The Heritage Foundation and Senator Jeff Sessions try to blow the whistle on the Senate’s compromise immigration “reform” bill, via the Washington Times:
The Senate immigration reform bill would allow for up to 193 million new legal immigrants — a number greater than 60 percent of the current U.S. population — in the next 20 years, according to a study released yesterday.
Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican who conducted a separate analysis that reached similar results, said Congress is “blissfully ignorant of the scope and impact” of the bill, which has bipartisan support in the Senate and has been praised by President Bush.
The 614-page “compromise” bill — hastily cobbled together last month by Republican Sens. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and Mel Martinez of Florida — would give illegal aliens who have been in the U.S. two years or longer a right to citizenship. Illegals who have been here less than two years would have to return to their home countries to apply for citizenship.
As part of the bill, the annual flow of legal immigrants allowed into the U.S. would more than double to more than 2 million annually. In addition, the guest-worker program in the bill would bring in 325,000 new workers annually who could later apply for citizenship.
That population would grow exponentially from there because the millions of new citizens would be permitted to bring along their extended families. Also, Mr. Sessions said, the bill includes “escalating caps,” which would raise the number of immigrants allowed in as more people seek to enter the U.S.
“The impact of this increase in legal immigration dwarfs the magnitude of the amnesty provisions,” said Mr. Rector, who has followed Congress for 25 years. He called the bill “the most dramatic piece of legislation in my experience.”
Immigration into the U.S. would become an “entitlement,” Mr. Sessions said. “The decision as to who may come will almost totally be controlled by the desire of the individuals who wish to immigrate to the United States rather than by the United States government.”
One of the most alarming aspects of the bill, opponents say, is that it eliminates a long-standing policy of U.S. immigration law that prohibits anyone from gaining permanent status here who is considered “likely to become a public charge,” meaning welfare or other government subsidy.
This change is particularly troublesome because the bill also slants legal immigration away from highly skilled and highly educated workers to the unskilled and uneducated, who are far more likely to require public assistance. In addition, adult immigrants will be permitted to bring along their parents, who would eventually be eligible for Social Security even though they had never paid into it.
No Senator who votes for this proposal, regardless of party, should be re-elected in November. Of course, two-thirds of them don’t have to run. The House may be our only hope.