Monday, July 03, 2006

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act Will Increase Mass Immigration


What would you think about an immigration reform act that would provide amnesty for illegal immigrants, double "chain" migration, increase the number of "refugee" women, double legal immigration, failed to address the "anchor baby" problem, and increase the percentage of foreign-born residents to an unprecedented 18%. You'd call it a sellout. However, the United States Senate calls it the "Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act", and recently passed it, 62-36. And yes, fellow Alaskans, Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski both voted for it. Click here for the full story from

Most polls show that by a ratio of about 4-1, Americans would prefer less immigration, not more. But the Senate bill would do just the opposite. The original bill would have allowed as many as 100 million people to legally immigrate to the United States over the next 20 years. We're talking about a seismic shift of unprecedented proportions.

Facing criticism, the Senate has amended the bill - which now would allow "only" 61 million new immigrants. That still more than doubles the current legal immigration rate, from 1 million a year now to 2.5 million.

Current law would let 19 million legal immigrants enter the United States over the next 20 years; the Senate immigration bill would add an extra 42 million. Why such extraordinary growth? Consider how the new law would work.

Under the Senate bill, immigrants could enter or attain lawful status within the country through nine channels. In each channel, immigrants would gain permanent residence and the right to become citizens.

Under current law, about 950,000 persons now get permanent-residence visas every year. Over 20 years, the inflow of immigrants through this channel would be 19 million.

Amnesty: The bill would grant amnesty to roughly 10 million illegal immigrants now living in the U.S.

Spouses/children of illegal immigrants given amnesty: Illegals who got amnesty could bring their spouses and children into the country as legal permanent residents with the opportunity for full citizenship. The resulting number of spouses and children who would enter the United States? At least 5 million.

"Family chain" migration: Today's law limits the number of kinship visas for secondary family members, such as adult brothers and sisters. The Senate bill would raise the cap on such secondary family immigration from around 230,000 to 480,000 per year, bringing in 5 million new immigrants over 20 years.

Temporary guest workers for life: The amended Senate bill would let 200,000 people enter through the guest-worker program each year. Over 20 years, that works out to a total inflow of 4 million. The "guest workers" aren't temporary at all, but could stay in the U.S. permanently and become citizens.

Spouses/children of guest workers: Guest workers could bring their spouses and children to the United States as permanent residents, adding another 4.8 million entrants over 20 years.
Worker visas for skilled specialty occupations: The Senate bill would initially double the number of specialty workers who could enter the U.S., and would then allow the number to increase by 20 percent in each subsequent year. These workers would be permitted to request permanent residence, and, in most cases, would be able to stay in the U.S. for life. More than 5.5 million legal immigrant workers could enter under these provisions over the next two decades.

Spouses/children of specialty workers: Specialty workers could bring their spouses and children to the United States as permanent residents, adding another 3 million entrants over 20 years.

Refugee women: Under the bill, an unlimited number of women who fear they may undergo "harm" as a result of their sex may enter the U.S. as refugees and become citizens. The numbers who would enter under this open-ended provision is uncertain, but 1 million over 20 years is a reasonable estimate.

Parents of naturalized citizens: The Senate bill would greatly increase the number of naturalized citizens, conferring upon each an unlimited right to bring their parents into the country as legal permanent residents. The resulting number of parents who would enter as permanent legal residents? Around 3.5 million over 20 years.

If the Senate bill became law, immigrants would rise to around 18 percent of the total U.S. population, an immigration level far higher than at any previous time in U.S. history.

Analysis: This is a cure far worse than the disease. The problem is too much immigration, period - both illegal and legal. Immigration reform means we REDUCE the number of immigrants who enter the country each year, to allow each immigrant a better chance to assimilate and succeed, to stop the economic disenfranchisement of America's working class, and to grant our overburdened public infrastructure a desperately needed "time-out" to recover from the effects of mass immgration.

Consider the impact that doubling current immigration levels would have on our infrastructure. The Anchorage School District (ASD), already struggling with the impact of an underfunded No Child Left Behind, an inflexible Title IX, a substandard 60% graduation rate, restive teachers dissatisfied with compensation, and overtaxed, skeptical voters unwilling to open the purse strings as before, would be flooded with even more foreign students. Over 90 different languages are already spoken within ASD. What about the impact on other social services, such as transportation, medical care, welfare, and housing? The environmental lobby keeps far too much land locked up to permit us to solve our housing shortage more economically and expeditiously.

It's also time to take a hard look at our two Senators. Lisa Murkowski isn't much of a problem; we should be able to scare up some real conservative opposition for her next time. However, Ted Stevens, who in so many ways has rendered an invaluable service to the state, is a tougher nut to crack. By virtue of being the "King of Pork", he's ensured that we've received a share of the pie truly commensurate not only with our state's needs, but of the inestimably greater value of Alaska to the country not only as a treasure house of raw material, but its unique strategic value as the only state sharing a common border with our former Cold War adversary, Russia. However, Ted Stevens habitually votes against our nation's economic sovereignty. He voted for NAFTA, CAFTA, and now this Immigration Act. At some point, we must decide whether Ted Stevens' repeated votes against America's sovereignty outweigh the value of the pork funnelled to our state, and, if so, have the courage to replace him (but gently, showing full regard for his contributions to our state).

All is not lost yet, however. This bill must go to the House, where it faces much tougher sledding. We must let Don Young know that we expect real immigration reform - the type that results in a DECREASE in the total number of immigrants entering the country each year. And we must ask our friends and relatives in other states to contact their House members and deliver the same message. Click here to contact Don Young.

Related Previous Posts:

The Impact Of Mass Immigration On Public Education, March 18th
Illegal Immigration In Alaska, April 8th

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