It has been said a gaffe is when a politician tells the truth.
While amnesty supporters mislead the American people about the impact of their legislation, House Minority Leader John Boehner committed a political gaffe. At a private reception, Boehner reportedly said the bill is a "piece of s%*&."
Some of the lowlights of this piece of work include:
- One-day amnesty: Once the bill is enacted illegal aliens can apply for and receive probationary legal status immediately. Criminal/terrorist background checks are required to be completed by the "end of the next business day." Illegal Monday, legal Tuesday, now that's almost instant amnesty.
- Tax amnesty: Unlike last year's Senate amnesty bill, which required illegal immigrants to pay three of five years back taxes, this year's bill does not require them to pay any back taxes. Senator Kennedy wanted them to pay some taxes, but the White House insisted upon a complete tax amnesty.
- Faux enforcement "triggers": The so-called "enforcement" measures do not require that the border be secure. They only require that a few thousand more Border Patrol agents be hired (not deployed); that about half (370 miles) of the already authorized 700 miles of border fence be built; and that a few other bureaucratic inputs are announced. Then DHS will authorize the second phase of the amnesty by awarding the Z visas. Can anyone imagine Michael Chertoff declaring that these phony "triggers" have not been met?
- No exit system for guest workers: The guest workers are supposed to be "temporary" and required to eventually leave. But there is no way to enforce their leaving because there is still no Entry-Exit system in place.
- "Section 136: Nothing in this section may be construed to provide additional authority to any state or local entity to enforce Federal immigration laws." Why not? The illegal aliens who were part of the Fort Dix terrorist conspiracy were stopped by local law enforcement 56 times but their immigration status was never checked. This bill does nothing to ensure cooperation between local and federal officials in combating terrorism.
- Costs over $2 Trillion: Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation has estimated that the costs to American taxpayers for low-skilled immigrant households is $19,588 per household, per year. The lifetime costs for the Senate amnesty are estimated to be over 2 trillion dollars.