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    There’s no such thing as a free immigration amnesty

    There’s no such thing as a free immigration amnesty

    Amnesty, and particularly citizenship, for people who broke the law to get here is bad policy because it rewards law breakers and advantages them over law abiders.

    It’s also very costly, as a study released by the Heritage Foundation demonstrates, The Fiscal Cost of Unlawful Immigrants and Amnesty to the U.S. Taxpayer:

    Executive Summary

    Unlawful immigration and amnesty for current unlawful immigrants can pose large fiscal costs for U.S. taxpayers. Government provides four types of benefits and services that are relevant to this issue:

    • Direct benefits. These include Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, and workers’ compensation.
    • Means-tested welfare benefits. There are over 80 of these programs which, at a cost of nearly $900 billion per year, provide cash, food, housing, medical, and other services to roughly 100 million low-income Americans. Major programs include Medicaid, food stamps, the refundable Earned Income Tax Credit, public housing, Supplemental Security Income, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
    • Public education. At a cost of $12,300 per pupil per year, these services are largely free or heavily subsidized for low-income parents.
    • Population-based services. Police, fire, highways, parks, and similar services, as the National Academy of Sciences determined in its study of the fiscal costs of immigration, generally have to expand as new immigrants enter a community; someone has to bear the cost of that expansion.

    The cost of these governmental services is far larger than many people imagine. For example, in 2010, the average U.S. household received $31,584 in government benefits and services in these four categories.

    The full report is here.

    Bottom line —  $6.3 trillion.

    Heritage Foundation Chart 12 - Lifetime Cost of Unlawful Immigrants After Amnesty

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    Doug Wright | May 6, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    The following would provide better control over the illegal population than anything else:

    1. E-Verify every employee, no exceptions allowed. The catch is that the E-Verify process needs to “fail proof.” The Social Security number is now, almost, the one way that each of us can be identified, so use that as a basis for this E-Verify process.
    If we can have a secure and reliable process, then the border itself is of less importance except as the demarcation line separating us from other countries; Canada, Mexico, Russia, Mars, etc …

    2. Make the penalties for misusing this E-Verify process so onerous and costly that business will not evade it and attempt to go around it. Additionally, make individual employees who run the process for their company individually responsible to submitting accurate and timely information, and subject to most severe penalties too. Congress should then legislate that SCOTUS may not rule on the severity of these penalties or the application of these penalties therefrom.

    3. People caught using phony documentation need to pay a severe penalty, including immediate deportation for those not a legal resident, or severe prison or financial penalties for people trying to evade income taxes.

    The whole concept of securing the border is wonderful and should be done.

    However, no border control process will catch everyone of those trying to sneak into our country. That’s why I believe that the key to stopping illegal immigration is the employment verification process. That’s why the E-Verify process has to be nearly error free and to be a reliable and trusted process, for its intended use and only for that.


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