. Annual legal and illegal immigration together now equals about 1.7 million; future legal immigration alone under CIRA would be three times this amount.


So it's now or never folks. Call your Senator. Scream at him or her over the phone if necessary. This is our worst nightmare.

I'll be back

CC

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