Amnesty 2019, A Faster Path to the Voting Booth

The left has been working overtime this year to push their left-wing agenda. If attempting to destroy voting integrity, religious liberty, and freedom of speech, or joining arms with RINOs to confiscate firearms wasn’t bad enough, they now have introduced another Amnesty bill

HR 6, The American Dream and Promise Act, introduced on March 12, 2019 by Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), and Yvette Clarke (D-NY), is a remix of some golden oldies from the Obama era.  With 210 Democrats already on board there is little doubt it will pass the House.  The real battle will be in the Senate because a number of RINOs, that include Cory Gardner of Colorado, Susan Collins of Maine, Marco Rubio of Florida, and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, have never seen an amnesty bill they didn’t like.  

HR 6 is the latest version of the two decades old, but elusive, DREAM Act remixed to include even more people with an even shorter path to the Democratic voting booth.   It will provide conditional legal status and work permits for 10 years to most illegals over the age of 18 or who claim to have entered the country before reaching 18 and who have been in the country continuously during the 4 years immediately prior to enactment of the bill.

To receive the amnesty, illegal must have been accepted to a U.S. institution of higher learning, obtained a high school diploma or GED, or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.  They must be free of any felony conviction and have no more than 3 misdemeanor convictions where the aggregate jail time was 90 days or longer.

Once granted amnesty, illegal aliens can receive a green card and a lifetime work permit after receiving they get a degree from a U.S. institution of higher learning; or by completing 2 years of schooling in pursuit of a 4-year degree; or serving in the military for 2 years to 4 years; and they must work 75% of the time for 3 years after receiving a work permit.

In addition, hundreds of thousands of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients and Liberian immigrants covered by the Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) will receive permanent lawful status if they have been in the country for more than 3 years. The Amnesty bill will also make it harder for the Department of Homeland Security to end TPS designations.  Citizens from 12 countries are currently eligible for the designations.

According to the Migration Policy Institute, there are 2.3 million illegal aliens who currently meet the age, residency, and education requirements. Based on past estimates from MPI, there could be an additional 1 million plus who currently meet the age and residency requirements.

Cycles of poorly regulated immigration followed by amnesties takes advantage of people who try to play by the rules.  Amnesty rewards an underbelly of traffickers and employers who rely on shady dealings and make honest competition virtually impossible in some sectors.  It obscures important conversations about thoughtful, legal immigration, which can play a critical role in innovation, and in protecting human rights, both at home and abroad.

These so-called “Dreamers” are mostly adults.  Actually, only 22% of them are even below the age of 25 according to the Department of Homeland Security. Moreover, there are “Dreamers” as old as THIRTY SIX eligible under the largely unverifiable requirements of the program. So we’re not talking about kids and we’re not talking about children. In some cases we’re talking about people who’ve spent more than a decade knowingly breaking our immigration laws as adults. Why would we want to give amnesty to someone like that?

When you reward lawbreaking with amnesty, you get more lawbreaking. When Obama announced his DACA policy, a surge of illegal children came over the border. The same thing would happen again if we legalize young illegals, except it would be much more sustained. After all, if we’re actually changing the law so that young illegals will get to stay, why wouldn’t every illegal bring his kid? That’s especially true since we have an immigration system that rewards family ties, not merit. Bring the kid over today and even if you are kicked out now, he’ll get to stay and bring you in later.

Either we’re going to enforce the law or we’re going to have this exact same problem down the road, except even worse. President Ronald Reagan was suckered into a “one-time” amnesty (IRCA) for some 2.7 million illegals in return for promises of border security that was never delivered. Since the passing of the IRCA,  another 3.5 million illegal aliens have received amnesty.   The IRCA was supposed to wipe the slate clean and instead it has led to the current situation of 12 to 30 million plus illegals living in this country and perhaps another million amassing on our border.

If the United States grants amnesty to those who were brought here illegally by their parents without first enforcing our immigration laws, without first securing our southern border, we will have to deal with this problem again in the not so distant future. 

How can Republicans in Congress be so stupid as to learn nothing over the last 30 plus years?  Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice, shame on us.

“Amnesty is a big billboard, a flashing billboard, to the rest of the world that we don’t really mean our immigration laws.”   Richard Lamm;

5 Reasons “Dreamers” Shouldn’t Be Given Amnesty by John Hawkins,  Townhall; New ‘Dream’ Amnesty Would be Biggest Amnesty Ever, by  Chris Chmielenski,  Numbers USA

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