National Council of State Legislatures: We Love the Gang of Eight Bill… Please Send Money

The National Council of State Legislatures (NCSL) has issued a press release applauding the Senate for passing the Gang of Eight amnesty bill, with a few minor concerns like, “how states will pay for the health care and education needs of this population of 11 million.”

Oh yeah, that. Nobody seems to have bothered to look at how much the Gang of Eight bill will cost state and local governments. Judging by NCSL’s statement, the answer is “Plenty.”

Demonstrating that they can be just as adept at buck-passing and cost-shifting as their colleagues in Washington, NCSL’s solution to the cost problem is to have the bankrupt federal government send cash.

“Over the coming months, as this bill moves its way through Congress, we look forward to working with our federal partners to ensure that the interests of states are addressed in the final legislation.”

In case the folks in state government haven’t noticed, whether the cost of amnesty is covered by the federal government or state and local governments, it’s still coming out of the pockets of the same taxpayers.

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Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.


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    The illegals exist and we cannot pick them all up and dump them in Mexico.This would create chaos not to mention that it is just too inhumane. There has to be a gentle solution, that moves forward in precise steps that we can control.

    We cannot put our heads in the ground like an ostrich, It is too late for that. It got too bad before we faced up to the crisis and determined to do something. Having so many people subsisting in the shadows is a powder-keg waiting to go off.

    So rather than fight it, lets CONTROL the legislation going through congress.

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      We don’t have to deport them Lynn. Dwight Eisenhower proved that masses of illegal aliens will self deport, at their own pace, if enforcement pressure is placed on them. Add to that, employers will raise wages and offer training for legal workers if they see a need to hire because of voluntary deportations by ICE. It has alresdy been tested. It works. It will work in the future.