Very slowly, more and more Members of Congress are starting to look at the practical consequences of the Senate Gang of Eight's broad proposals for a "path to citizenship" for some 11 million illegal aliens. Elected officials have to be forced to consider that a better phrase would be that they are being asked to provide the 11 million immigration lawbreakers a "path to welfare, chain migration and U.S. jobs," all to the detriment of American workers and taxpayers.
Almost nobody in the news media has yet raised the question of why it is not absurd to be talking about massive amnesty and increase in green cards for mostly lower-skilled foreign workers during a time of budget deficit crisis and high unemployment.
Thousands of voters today began sending petition faxes through NumbersUSA to their elected officials opposing the Gang of Eight's amnesty ideas.
The message of the faxes is: Combined with current laws, the legalization would be a pathway to massive new welfare expenditures, job competition, chain migration and more illegal immigration.
Voters are using NumbersUSA tools to tell their elected officials that they need to deal with four hard truths about the Gang of Eight's amnesty:
- It would cost trillions of dollars in extra government spending on social services.
- It would immediately put millions of illegal aliens in front of the employment line to hold or take U.S. jobs while 20 million Americans who want a full-time job can't find one.
- It would allow amnestied aliens to begin endless chains of relatives to come and add further competition for jobs and government resources.
- It would immediately legalize 11 million illegal aliens without requiring triggers that fully implement enforcement first. The previous seven amnesties between 1986 and 2000 had no enforcement triggers and served only to entice 11 million new illegal immigrants who now demand their own amnesty.
ROY BECK is Founder & CEO of NumbersUSA