Thursday, June 01, 2006

Se Puede Get two years tax-free?

By Ann Coulter | If Congress adopts the Bush plan and gives amnesty to illegal aliens, Senate Republicans will be asking President Cheney for a pardon.

Bush wants to grant illegal aliens amnesty while sounding like he's really cracking down on them. It tells you where Americans stand on illegal immigration that Bush has to pull the Democrat trick of hiding from the public what he really believes when it comes to immigration.

The "path to citizenship" that Bush and the Senate are trying to pawn off on Americans requires that illegals pay huge fines and back taxes, with "huge" being defined as a $2,000 fine and taxes for three of the last five years. Even with the special "Two Years Tax-Free" package for illegals, this is about as likely as me paying my dad back the money I "borrowed" from him when I was in college.

We're told illegal immigrants are dying to pay taxes if only they can become citizens. Oh by the way, they also will have a panoply of government benefits available to them if they become citizens — in fact, even if they get green cards. They're probably unaware of this and are just dying to send half their paychecks to the government just like us shiftless, lazy Americans.

Inasmuch as most of these low-skilled immigrant workers are in the 0 percent tax bracket, this should be a real boon for the U.S. Treasury. Indeed, the government may end up paying the illegals money: "Let's see, Juan. According to our records, you owe us 0 percent for the past three years, and because you qualify for the earned-income tax credit, we actually owe you! Are 20s OK?"

The Senate bill also forgives illegal aliens who have committed identity theft by stealing American Social Security numbers to get jobs.

So in addition to the Two Years Tax-Free plan for illegals, they get one free felony. Also, illegal immigrants from Mexico qualify for affirmative action, allowing them to get into U.S. colleges with lower grades and scores than Americans.

What's the process for losing your citizenship and becoming an illegal alien?

However hardworking illegal immigrants are when they come here, the moment they become citizens, they will be immediately demagogued by Democrats into viewing welfare as a universal human right, just as they now view living in America.

Of course illegal immigrants will "work for less." They don't have to pay taxes at all now, and under Bush's plan they will have to pay taxes for only — at most — three of the last five years. Not only that, but illegal aliens don't require their employers to comply with OSHA regulations, overtime and minimum wage laws, unemployment insurance, disability laws, the Family and Medical Leave Act, a slew of oppressive environmental regulations, and 4 million other ways the government has developed to make it extremely expensive to hire legal employees.

Instead of creating a separate class of citizens who are immune from oppressive government rules, how about relieving all of us — even us shiftless Americans — from the cost of government?

I thought all these trade agreements the free-trade fetishists have pushed on us over the years already allowed corporations to take advantage of cheap labor in other countries — countries that don't have the panoply of oppressive government regulations that make it so expensive to hire American workers. Doesn't NAFTA already allow us to buy inexpensive goods made by Mexicans in Mexico?

In addition to discriminating against American citizens in favor of illegal immigrants, Bush wants to continue our immigration policy of massively discriminating against immigrants who live farther than walking distance from the United States. America's immigration laws are applied only to immigrants who are separated from the U.S. by an ocean. But if they live near the border and can run across it, they're in.

Even if one accepts Bush's theory that we need more immigrants to do the jobs that lazy, shiftless Americans won't do, isn't it possible that Korean immigrants, Italian immigrants or Indian immigrants would work hard too? But they can't run across the border to America, so they're out of luck. (Unless you are spokesmen for the Taliban, in which case there's a seat waiting for you at Yale.)

Since when did conservatives start encouraging people to walk more? What are we, a bunch of Al Gores now?

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

The Senate Travesty

By Rich Lowry

The Senate is being praised for its bipartisan stewardship of a "comprehensive" immigration bill to passage. Supporters of the bill never discuss it without that adjective, which is supposed to denote a courageous commitment to solving the immigration problem in its totality. What comprehensive means in this context, however, is dishonest, unworkable and radical.

The Senate bill pretends to do what it doesn't truly intend to do — tighten up enforcement — while really doing what its supporters hope no one will notice: conducting a vast social experiment that involves extending the benefits of the welfare state of the world's richest country to tens of millions of poor, uneducated inhabitants of Latin America, through the expedient of importing them into America.

The Senate bill — which the House, thankfully, is resisting — requires that a system for employers to verify the legal status of employees be created in 18 months. That sounds admirably rapid. Only it's a fantasy. The people who will be charged with meeting the deadline at the Department of Homeland Security told the Senate prior to passage that it couldn't possibly happen. The Senate went ahead anyway because what it values most is the facsimile of enforcement.

The 18-month requirement will surely be another in a long line of blown enforcement deadlines. The real intent of the senators is clear from their rejection of the idea of waiting to see enforcement measures actually implemented before doing anything else. Local law enforcement is effectively prohibited from enforcing immigration laws, and an illegal alien can't be deported so long as he has a claim to stay that is being adjudicated. This can mean an indefinite stay; claims are still being adjudicated from the 1986 amnesty.

The Senate's attitude is, to paraphrase St. Augustine's famous prayer, "Oh, Lord, give us immigration enforcement — just not yet."

The bill's supporters hate the word "amnesty," but it is apt when illegals get a green card and a path to citizenship. To avoid simply waving everyone into the U.S., the bill creates three tiers of illegals, with those here more than five years first in line for legalization. But the immigration bureaucracy can't process the work it has now, let alone sort through who got here when based on unsecure documents like utility bills.

Once illegals become citizens, they become expensive. Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation says that the Senate bill will be the largest expansion of the welfare state in 35 years. College-educated immigrants are a net fiscal benefit to the U.S., but high-school graduates are problematic, and high-school dropouts are an outright fiscal disaster. About half of illegal aliens are dropouts, and the out-of-wedlock birth rate for illegals is roughly 45 percent.

This is a population primed for welfare. Supporters of amnesty argue that illegal aliens aren't a drag because they hold jobs. But our welfare and tax systems are geared to providing support to exactly such low-income workers. Rector points out that a family making less than $40,000 a year essentially pays nothing in income taxes, thanks to various tax benefits. The median income for high-school dropouts in the U.S. is $22,000 a year for men and $12,000 a year for women.

So, the new citizens created by the Senate bill will disproportionately be on the receiving end of all the means-tested welfare programs that go to people at the bottom of the income scale, at a cost of $580 billion a year. The Senate bill will legalize 10 million immigrants, allow them to bring their parents, and import millions more low-skilled workers through a guest-worker program. Rector estimates that the annual cost of the Senate bill — which he says will bring an astonishing 60 million people into the U.S. over 20 years — will eventually reach $50 billion a year.

That's the final indignity. Not only will your lawmakers engage in an unconvincing pretense of enforcement as they pass their amnesty — you have to pay for the privilege.

Sunday, August 28, 2005


It is essential that this website not be misconstrued as something it is not. As rightful citizens of this country we have a God given right to protect it and all of its citizens. The current invasion of illegal immigrants is not something we can tolerate much longer. The federal government has completely ignored this problem. I am of the opinion that if we can shame the people responsible they will do what we taxpayers are paying them to do, enforce the immigration laws already in the books. I’m going to need your help, not financially, but in other ways, such as calling the people responsible for enforcing our laws. I will also need your help in making sure this website is made available to all who are interested in getting back our jobs which have been so undercut by illegal aliens, and to stop companies that I will point out, from continuing the practice of hiring illegals.

I’ve been told that I will be assassinated if I do this. There is a lot of money riding on this and maybe some companies, if we are effective, will go out of business, let the chips fall where they may. May God bless me, my family, and all of you.

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