Today’s super-improved “border security” provisions are claimed by the Gang of 8 to be even better than yesterday’s border security measures! After we were told that the Amnesty Bill couldn’t be changed and was the greatest bolstering of border security in US history.
We were told yesterday that failing to support yesterday’s Amnesty Bill meant the end of the Republican Party. And now the bill that couldn’t be changed has somehow been improved.
Sorry. A temporary surge of order agents under the control of Janet Napolitano fails to convince the Center.
The CBO scoring shows that the Schumer/Rubio “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act” will only reduce illegal immigration by 25%, and will increase unemployment while reducing wages. In other words it will not secure the border and it will not create economic opportunity.
And we are not persuaded that the Act “modernizes” immigration, whatever that means, or that “modernization” of immigration is a pressing national issue.
CBO scoring shows that the Schumer/Rubio “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act” will only reduce illegal immigration by 25%, and will increase unemployment while reducing wages. In other words it will not secure the border and it will not create economic opportunity. And we are not persuaded that the Act “modernizes” immigration, whatever that means, or that “modernization” of immigration is a pressing national issue.
1. USA Today: WASHINGTON — The American economy would suffer some initial struggles if a Senate bill legalizing the nation’s million unauthorized immigrants becomes law, but the overall effect would be a reduction in the federal deficit, according to an analysis from the Congressional Budget Office.
But the CBO also found that the border security components in the bill would reduce illegal immigration only by 25%.
2. AP: http://news.yahoo.com/cbo-senate-immigration-bill-help-economy-010711853.html
“Not all the forecast was as favorable, though. CBO said average wages would decline through 2025 as a result of the bill, and that unemployment would go up slightly.”
From the Center:
Rahm Emanuel reminded us early in the Obama Administration that Progressives never let a “crisis go to waste . . . it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”
Government by continuing crisis, whether fact-based or by press release, is the Progressives preferred political strategy. The activists and their mainstream media allies hype a so-called crisis and then demand that the government “do something” about it. When that “something” fails, we are told that “it would have been worse” and we now must “do more.”
Unfortunately, Sen. Rubio, in pushing his Amnesty Bill, is playing the “do something” card to convince Americans that “legalization” of illegal immigrants must come before border security because “you have to do something with the people who are here illegally so we know who they are.”
Sorry, Sen. Rubio. We don’t have to “do something” about illegal immigrants other than enforce the existing law. We don’t have to “know who they are” unless it is to arrest and deport them.
In his own appearance on the Spanish-language Univision network, Mr. Rubio tried to assuage some Hispanics who fear that their legal status will be held hostage to border security. Mr. Rubio said illegal immigrants will get quick legal status and work permits regardless of whether the borders are secure — but won’t be given a full pathway to citizenship until more enforcement is imposed.
“Nobody is talking here about preventing legalization. Legalization will take place,” Mr. Rubio told Univision in an interview scheduled to air Sunday.
“First comes legalization, then comes this border security measure and then comes the permanent residency process. What we are talking about here is the permanent residency system,” Mr. Rubio said. . . . Opponents argue that giving illegal immigrants immediate legal status repeats the mistake of the 1986 amnesty, when millions were put on a quick path to citizenship but promises of tighter border security and interior enforcement went unfulfilled.