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Immigration 'reform'? Faulty plumbing

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

No one turns on the water before fixing the plumbing. And yet as details emerge from the Gang of Eight's Senate immigration legislation, it's increasingly clear that the floodgates for illegal aliens will be opened before any reasonable “fix” is applied to border security.

It's reported that the immigration bill will allow illegal aliens to draw welfare benefits almost immediately. About 11 million illegals would be eligible for Registered Provisional Immigrant status. Critics say that designation would satisfy state laws, which extend benefits to those persons deemed to be “legally present” in the United States.

In a report released Monday, The Heritage Foundation estimates that the amnesty provided by the immigration bill would cost U.S. taxpayers a whopping $6.3 trillion.

While the legislation is clear on who gets what and how, it gets a tad blurry on border enforcement. Oh, there's billions of additional spending for the Department of Homeland Security but “with no clear requirements on how the money is spent,” notes James Carafano for Heritage.

What's on the table is more than merely “a pathway to citizenship.” It's an enticement to illegality, especially when there's no sure way to confirm that only those present in the U.S. before 2012 will be eligible for those aforementioned benefits.

America's immigration plumbing is broken. Simply opening the spigots will create a flood that won't be easily mopped up.

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