Additional public benefits for illegal immigrants should not be seen as far-fetched, given a Boston Herald report about the family of the accused Boston Marathon bombers, whose residency may have been legal, but whose behavior was not: "The Tsarnaev family, including the suspected terrorists and their parents, benefited from more than $100,000 in taxpayer-funded assistance -- a bonanza ranging from cash and food stamps to Section 8 housing from 2002 to 2012." These were able-bodied people. Why did they receive benefits? What loophole did the Tsarnaev family slip through?
Attorney General Eric Holder has taken the issue of breaking the law to new depths. In an April 24 speech to the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Holder said that creating a "pathway to earned citizenship" is a "civil right." If that's so, why deny anyone from coming to America, even from nations that breed terrorists?
As it stands, the bill is unlikely to pass. That's why Sen. Rubio is right about the need to fix it. If he were to introduce an amendment to ban an illegal from voting for 10 years, we might see Democratic support for the measure quickly fade. The Democratic Party appears interested in "importing" new Democratic voters. Illegal immigrants know this, which leads many of them to believe that even if they break the law to get here, they have a "right" to become American citizens. I don't think so, do you?
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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