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Why immigration reform bill is a disaster

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Joe Guzzardi

Posted: Friday, May 31, 2013 10:35 am

By all accounts New York Senator Chuck Schumer is one of the most adept Capitol Hill politicians. Schumer should be good at his job; he’s been at it for 33 years.

First elected to the House of Representatives in 1980, Schumer ascended to the Senate in 1999. During Schumer’s 12 years in the Senate, he’s served on the finance, banking and judiciary committees. Beltway insiders claim that along his path to success, Schumer mastered the politicking art.

But the insiders must be wrong. A supposedly skilled politician advocating for one of his most beloved causes, comprehensive immigration reform, could never write and sponsor a bill that will struggle to pass the Democratic controlled Senate and, if it ever reaches the House, would be dead on arrival.

The Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, S. 744, is a monstrous 1,076 pages, up from 867 pages pre-committee mark up which in turn was increased from its original 844 pages. Schumer’s biggest problem in selling his bill isn’t it imposing, unreadable length but its destructive contents. Earlier this year when the Gang of Eight was drafting the bill behind closed doors, Schumer and his gangster colleagues promised that border security would be first and foremost before a single illegal alien became legalized. Schumer also pledged that the aliens would pay back taxes, fees and learn English, all of which turned out to be bold-faced lies.

S. 744’s final 1,076 page version, the one that will be debated next week, contains no true border security provisions. During the three week mark-up process, Schumer beat back Senators Ted Cruz, Jeff Session and Chuck Grassley’s amendments to secure the border. In fact, the Committee defeated every amendment that was designed to show good faith to the public by requiring some enforcement before giving amnesty benefits.

What is in the bill will be tough to sell to the public. Within a decade, S. 744 will authorize 33 million work permits to foreign-born visa holders — more than the total number of visas issued from 1972 to 2012— plus millions more guest workers and their families.The Judiciary Committee refused to acknowledge the bill’s devastating consequences on 20 million unemployed or under-employed Americans who have struggled through years of wage stagnation and can’t find a job in the midst of the current labor glut.

The committee also rejected attempts to speed up a mandatory E-Verify system that would insure that all U.S. employees are legally authorized to work. E-Verify is crucial to end the jobs magnet that draws thousands of illegal aliens to America. States were denied the option having a faster time-table on mandatory E-Verify than the five year minimum the bill sets for the federal government. Because of ambiguities and loopholes in the language, even the five year federal provision is squishy.

Finally, the committee refused to require electronic monitoring for guest-workers in the new W visa program for low-skilled overseas employees to ensure they leave when their visas expire.

Those are only some of S. 744 most glaring flaws. Schumer promised that “the bill will pay for itself.” But according to the Heritage Foundation’s Robert Rector, the taxpayer’s net cost will reach $6.3 trillion. As for Schumer’s guarantee that back taxes will be satisfied and English learned, those turned out to be more lies. Nowhere in 1, 076 pages of legislation are taxes or language mentioned.

S. 744 is great for cheap labor seeking employers, unions that want to shore up their dues-paying base, ethnic-identity lobbyists who want to wield more power, immigration lawyers and, of course, the aliens themselves.

But for American workers and taxpayers who want to protect the nation’s sovereignty, S. 744 is a disaster that the Senate must vote down.

Joe Guzzardi retired from the Lodi Unified School District in 2008. He lives in Pittsburgh. Contact Joe at guzzjoe@yahoo.com

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  • Andrew Liebich posted at 4:43 pm on Fri, Jun 7, 2013.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    It's Wasserman...[rolleyes]

  • Andrew Liebich posted at 4:42 pm on Fri, Jun 7, 2013.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    According to the immigration reform bill, any illegal immigrant who’s been in the U.S. since on or before December 31, 2011, may apply for provisional status. Assuming he or she meets all of the legal requirements along the way, within 13 years he or she may be granted lawful permanent resident status.

    During that 13-year time frame the immigrant must be employed by a U.S. employer and must be able to provide proof of employment.

    Under Obamacare, employers with more than 50 employees are required to either provide healthcare benefits or pay a $3,000 fine every time one of their workers has to subscribe to Obamacare’s insurance exchange subsidies.

    However – and here’s the catch – during that 13-year interim period, the immigrant is not eligible for any federal benefits, which includes Obamacare. So the employer doesn’t have to provide healthcare benefits because the illegal immigrant couldn’t apply for Obamacare subsidies if he wanted to.

    How does this affect the average American? Obviously, employers will save money when they hire an illegal because they won’t have to provide health insurance.

    Scarier still, they can actually afford to offer higher wages to illegals so they can hire them in place of legal American citizens.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:28 am on Mon, Jun 3, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    You do realize that your post makes absolutely no sense, right Mr. Dockter?

  • Brian Dockter posted at 10:43 am on Sun, Jun 2, 2013.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2857


    I made a statement that LaRaza, which consists of mostly legal Hispanics in the U.S, by the way, supports Arpaio's removal. But I never said all legal Hispanics are opposed to Arpaio's removal. Keep telling yourself that it's all legal Hispanics, Ms. Bobin. But it's just not the case.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 8:36 am on Sun, Jun 2, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Still waiting.....

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 8:33 am on Sun, Jun 2, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    And that's why the "legal" Hispanic community was the group that wanted him prosecuted for profiling, right?

    Keep telling yourself that, Mr. Dockter, it might make you feel better about supporting the face of racism in Arizona.

  • Brian Dockter posted at 7:52 am on Sun, Jun 2, 2013.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2857

    Ms. Bobin,

    Sheriff Arpaio is well liked in the legal Hispanic community. Otherwise he wouldn't have been re-elected so many times. Furthermore, legal Hispanics continue to be very vocal about the suppression of wages because of Illegal Hispanics. It seems to me if Arpaio is such a racist why are there groups for open borders such as LaRaza making these complaints?

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 12:06 pm on Sat, Jun 1, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Give me an example.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 6:02 am on Sat, Jun 1, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Joe Arpaio was just convicted of profiling by a federal judge.

    Too bad he won't be removed from office and/or jailed for his crimes and abuse of power.

    He should rot in hell.

  • Brian Dockter posted at 7:47 pm on Fri, May 31, 2013.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2857

    I've often wondered if Ms. Bobin's middle name is Fillibuster[unsure]

  • Brian Dockter posted at 7:44 pm on Fri, May 31, 2013.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2857

    Ms Bobin stated,

    The article, an exact mirror of the February Guzzardi column, accuses NOT Schumer, but MARCO RUBIO of the exact same transgressions that Guzzardi accused Schumer of committing in his February column.

    Ms. Bobin acts as if SHE has never backpeddled

  • Brian Dockter posted at 7:41 pm on Fri, May 31, 2013.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2857

    Ms. Bobin stated,

    Let's get to the CORE of the problem - corrupt corporations who are lobbying equally corrupt politicians to bring low-paid workers here.

    -Horse Manure!Q If the likes of Ms. Bobin were really interested in counteracting the problem above they wouldn't be villifying not only Joe Guzzardi but Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio too. Intstead they just make up reasons why they don't back their play such as they are playing politics. Yet it is the very people like Ms. Bobin who are playing the politics that causes all the gridlock.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 7:03 pm on Fri, May 31, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    it is very interesting that things at Californians for Population Stabilization change so quickly. Back in February, Joe Guzzardi, (http://www.capsweb.org/content.php?id=1918) in this referenced article, was accusing Chuck Schumer of "throwing Marco Rubio under the bus," but today, CAPS (Joe Guzzardi's patron organization) is throwing Marco Rubio under the bus (http://pn.newsblaze.com/story/2013052310200200002.pnw/topstory.html).

    The article, an exact mirror of the February Guzzardi column, accuses NOT Schumer, but MARCO RUBIO of the exact same transgressions that Guzzardi accused Schumer of committing in his February column.

    What's up Joe? Can't decide who the real "bad guy" is?

    Why not go after the corporate interests who are insisting that they cannot find "qualified" American citizens to fill all of these jobs? Their main goal is to hire candidates who they can pay less than 2/3's of the salary that American citizens would earn.

    Let's get to the CORE of the problem - corrupt corporations who are lobbying equally corrupt politicians to bring low-paid workers here.

    Guzzardi is attempting to make this a Democrat vs. Republican problem.

    What a joke.


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