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Senate’s immigration bill would result in very different America

  • Senate’s immigration bill would result in very different America

  • 30 June 2006 by 0 Comments

Senate’s immigration bill would result in very different America
By Richard Larsen
Published 06/30/06 – Idaho State Journal

Oft times the Congress deals with issues and presents concomitant legislation that is not only significant in the present tense, but has considerable long-term implications not only governmentally, but socially and culturally. The current Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act (CIRA) that the U.S. Senate has passed is one such piece of legislation.

If enacted, the CIRA would be the most dramatic change in immigration law in over 80 years, allowing an estimated 103 million people to legally immigrate to the U.S. over the next twenty years. While the focus of such a massive migration seems to be more politically motivated than logic driven, the fiscal, cultural and social implications are staggering!

Most of the attention has been given the fact that amnesty would be essentially granted to some 11 million illegal aliens currently in the U.S. But the original version of CIRA providing for the number of legal immigrants to quintuple have been little reported. This provision alone would increase the inflow of legal immigrants from about one million per year to over 5 million per year. Current law allows for 19 million legal immigrants over the next twenty years, hence an increase of 84 million.

The President of Mexico, Vicente Fox, recently quipped that Mexico is gradually taking back what it lost during the Spanish-American War in 1948. If the Senate version of the Immigration bill becomes law, they will complete the conquista!

The President’s initial plan to create a Temporary Guest Worker Program made sense as initially proposed, for it would provide a mechanism to begin to identify and track those who are here illegally. However, the Senate bill offers amnesty and a track to citizenship of 85% of the nations’ current illegal aliens. Most of these people are here for a job, they’re not here to become Americans. Remember the huge demonstrations in Los Angeles and across the country a couple months ago? Those were not American flags they were waving!

There is an exponential escalator provision in the bill that would allow the number of “Temporary” Guest Workers entering the country each year to increase up to 20% each year. This provision could allow up to 12 million “temporary” workers into the country each year. At this 20% growth rate, a total of 70 million “guest” workers would enter the U.S. over the next two decades, and none would be required to leave.

The Senate’s idea of a “guest worker” program is no more than an open border program that would allow a virtually unlimited number of workers and dependents to the enter our country and become citizens.

Historically, between 1870 and 1920, the U.S. experienced a massive flow of immigration known as the “great migration.” During this period, foreign born persons hovered between 13 and 15 percent of the population. By 1970, that number had dropped to about 5 percent of the population . In the last three decades, immigration has increased sharply. The foreign born now comprise around 12 percent of the population. However, if CIRA is enacted, and 100 million new immigrants entered the country over the next 20 years, that figure would be closer to 25%. These new numbers dwarf the “Great Migration.”

My mother-in-law is a foreign born immigrant, who married an American G.I., immigrated to the U.S., and worked hard for her citizenship. She understands the Constitution better than I do! But so many who seek to come here are not desirous of becoming citizens; they just want to work. We have to consider the ramifications of these massive numbers. Are we simply enlarging the permanent under-class with such inflows that will further exacerbate infrastructure, health care, and education costs?

Robert Rector at the Heritage Foundation was the architect of welfare reform during the Clinton presidency. He projects that the provisions and benefits included in the Senate’s immigration bill will cost $50 to $60 billion a year to the taxpayers by the tenth year. The Congressional Budget Office confirms the $50 billion price tag in the out years, representing the largest welfare program expansion in 35 years. And that is based only on the amnesty provisions, not the provisions that will allow up to five times more people coming legally into the country than today. Mr. Rector said this legislation is a “fiscal catastrophe.”

These costs are not inclusive of the free legal counsel to illegal aliens, the in-state tuition eligibility for illegals, Stafford student loans and Federally funded work study.

On page 347 of the bill, illegal aliens taking the “temporary” worker permit approach can pay just three of the past five years taxes. And they can choose which years to pay. Interestingly, this provision alone may nix the entire plan, since revenue and taxation bills must originate in the House.

Thank heavens the House is taking its time on this. The paroxysm created by this bill could bankrupt the country and morph it demographically and culturally into something far different than what America currently is.

Richard Larsen is President of Larsen Financial, a brokerage and financial planning firm in Pocatello, and is a graduate of Idaho State University with a BA in Political Science and History and former member of the Idaho State Journal Editorial Board. He can be reached at

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