EXCERPT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ……………
………A CIVILIZATION AT RISK
“Adding to an already ambitious first-year legislative agenda,” writes the Knoxville News-Sentinel (News-Topic, 4-26), President Barack Obama recently said that “comprehensive immigration le\gislation, including a plan to make legal status (path to citizenship) possible for an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants, would be a priority in his first year in office.”
Letter writer Tom Shuford of Lenoir, NC, said, “In this effort, President Obama is assured the strong support of the media, organized labor, business lobbies, ethnocentric pressure groups and the leadership of the U.S. Senate and House where he enjoys strong Democratic Party majorities.
“The political payoff could be spectacular. If Obama succeeds in pushing through an amnesty for 12-20 million illegal aliens, he will achieve permanent one-party (Democrat) control of the United States government — as a newly legalized, mostly poor and minimally-educated population will partake heavily of government services, affirmative action, and array of other federal and state interventions. They will vote overwhelmingly Democratic. Nonetheless, “comprehensive immigration reform” poses large risks for the president.
“Speaking to the economic effects: in normal economic times, giving millions of illegal aliens permanent legal access to the U. S. job market would depress the wages and job opportunities of already underpaid, underemployed and/or unemployed American Citizens. Recessionary times magnify these effects. Moreover, a mass amnesty will strain public services, infrastructure, and the environment.”
Paul Krugman, liberal economist, Nobel Laureate, New York Times columnist, states the obvious, “Unfortunately, low-skill immigrants don’t pay enough taxes to cover the cost of the benefits they receive.”
“Beyond economics and quality of life concerns, the country is fracturing,” Shuford said. “Three decades of heavy, difficult-to-assimilate Third World immigration is fraying the social fabric. How does one put a price on loss of national cohesion? President Obama’s “comprehensive immigration reform” agenda faces big hurdles for another reason. Amnesty-with-promises-of-future-enforcement has been tried. [Obviously failed!]
“In 1986, President Reagan signed bipartisan legislation billed as a “one-time only” amnesty for an estimated 1.5 million illegal aliens [actual number given amnesty: 4.3 million]. The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) included promises of fines for employers of illegal workers and promises of stepped-up border security.
“What happened? Washington delivered on the amnesty. An overwhelmed Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)—under political pressure from Coongress—sped through and approved 4.3 million applications, many fraudulent. What about the employer sanctions? Over time they were forgotten.
“By 2008, 12-20 million additional illegal aliens had taken up residence in the United States. Rewarding illegal entry into the United States with a path to citizenship in 1986 increased illegal entry. Is there any reason to expect Obama’s plan to reward illegal entry with a path to citizenship in 2009 will produce a different result?”…………………
………A CIVILIZATION AT RISK