Gabriella Hoffman

"America is a nation of immigrants, built by immigrants and we need to honor that heritage by fixing our broken immigration system, while upholding the rule of law and championing legal immigration," said Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) in a statement last week when offering an amendment to the Schumer-Rubio immigration bill.

Cruz, the son of a legal Cuban immigrant, is absolutely correct.

Immigration is the foundation of this great nation. Millions of immigrants from all over the world have flocked here to better their lives. Anyone who comes here and becomes American can make it if they work hard and realize their full potential. That is why legal immigration must be encouraged.

Sadly, lawmakers are more interested in trading our sovereignty for votes and political favors a la amnesty.

The “Gang of Eight”--which comprises four Democrat senators and four Republican senators--is attempting to ram through a 867-page bill in the fashion Obamacare was ushered in. They decry that if we do not go along with this deal, we are perpetuating “de facto” amnesty. Like the good politicians they are, the Gang of Eight assures us their plan will fix our border problems. Clearly that is not the case.

Heritage Foundation recently released a report detailing the costs of the “Gang of Eight” immigration plan. The report estimates the plan will cost American taxpayers a whopping $6.3 trillion over the next 50 years. If this bill were to pass, amnesty would be implemented in several phases. In the first phase, illegal aliens would receive legal status but not have access to means-tested welfare and Obamacare. After 13 years, the second phase would allow them to access means-tested welfare and Obamacare. The final phase of amnesty, or retirement, would grant them access to Social Security and Medicare.

Not surprisingly, many leftists and pro-amnesty Republicans immediately attacked Heritage Foundation’s report besmirching the think tank for being “racist” and a “scaremonger.” Instead, outrage should be placed on the Gang of Eight’s plan since it is slated to waste money, grow the welfare state, and undermine border security.

The question beckons: why are lawmakers circumventing legal immigration?

Gabriella Hoffman

Gabriella Hoffman works at Morton Blackwell's Leadership Institute as the Northeast Regional Field Coordinator.