House Republicans went into a "retreat" in a Maryland hideaway to consider a statement of "principles" put before them by the House leadership. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., immediately said they are "the same recycled talking points, crafted with the help of the same consultants and special interests," and that the proposed legislation "ensures only the amnesty and not the enforcement."
Continuing, Sessions said the Republican so-called principles "would surge the already unprecedented level of legal lesser-skilled immigration to the U.S. that is reducing wages and increasing unemployment." While the Republican goal should be "to transition millions of struggling Americans from welfare and joblessness to work and rising wages," President Barack Obama's plan is to force "legislation that drastically surges the future flow of new immigrant workers competing against unemployed Americans."
Sessions conveniently summarized the facts about where we are and where we should be going in a 30-page statement. He refutes 10 widely circulated myths that are currently used to deceive the public on this issue.
Myth: Those who broke our immigration laws will not get any special path to citizenship. Sessions' reply: The plan is to give a green card to ineligible aliens and that, indeed, is "a special path to citizenship."
Myth: The plan is not amnesty because illegals will have to pay fines and back taxes, learn English, and pass background checks. In fact, all those requirements are a farce: It's impossible to calculate back taxes, the aliens, of course, will never learn English before they get amnesty, and any background checks will be as worthless as the background checks of the Boston bombers.
Myth: The immigration reform debate in Congress will be full and open. Are you kidding? From the Senate Gang of Eight's bill to proposals that emerged from the House Republican "retreat" in Maryland, all immigration plans have been assembled in secrecy.
Myth: The majority of Americans support immigration reform. All polls refute that statement. Pew Research Center and CBS report that 62 percent of Americans want the border secured (period!) before any immigration "reform" is even considered.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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