The amnesty bill in the Senate looks as if it's going to be around a thousand pages, it didn't go through normal channels in the Senate, and it was just recently released, so there are sure to be dozens of serious problems with it that either haven't been discovered or widely publicized yet. Then, once the amendment process gets started, a whole new host of issues will be created. But in the interim, here are 5 huge problems with the bill that should lead conservatives to oppose it.
1) Security doesn't come first in this bill. If there's one lesson people who have followed the immigration issue have had burned into us over and over again, it's that if you agree to an immigration bill that has amnesty and enforcement provisions in it, the amnesty happens but the enforcement provisions are never enacted.
This bill would immediately legalize illegal aliens that are currently in the country and then it would put in place triggers to be completed in order to get a guest worker program going. The problem with this is that Congress is like a five year old at dinner when it comes to immigration. The only way you can get the kid to eat his green beans is by telling him that he can't eat his ice cream until he's finished -- and the only way Congress will actually see to it that the border security and enforcement provisions in the bill will be implemented is if they have to do them before they even consider an amnesty for the people who are here.
2) Illegal aliens won't have to pay back taxes -- where do we get the same deal? The whole idea that illegals shouldn't have to pay the taxes they already owe for working in the United States is utterly and completely offensive because it actually gives them a privilege that American citizens aren't getting: forgiveness for taxes owed to the IRS.
The rationale behind this is supposed to be that it will be difficult to figure out how much the illegal aliens owe. Of course, the same could probably be said for most Americans who have been audited by the IRS. It's also worth noting that if our government doesn't believe they can make heads or tales of the paperwork that will allow them to collect money they're owed, how can we possibly be confident that they can figure out which of these illegals have criminal records or arrived before the deadline to receive amnesty?