Bob Dane

Out You Go – Sorry Come on Back
The bill allows previously deported illegal aliens to apply for amnesty if they are a spouse, parent, or child of a U.S. citizen or green card holder, or entered the country unlawfully before the age of 16 and meet additional criteria.

Let Bygones be Bygones
Illegal aliens receiving legal status will not only be saved from punishment for immigration violations, but also the crimes they committed along the way in order to live and work in the U.S. illegally. Identity theft and fraud are all forgiven under RubioCare. Additionally, an illegal alien may have up to 3 misdemeanor convictions and still receive legal status and the right to work in the U.S.

You and Your Kid Struggling to Pay College Costs Will Love This
The bill allows all states to offer in-state tuition to illegal aliens.

What Back Taxes?
A funny thing happened on the bill’s way to the Senate print shop. The term “back taxes” mysteriously disappeared from the text of the legislation. In actuality, illegal aliens will be responsible only for taxes assessed, not taxed owed and that’s a big difference.

The bill requires aliens to only pay taxes that the IRS has assessed at the time they apply for RPI status. So of course, if the IRS had no knowledge that the individual had been working here, there would obviously be no tax liability assessed and the alien has nothing to satisfy for the purpose of getting RPI status.

Gang of Eight Senator Flake confessed that it’s just too complicated to bother. “Getting back taxes is incredibly difficult, particularly when someone has paid into a fraudulent Social Security number.” The IRS doesn’t think it’s too “complicated” squeezing back taxes out of Americans, but I digress…

Worksite Verification
While promising mandatory E-Verify for all employers the bill actually repeals the laws authorizing E-Verify and creates a new system – that may or may not be E-Verify or even E-Verify-like. Moreover the new “System” does not require that employers verify the work authorization of existing employees, only new hires. But frankly it doesn’t make any difference because 7.5 million illegal aliens currently occupying jobs rightfully belonging to Americans are all going to apply for amnesty anyway.

Spread the Wealth Around to Obama’s Friends
The bill grants millions of dollars to public and private non-profit organizations to help illegal aliens submit amnesty applications and adjust status from RPI to green cards and then citizenship. The Initial Entry, Adjustment, and Citizenship Assistance" (IEACA) program will appropriate $100 million for the first five years to "eligible public or private, non-profit organizations” resulting in a lucrative slush fund for pro-amnesty groups like AILA, ACLU, and LaRaza as they assist in the process.

Let’s Not Take the Bill Language Too Literally
At last count, the Senate bill contains hundreds of waivers and exemptions at the disposal of the Secretary of Homeland Security. In essence, this would codify the authority the Obama administration has already unconstitutionally claimed to ignore laws passed by Congress – leading to an Executive Branch amnesty program, not an immigration plan duly passed by the United States Congress.


Bob Dane

Bob Dane is the Director of Communications for the Federation for American Immigration Reform.