I decided to plow through this monster this morning after a cup of yummy French Roast coffee. I didn’t want to read about it; I wanted to read the legislation itself, because I like to make my own judgments about this infamous bill for which McCain, Rubio and other illegal alien fellaters betray this country.
For those of you who want to read this 1,922- page beast, have at it. You will need Adobe Reader and some Excedrin to get through it. And maybe some tequila.
I won’t go through the entire nearly 2000 page document, because I value your sanity (and mine), and because it would likely take me as long as a PhD dissertation. Instead, I’m merely going to point out some of the more problematic portions of this bill, and I’ll let you decide how you want to proceed.
Generally speaking, I have no problem with immigrants – immigrants who come here legally, meet the requirements, live off the products of their own labor, rather than the general benefits provided by this country at taxpayer expense, learn English and do not demand government services in their home language, costing the taxpayer yet more money.
I am an immigrant. My parents came here legally with nearly nothing in their pockets. We struggled to learn English for the first year, and my parents worked menial jobs – jobs that most Americans would find distasteful and beneath them. But they worked those jobs anyway – both of them with graduate degrees in engineering – because they knew that eventually they would do better.
So lest someone accuse me of being anti-immigrant, you can stick it up your asses. I’m no such thing.
I am, however, against implementing a convoluted piece of legislation to “reform” our broken immigration system, if it costs America a small fortune, and does nothing to actually reform our broken immigration system.
That’s exactly what this bill is – a waste of time and resources that won’t fix anything, and certainly will not turn the Hispanic tide to the GOP, like the clueless party leadership hopes it will. No matter what the Republicans do, they will never get an overwhelming percentage of the Hispanic vote. Sorry, GOP, but you’re idiots if you believe you can pander your way into the hearts of Hispanics. Ain’t going to happen. Hispanics prefer Democrats 2-1, and your amnesty proposals for illegals won’t change that. In 1986, Ronald Reagan gave amnesty to millions of illegals. In 1988, Hispanics gave the GOP 30 percent of their vote.
So what is it that makes the current crop of RINO dimwits think that giving amnesty to millions of illegal aliens will result in anything different?
Worse yet, what makes the current crop of RINO dimwits think that couching S.744 as somehow tough on requirements for legalization of illegal aliens will go unnoticed?
Let’s start with these supposedly “stringent” migration deterrent measures that are part of this alleged “improvement” to border security. They’re no such thing.
In any migration deterrence program carried out at a border, the Secretary and cooperating entities shall for each apprehended individual—
(A) as soon as practicable after such individual is apprehended—
(i) inquire as to whether the apprehended individual is—
(I) a parent, legal guardian, or primary caregiver of a child; or
(II) traveling with a spouse or child; and
(ii) ascertain whether repatriation of the apprehended individual presents any humanitarian concern or concern related to such individual’s physical safety; and
(B) ensure that, with respect to a decision related to the repatriation or referral for prosecution of the apprehended individual, due consideration is given—
(i) to the best interests of such individual’s child, if any;
(ii) to family unity whenever possible; and
(iii) to other public interest factors, including humanitarian concerns and concerns related to the apprehended individual’s physical safety.
The way I’m translating this is that apprehended illegal aliens at the border will be deterred and turned back from entering, unless…
…they have kids with them, and unless…
…they have another sob story.
So, they will be prevented from entering, unless…
Well, that clears it up!
This bill is chock full of such wishy-washy directives.
The physical presence requirement (p.943) – the alien must be physically present in the United States on the date on which the alien submits an application for registered provisional immigrant status, and will not meet the requirements for application for said status, unless…
… the absences are brief, casual, and innocent (well, there’s an objective criterion… NOT!). And it doesn’t even whether or not these absences were authorized.
In other words, you must be physically present in the US, unless you’re not.
Oh, and by the way, being a criminal doesn’t automatically preclude you from applying for the registered provisional immigrant status. You’re allowed to have committed three misdemeanors before you’re precluded…
…unless you get a waiver.
And by the way, the victims of the crime committed by illegal aliens don’t really have a say in whether or not the criminal illegal alien is allowed to apply for registered provisional immigrant status. The government must notify them (p.957), and the victims can protest. But the illegal alien is given legal status ultimately at the discretion of the government.
‘‘(D) CRIME VICTIMS’ RIGHTS TO NOTICE
14 AND CONSULTATION.—Prior to applying, or exercising, any authority under this paragraph, or ruling upon an application allowed under subparagraph (C) the Secretary shall—
(i) determine whether or not an alien described under subparagraph (B) or (C) has a conviction for any criminal offense;
(ii) in consultation with the agency that prosecuted the criminal offense under clause (i), if the agency, in the sole discretion of the agency, is willing to cooperate with the Secretary, make all reasonable efforts to identify each victim of a crime for which an alien determined to be a criminal under clause (i) has a conviction;
(iii) in consultation with the agency that prosecuted the criminal offense under clause (i), if the agency, in the sole discretion of the agency, is willing to cooperate with the Secretary, make all reasonable efforts to provide each victim identified under clause (ii) with written notice that the alien is being considered for a waiver under this paragraph, specifying in such notice that the victim may—
(I) take no further action;
(II) request written notification by the Secretary of any subsequent application for waiver filed by the criminal alien under this paragraph and of the final determination of the Secretary regarding such application; or
(III) not later than 60 days after the date on which the victim receives written notice under this clause, request a consultation with the Secretary relating to whether the application of the offender should be granted and if the victim cannot be located or if no response is received from the victim within the designated time period, the Secretary shall proceed with adjudication of the application; and
(iv) at the request of a victim under clause (iii), consult with the victim to determine whether or not the Secretary should, in the case of an alien who is determined under clause (i) to have a conviction for any criminal offense, exercise waiver authority for an alien described under subparagraph (B), or grant the application of an alien described under subparagraph (C).
(E) CRIME VICTIMS’ RIGHT TO INTERVENTION.—In addition to the victim notification and consultation provided for in subparagraph (D), the Secretary shall allow the victim of a criminal alien described under subparagraph (B) or (C) to request consultation regarding, or notice of, any application for waiver filed by the criminal alien under this paragraph, including the final determination of the Secretary regarding such application.
So a felon illegal alien is not eligible to receive legal status, unless the government grants a waiver, and notifies the victim of the alien’s felony that the felon is about to be granted amnesty. And if the victim objects… well… the government has the final determination anyway.
An illegal alien’s application status can be denied (I’m sure that makes you feel lots better), unless…
…the alien files an amended application (p.974)
The illegal alien will pay fees, unless…
…the government determines a fee reduction or waiver (p.996).
Illegal aliens will pay taxes and file all proper paperwork with the IRS, unless…
…they don’t have the proper paperwork, in which case they can file any of the following (all very impossible to forge, I’m sure):
(I) bank records;
(II) business records;
(III) employer records;
(IV) records of a labor union, day labor center, or organization that assists workers in employment;
(V) sworn affidavits from nonrelatives who have direct knowledge of the alien’s work or education, that contain—
(aa) the name, address, and telephone number of the affiant;
(bb) the nature and duration of the relationship between the affiant and the alien; and
(cc) other verification or information;
Hey, buddy! I’ll give you $20 to sign this paper saying that I’m working real hard at a legally obtained job and tell the feds that you’ve been my friend for years!
(VI) remittance records; and
(VII) school records from institutions described in subparagraph (D).
Yes, you must be working and/or going to school to be eligible for registered provisional immigrant status, unless…
If you’re under the age of 21 or over the age of 60, if you’re… um… slow or mentally challenged, if you are “disabled,” if you’re a dependent, if you’re on maternity leave, or have a kid and are the primary caretaker, or “unable to work due to circumstances outside the control of the alien” (how many people do you know who will admit that their unemployment is their own fault?), you’re apparently excepted (p.991).
And you must learn English (p.992)…
…unless you can’t (p.993).
Did you oppose the DREAM Act? Too bad. This bill will make it a reality starting on page 999.
Don’t want your taxpayer dollars going to private organizations that will help illegals stay here? Too bad (p.1021). These private organizations will now receive government grants (translation: your money).
And don’t forget the tons of concessions to “agricultural workers,” to include granting of permanent residence after 5 years if they prove they’ve been working not less than 100 work days of agricultural employment during each of 5 years…
…unless they weren’t.
Pregnancy, injury, severe weather, or termination of employment through no fault of their own and the inability to find another agricultural job are all exceptions to the rule.
They also have to have paid taxes and a $400 fee to the government…
…unless the government limits said fees, and it has the authority to do so.
And if employers who were hiring migrant workers think they can now have lots of cheap labor with the legalization of these illegal aliens…
…they’d better think again.
They’re required to provide benefits, such as insurance and housing. And the minimum wages mandated to be paid to agricultural workers under this law (p.1116) will dwarf nearly any state minimum wage law, as well as the federal minimum wage law of $7.25 per hour.
‘‘(3) DETERMINATION OF WAGE RATE.— ‘‘(A) CALENDAR YEARS 2014 THROUGH 2016.
—The wage rate under this subparagraph for calendar years 2014 through 2016 shall be the higher of—
(i) the applicable Federal, State, or local minimum wage; or
(ii)(I) for the category described in paragraph (2)(A)(iii)—
(aa) $9.37 for calendar year 2014;
(bb) $9.60 for calendar year 2015; and
(cc) $9.84 for calendar year 2016;
(II) for the category described in paragraph (2)(A)(iv)—
(aa) $11.30 for calendar year 2014;
(bb) $11.58 for calendar year 2015; and
(cc) $11.87 for calendar year 2016;
(III) for the category described in paragraph (2)(A)(v)—
(aa) $9.17 for calendar year 2014;
(bb) $9.40 for calendar year 2015; and
(cc) $9.64 for calendar year 2016; and
(IV) for the category described in paragraph (2)(A)(vi)—
(aa) $10.82 for calendar year 2014;
(bb) $11.09 for calendar year 2015; and
(cc) $11.37 for calendar year 2016.
(B) SUBSEQUENT YEARS.—The Secretary shall increase the hourly wage rates set forth in clauses (i) through (iv) of subparagraph (A), for each calendar year after the calendar years described in subparagraph (A) by an amount equal to—
(i) 1.5 percent, if the percentage increase in the Employment Cost Index for wages and salaries during the previous calendar year, as calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is less than 1.5 percent;
(ii) the percentage increase in such Employment Cost Index, if such percentage increase is between 1.5 percent and 2.5 percent, inclusive; or
(iii) 2.5 percent, if such percentage increase is greater than 2.5 percent.
Now, let’s look at this from a free market perspective.
People come here illegally and earn what any of us would consider a paltry salary. This is good for both employers and employees. The employers get cheap labor that allows them to sell products at prices we all find appealing. The immigrant – even though his salary is petty compared to those of us in skilled jobs – will still get a higher salary than he would have ever gotten in his home country! Why would he even come here if the pay was worse than in his country of origin, right?
With the passage of this legislation, the employers will no longer be allowed to pay paltry wages. They will be required to provide housing and benefits and wages that are higher than the minimum wage requirements in any state in this country.
Do you think they will keep more of these illegal alien workers if it’s going to cost them more to employ them, or less?
Do you think the result will be cheaper apples, or more expensive ones?
Do you think some of these employers will let these illegal alien workers go, if it becomes to expensive to employ them?
And do you think that the illegal aliens who have lost their jobs “through no fault of their own” will be able to apply for registered provisional immigrant status despite not having a job and paying taxes? You bet your ass they will!
In other words, the radio ads you hear about this bill imposing strict rules on illegal aliens about working, about paying taxes, about learning English, about going to the back of the line, about increased border security are a crock.
This bill provides comprehensive immigration reform…
…unless it doesn’t.
UPDATE: Thank you to commenter Rikkisan for pointing me to this critical video. You need to watch it, and you need to understand how bad this bill is actually is. In it, DC Caller’s Ginny Thomas interviews Former New York lieutenant governor Betsy McCaughey, who has also read this bill and who has many of the same concerns as I do, but focuses on more security-related problems in this bill.
Please, PLEASE follow the link and watch this video!
It’s as if Ms. McCaughey and I share a brain!!!