Senate Amnesty Bill Includes Major Costs for States

Senate Amnesty Bill Includes Major Costs for States

“The immigration overhaul passed by the U.S. Senate could put a big squeeze on the budgets of state and local governments.
The proposal does not help states pay for costs incurred by required policy changes, including ramped up English classes and greater access to public hospitals and health clinics,” USA Today writes.

“‘Potentially, we are going to create a financial catastrophe for states and localities,’ said Sheri Steisel, senior federal affairs counsel and a human services expert at the National Conference of State Legislatures. ‘The states will end up with the cost and consequences of the federal decision-making, with very little resources to rely on to make up the difference.'”

Catholic University Presidents Press on Amnesty

“The presidents of 93 Catholic colleges and universities are calling on Catholic members of the House of Representatives to pass immigration reform that would put most of the 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the country on a path to citizenship.
‘Catholic teaching values the human dignity and worth of all immigrants, regardless of legal status,’ the Catholic leaders say in a letter sent to all 163 Catholic member of Congress, including Rep. Nancy Pelosi and House Speaker John Boehner. ‘We remind you that no human being made in the image of God is illegal.’ The Senate passed a comprehensive bill last month but, so far, the Republican-controlled House has not touched it,” Yahoo News writes.

Boehner Says Step-by-Step Approach on Immigration Fits House

“Rejecting the comprehensive approach to immigration reform passed by the Senate, House Speaker John Boehner reiterated today that he will take a ‘step-by-step’ approach in order to achieve ‘fairness’ in immigration reform, especially ‘for children who came to this country illegally but through no fault of their own,'” ABCNews reports.

“‘The American people have kind of had it with 1,300-page bills that no one’s read,’ Boehner, R-Ohio, said at a news conference Thursday. ‘Listen, the House is going to do its job, and we’re going to do this in a common-sense, step-by-step way.'”

Heritage Calls on Cantor, Goodlatte to Release Immigration Bill Text

“House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R–VA) and House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R–VA), reportedly continue work ‘on a bill to provide a legal status to those who were brought illegally to the U.S. as children by their parents.’ Although Speaker of the House John Boehner (R–OH) spoke favorably about the concept, the Speaker has the same handicap as the rest of the American people in assessing the Cantor–Goodlatte bill: There is no Cantor–Goodlatte bill available to the public. No one can evaluate legislation that does not exist. Representatives Cantor and Goodlatte should reveal their bill so the public can examine it,” the Heritage Foundation blog says.

Will Ryan Follow Rubio to GOP Doghouse?

“We are still astonished and disappointed in how Florida Senator Marco Rubio squandered his conservative and Tea Party movement base by becoming the face of S. 744 – the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” amnesty for illegal aliens legislation,” says the Conservative HQ newsletter, run by Richard Vigurie.

“Now it looks like another promising Republican, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, is about to follow Rubio down the plank and over the side into the shark-infested waters of granting amnesty to illegal immigrants. Ryan, who has many fine personal qualities and conservative instincts, should be smarter than to get sucked-into supporting anything remotely resembling the corrupt pork and special interest favor bloated Senate bill.”

Victor Davis Hanson: Double Standards on Immigration

“Mexico is a severe critic of U.S. immigration policy, often damning Americans as ruthlessly insensitive for trying to close our border. It has gone so far as to join lawsuits against individual American states to force relaxation of our border enforcement. Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon sharply criticized the United States for trying to “criminalize migration.”
Is Mexico, then, a model of immigration tolerance? Far from it. Until 2011, when it passed reforms, Mexico had among the most draconian immigration laws in the world. Guatemala has criticized Mexico for initiating construction of a fence along its southern border,” says author Victor Davis Hanson.

“If the United States were to treat Mexican nationals in the same way that Mexico treats Central American nationals, there would be humanitarian outrage.’

About Author


Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


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    John Winthrop on

    Dan the feedback I gave below should be eye-opening for any of us….of course this can be regulated as part of immigration,,,,,,

    desertrat 10 % of 330 is 33 M….what percent is 11M of 33M ?….11 M is a 3rd of 33M……………….11*3 = 33 sot it si 3.33333333333………%…………..or [11/330]M is 0. 0333333……times 100 gives you 3.3%………….

    desertrat you the example why our high school education is no longer up to standards………..thank you for you honest question……………but nothing is lost in your case……………………………you are young and can catch up w/science by going backt o school and take the needed courses to push and improve yourself.

    These kids from abroad they already have amazing math skills…..Russia, Germany, Peru, Colombia, etc etc basically the best come here………so therefore they perform at the Universities.

    desertrat SO is you catch up and compete w/the best of the WOrld that come here and YOU BEAT THEM………do you know what happens??????????????

    WE REMAINED A POWER FOR YEARS TO COME and do the same with your kids………….SO you have the best environment to become even better without going abroad and we depend on you and your descendants……………………………….I do hope you got the message.

    Many of us still do not get this,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I hope most of you do now,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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    John Winthrop on

    Interesting…………330 M people………3.3% are illegals that is…1 million…out of which probably less than 5% of the 1M and even less …might be kids….they are all working and THIS WILL BRING DOWN THE ECONOMY….!!!! USA Today you became USA of the PAST and need to be put in the crazy houSE……

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      Your statistics are so false.

      Not only your 1M IAs; but your ignorance of overpopulation’s HORRIFYING effect on this country.

      Are you a CEO hiring IAs?

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      Am just a high school graduate, but how do you come up with the number that 3.3% of 330 million is 1 million. I don’t know where you are getting your numbers from. Just making them up as you go. And you say they are all working right? If you had a job at a state or federal prison, you would know that they are not all working. A lot are incarcerated. Have seen your posts before. They don’t make much sense. Are you a small child?

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    The Rest of America is Following Detroit Down the 3rd World Toilet

    The recent MASS layoffs and furloughs of American engineers is the canary dying in the mine. The rest of you working other professions, besides engineering, are doomed in the mine.

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      John Winthrop on

      Besides engineering?????…you think engineering pays you the most???…..try medicine…..try pharmacist…they make more than engineers…..even a Deli store owner……………………wake up~~!!

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          John Winthrop on

          I do not have an issue finding a job……………………I keep myself competitive and as I become older I become wiser and the young ones cannot catch up with me because I work with the best American engineers, professor and immigrants………if I have to I work long hours & weekends and I enjoy it……….The American Way ….what is your story?……..

          You are the typical reason we are failing as a country……………………you relax and collect the check every two weeks and you sit at your desk browsing the web…………..and complaining about things you hardly understand…your future looks cloudy……………………….

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        My neighbor is a pharmacist and he only makes $30.00 a hour. I make 41 without a doctorate but I have other credentials and years of experience

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    Very true. One of the things Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer were complaining about was all the money that California would have to put out for amnestied illegals in California. Not that they voted against it of course. They just insist that the federal government pick it up, something we were promised would not happen. But then, we were promised a lot of things in this bill would never happen and they did. Remember enforcement first? That disappeared very quickly.

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      John Winthrop on

      LElad California is the worst case since they have 20% of the illegals………2.2 M and the rest throughout the country