Published DateTo the editor,
Soon Congress will decide what to do about 11 to 33 million illegal aliens who are only here because politicians didn't enforce our laws and didn't keep their promises to close the border and end illegal immigration. Few other issues more clearly show the difference between government for the people and government for the special interests. Illegal aliens harm Americans in many ways, e.g., by criminal acts, by stressing schools and hospitals, by taking jobs and depressing wages, and by forcing higher taxes to fund welfare for illegal aliens and the American workers they harm.
Illegal aliens benefit businesses, government workers and their unions, criminals, politicians and various special interests.
Politicians say we need the "Gang of Eight's" Comprehensive Immigration Reforms (created with input from special interest groups but not from law enforcement (ICE)). I have a bridge to sell to anyone who believes this bill will fix the illegal alien problem or benefit most Americans.
They say illegal aliens will pay back-taxes and fines. The typical illegal alien has a 10th grade education and competes with the lowest income Americans. People with these incomes don't pay federal taxes, they get subsidies. Will they pay any meaningful fines? No. The subsidies they receive will greatly exceed any taxes or fines they pay.
Politicians say illegal aliens won't be eligible to upgrade from their limited welfare worth $14,387 (in excess of the taxes they pay) to full welfare benefits, provided by real taxpayers, worth $35,113 per household for 13 years. This won't be enforced. Illegals shouldn't get welfare now!
Politicians say illegals must go to the back of the line for citizenship. Want to bet? Politicians say their plan isn't amnesty. Maybe they're right. Rewarding, rather than penalizing, people for breaking our laws is far worse than just amnesty, it's amnesty plus!
Politicians say we can't be tough on illegal aliens because it hurts their children. Maybe they think we shouldn't imprison robbers, rapists, and murderers because it hurts their children...?
Politicians say they will build the fence and stop illegal immigration. They broke these promises before. Where is the fence they promised just a few years ago? They shouldn't get to deceive us again.
The "Gang of Eight's" Comprehensive Immigration Reform will continue to harm most Americans. It's time to stand up for American citizens, not let them be harmed to benefit illegal aliens, politicians, businessmen, and other special interest groups.
Tell Senators Ayotte and Shaheen, Congresswomen Kuster and Shea-Porter, and President Obama to reject Comprehensive Immigration Reform and all its false promises. Just close the border, stop all taxpayer provided subsidies for illegal aliens, and enforce severe penalties for knowingly employing illegal aliens.