Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is performing a public service by tweeting information about the Corker-Hoeven Amendment to S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.
If you include the Corker-Hoeven changes, the bill now runs more than 1,000 pages. The initial bill was reportedly written by the so-called Gang of Eight, but Americans do not know if this bill contained major parts written by lobbyists as ObamaCare (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) did.
Vitter is reading the bill; here are a few nuggets he’s put forth via Twitter:
─Harry Reid drew pocket aces in the #immigration agreement. Made his tourism (Vegas) promotion agency permanent. P66 of Corker-Hoeven amend.
─Pg121 of Corker amendt says illegal immigrants can keep their confiscated property. Wonder if Federales extend same courtesy to Americans?
─Page 4-6 of Corker-Hoeven-Rubio substitute of #Gangof8 bill lets wife beaters, drunk drivers, and child abusers get amnesty.
The amendment added measures on border security like a fence and increasing the number of border patrol agents—carrots in what some believe is a bill whose cost and social impact cannot be determined.
Although supporters and media touted some positives in a report by the Congressional Budget Office, most media did not report the CBO said the impacts are “uncertain” because the bill is so complicated. The CBO also said:
“[T]he actual outcomes would surely differ from these estimates in one direction or another. The projections of the budgetary impact and other effects of immigration legislation are quite uncertain because they depend on a broad array of behavioral and economic factors that are difficult to predict.”
It is a given that passage of the bill will increase competition for jobs among groups the government defines as black and/or hispanic. Both sectors are experiencing the highest levels of unemployment, with blacks at 13 percent and hispanics at 9 percent.
The Black American Leadership Alliance is protesting the bill.
The bill will likely please mega-corporations like social media giant Facebook and tech titan Google among other corporate interests in the Democrat Party.
More than 370 amendments to the bill are posted at the text summary at Thomas.gov.
A principal architect of the bill is Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) who also played a major role in the passage of the 1986 amnesty act, the Immigration Reform and Control Act. Schumer and his colleagues as well as presidents from both parties did not abide by the federal law they passed, and that led to the current explosion of an illegal population. Americans were told IRCA would fix the problem, but that, like so many others, was a promise not kept.
The Heritage Foundation said this about the amendment some self-professed conservatives are backing:
“This may all sound great on paper, but dig a little deeper and you’ll see that, just like in the language of the bill, none of the border security measures in the Corker–Hoeven amendment have to be in place until illegal immigrants with registered provisional immigrant status are to receive green cards 10 years down the road.”
Many people who have studied immigration believe an incremental approach is the only way to solve the problem and rehabilitate U.S. sovereignty. Even if S. 744 is passed and implemented, the backlog in federal bureaucracies dealing with legal immigrants and workers will still remain if not worsen.
The Corker-Hoeven amendment is named for two Republicans—Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota and Bob Corker of Tennessee.
While the attempt at border security on the parts of Corker and Hoeven is commendable, the bill itself remains a negative for the U.S. taxpayer at the local, state and national levels in our opinion. The negative impact will expand once the costly, intrusive provisions of the full ObamaCare bill are implemented.
Follow Sen. Vitter on Twitter: @DavidVitter.
(Analysis by Kay B. Day/June 22, 2013)
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