Immigration Battle Seems Heedless of Economic Boons to Americans

July 18, 2013 in Politics, Top News

Immigration Demonstrators at Capitol

Immigration demonstrators protest before the U.S. Capitol. Source: FIRM.

A bi-partisan effort in the U.S. Senate passed the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act” in a 68–32 vote June 27. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates S. 744 would serve to profit the American economy in a number of ways. It would also pave the way to citizenship for millions of undocumented persons in the U.S. and increase security along the Mexican border. Now that the bill moves to the House, Republican congressman are poised to stifle to bill on their own grounds.

“We’ll do our own bill, through regular order and it’ll be a bill that reflects the will of our majority and the people we represent,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a weekly meeting according to GOP aides.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), one of the bill’s sponsors, said according to CNN, “No one should dispute [that] like every sovereign nation on this planet, we have a right to control who comes in. But unlike other countries, we are not afraid of people coming in here from other places.”

Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich stated, “The battle over immigration reform is often about economic fear — fear that immigrants are hurting the economy for native born Americans.  But that fear is based on several economic myths:

“…while [immigrants] seek citizenship, undocumented workers will be required to pay into Social Security and Medicare even though they won’t be eligible for them. They’re also younger on average than the typical worker, so even when they’re citizens they’ll be paying into Social Security and Medicare far longer.”

Reich goes on to explain the number of jobs in the U.S. is not fixed, but will continue to grow along with the economy. The American population is also becoming senior-heavy. It currently takes three workers to support every retiree, as opposed to five 40 years ago. He postulates no economy can survive two workers doing that job. Younger workers are simply a necessity to a vital economy he calculates.

The CBO surmises proposed immigration reform would promote the economy, create jobs and reduce the federal deficit. They estimate the gross domestic product of the U.S. would increase 3.3 percent by 2023 and 5.4 percent by 2033, resulting in $1.4 trillion total economic growth. Requiring employers to include off-the-books workers on the tax rolls would also increase revenues by $850 billion in the same timeframe.


The summary and full report by the CBO is available here, along with supporting documents.

4 thoughts on “Immigration Battle Seems Heedless of Economic Boons to Americans

  1. Dave Francis says:

    To patriotic Citizens and legal residents, the unemployed, every skin color, there’s no other way to say this?

    If you don’t want a 100% Liberal Progressive-Democrat-ruled country for the next 100 years, then you need to act?

    America’s future is at grave risk. Amnesty’s repercussions are far worse than anyone is aware?

    Should an amnesty bill pass in the House here’s what will happen:

    Regardless of the bill saying no voting rights for legitimized foreign nationals, Obama will reject the “Rule of Law “America and Congress and grant voting rights anyway through Executive Order—the same way he did in the 2012 election. Tell Congress right here what you think about this amnesty through the petition and fax pathways at NUMBERSUSA.

    With these new voters flooding in—LEGAL & ILLEGAL–, we will lose the House in 2014 to the Lib-Democrats who will also control the Senate and White House. America will become a one-party rule. Liberal Progressives who have slipped in their words, that the U.S. Constitution is obsolete, will change the election laws, voting rights and abolish our Constitution.

    But YOU have the power to stop it! AT numbersusa and write your own point or copy the one exhibited. Then at americanpatrol is a daily report from newspapers across the country, illustrating the huge rise in drunk drivers, and other atrocious crimes the Socialist-left leaning press keeps concealed. Advise your representatives by phoning any of the100 Senators and 435 Representatives for State or Federal at toll-free number — 1-888-978-3094–.You may phone the United States Capitol circuit at (202) 224-3121. A terminal operator will connect you straight with the Senate office or just about anybody in Washington.

    The few lawmakers who see the writing on the wall have turned to us for help—to create a stampede of anti-amnesty messages so huge, Washington lawmakers will be forced to retreat.

    Did you hear what needs to be done? Only the grassroots can make kill the amnesty movement now.

    Join us in Fax blasting every member of Congress at numbersUSA.com. Tell them “NO! WE DON’T WANT AMNESTY!” Do it today. Time is running out.

    If this Senate bill passes AS-IS, millions of legitimate nationals will be able to seek work, condemning millions of Americans still seeking a job, to even longer lines at the employment offices. Under another Obama’s Executive Orders, although the promise has declared no benefits–the laws will be engineered so as not stifle the free flow of food stamps and emergency public assistance. E-Verify the main contender for business enforcements that is already used in thousands of businesses on a voluntary basis, is unlikely to be fully functional for 18 months? Why not? The fence will be overlooked as in 1986, the entry and exit tracking system and with no implementation of a fair share of ICE recruitment between the U.S. Border Patrol and the interior audit investigation. The United States business community will still be free to hire unauthorized labor. The Senate bill is placing too much emphasis on border enforcement by recruiting 20.000 new officers, when half should be spread within the country, to penalize business owners who believe they are above the law. A stint in jail would quickly change their minds?
    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE JUST NOT NOTICED THE REAL ENFORCEMENT SHOULD START IN THE COUNTRY ITSELF, NOT JUST ON THE BORDER. THE MAJOR CULPRIT FOR THE MESS WE ARE IN, IS BUSINESSES< UNIONS CAN DO AS THEY LIKE STILL. PUT MORE AUDIT AGENTS IN THE COMPANIES, THE STORES, THE FACTORIES, THE OFFICES, THE CASINOS, THE RESTAURANTS, THE CONSTRUCTION SITES, THE CATTLE RANCHES, AND THE MEAT PACKING PLANTS AND EVEN STATE & FEDERAL CONTRACTORS. THESE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE ODIOUS ENTITIES, WHICH HAVE CORRUPTED WASHINGTON WITH THEIR MONEY.

    NOT AN AMENDMENT TO THE CURRENT LAW, BUT IT SHOULD BE? The most expensive benefit that is exacted on taxpayers is the fabricated Birthright citizenship part of the 14th amendments. Already rescinded in Mexico and other countries this law allows the children of illegal aliens claim citizenship almost immediately. Only truly meant for the children of emancipated slaves and of succession after the Civil War and should only be given to citizen children. The dollars are in the hundreds of billions in lucrative payments that supplement the parent’s low incomes.
    Another point of interest is that the U.S. Government could save hundreds of billions of more dollars in court costs and other advantages, if every U.S. citizen was issued a biometric ID Social Security card. It could not only be used to be hired for work, excluding unauthorized labor, but two other problems could be alleviated. It would stop almost instantly voter fraud, and exact a measure of security when applying for credit. The identifiers such as a thumb print and retinal eye scan would be a great deterrent against criminal activities.

  2. Aaron J Mobley says:

    The Republican Party, per its own admission, is an ideology-based party. It’s not concerned about consequences or facts.

    The Tea Party was founded by the Koch Brothers. They are patsies.

  3. As a former security analyst, I’ll share the wisdom of a superior regarding biometrics: use your hand, they’ll cut off your hand; use your eye, they’ll cut out your eye. It’s ultimately a useless security measure, easily circumvented.

    And do you really want the government keeping record of your DNA? Those so paranoid about government intrusion are dubiously passionate about giving away their own genome and all the means to fabricate a criminal case against one’s self by a hostile government.

    As for alleged voter fraud, it accounts for less than 0.000015% of votes cast nationwide since year 2000. It is incredibly rare and incredibly unlikely to ever influence the outcome of an election.

    What then are the true motives of a movement founded by billionaires demanding bizarre controls over the American electorate? It seems mostly darker-skinned people are affected by newly proposed voting restrictions, as well as district re-organizations. The latter has historically been called gerrymandering.

  4. And I am a patriot. I further took an oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic….” I take that seriously.

    How seriously do you take the defense of your own freedoms against demagogues?

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