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The Left's New Immigration Talking Points

Posted By Conn Carroll On May 5, 2009 @ 1:25 pm In Legal | Comments Disabled

The left has learned a lot from their past immigration losses. Responding to Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) immigration hearing last week, New Democratic Networks’ Simon Rosenberg unveils the left’s new talking points on the issue [1] and they are amazing. We’ve responded to them below:

1) Illegal Immigration and Labor Supply – Rosenberg writes:

Legalizing the five percent of the work force that is undocumented would create a higher wage and benefit floor than exists today for all workers … what you hear from some of the opponents of immigration reform is that by passing reform, all of these immigrants will come and take the jobs away of everyday Americans. But again, the undocumented immigrants are already here, working, having kids, supporting local businesses. Legalization does not create a flood of new immigrants.

Legalization absolutely would create a flood of new immigrants. The 1986 immigration reform granted amnesty to 2.7 million illegal aliens [2] and sent the message that we are not serious about enforcing our immigration laws. By 2006 the number of illegal immigrants in this country had risen to 20 million [2].

2) Illegal Immigration and Federal Deficits – Rosenberg writes:

Putting the undocumented population on the road to citizenship will also increase tax revenue in a time of economic crisis, as the newly legal immigrants will pay fees and fines, and become fully integrated into the U.S. tax-paying system.

This assumes that these individuals will not take anymore social services than they do as illegals. But with an unemployment rate of 8.5% [3] it is difficult to assume that people that are largely high-school dropouts would be able to get jobs with millions of Americans looking for work. In reality, they are more likely to be on unemployment. Furthermore, statistics that are used to show they would bring more money fail to recognize the cost of providing entitlements like Social Security and Medicare to 11 million more people—already broken systems. Overall, amnesty will cost taxpayers at least $2.6 trillion. [4]

3) Illegal Immigration and Border Violence – Rosenberg writes:

Tackling the growing influence of the drug cartels in Mexico is going to be hard, cost a great deal of money, and take a long time. One quick and early step toward calming the region will be to take decisive action on clearing up one piece of the problem — the vast illegal trade in undocumented migrants.

We do need to reform our immigration system [5]. But not through an amnesty which is what most of the left calls “comprehensive immigration reform.” We need to 1) secure the border and enforce workplace laws (2) support economic development and governance reforms in Latin America (3) reform USCIS (4) strengthen citizenship and (5) improve legal worker programs. [6]

4) U.S.-Latin American relations – Rosenberg writes:

Just as offering a new policy toward Cuba is part of establishing that it is truly a “new day” in hemispheric relations, ending the shameful treatment of Latin migrants here in the United States will go a long way in signaling that America is taking its relations with its southern neighbors much more seriously than in the past.

A fundamentally dishonest immigration policy that claims to legalize only those illegal aliens now here is no way to start a “new day” with Latin America. Building a real US-Latin America Partnership [7] takes patience and time.

5) A Clean Census – Rosenberg writes:

Passing immigration reform this year would go a long way to ensuring we have a clean and effective census count next year.

The census does need to be cleaned up. But cleaning up the census isn’t an excuse for amnesty [8].


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URLs in this post:

[1] unveils the left’s new talking points on the issue: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/simon-rosenberg/making-the-case-why-congr_b_193621.html

[2] granted amnesty to 2.7 million illegal aliens: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Immigration/wm1468.cfm

[3] unemployment rate of 8.5%: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Economy/bg2223.cfm

[4] amnesty will cost taxpayers at least $2.6 trillion.: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Immigration/wm1490.cfm

[5] We do need to reform our immigration system: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Immigration/bg2241.cfm

[6] 1) secure the border and enforce workplace laws (2) support economic development and governance reforms in Latin America (3) reform USCIS (4) strengthen citizenship and (5) improve legal worker programs.: http://www.heritage.org/Research/HomelandSecurity/bg2245.cfm

[7] US-Latin America Partnership: http://www.heritage.org/Press/Commentary/ed020909b.cfm

[8] isn’t an excuse for amnesty: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Immigration/wm1490.cfm

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