20 questions about immigration reform that need answering

It’s amazing how so many questions can be raised about amnesty and other aspects of  immigration reform now being debated. And how many questions are totally ignored.

For those 20 questions, I turn to Jon Feere, legal policy analyst at the Center for Immigration Studies. Go there to find more elaboration on each question and why it should be answered.

  1. How do you justify bringing in tens of millions of foreigners at a time when millions of Americans are unemployed and unable to find work?
  2. The Congressional Budget Office says the bill would reduce wages for American workers. How do you justify this?
  3. What percentage of the new immigrants under this bill are high-skilled and what percentage are low-skilled? And do you really think we need more low-skilled people in this country?
  4. How many immigrants would be invited into our country over the next decade if the immigration bill passes?
  5. Will you extend E-Verify to apply to existing workers?
  6.  Since President Barack Obama just delayed Obamacare mandates by a year, without any legal authority to do so, why wouldn’t he delay the enforcement provisions in an immigration bill? Why do you trust Obama to actually enforce the immigration bill?
  7. Do you believe illegal immigrants should receive legal status and work permits before the border fence is fully constructed, and before E-Verify is fully implemented?
  8. The Congressional Budget Office found that the Senate bill would still allow half to two-thirds of illegal immigration to continue. Obviously that’s a disaster, so how would you make sure that we end illegal immigration?
  9. Do you find it troubling that a new Census report finds that the number of people speaking a language other than English at home has nearly tripled in recent years? Doesn’t this suggest that assimilation is slowing and that more immigration would make matters worse?
  10. Do you believe that illegal immigrants applying for legalization should be required to pay back taxes for the years they worked off the books? Because the Senate bill does not require this, meaning that Americans who work off the books illegally can be thrown in jail while illegal immigrants get a pass.
  11. Some say we need an amnesty so that we can “get people out of the shadows and identify them.” But federal law already requires all aliens to register with the government after 30 days. Why don’t you just demand that the law be enforced instead of passing an amnesty?
  12. What do you say to the head of the USCIS union [that represents represents 12,000 immigration agents], who says that an immigration bill is dangerous because his agency cannot handle processing an amnesty for 11 million people, nor can it handle the doubling of visas that Congress is considering?
  13. Since the Department of Homeland Security has narrowed the scope of background checks for illegal immigrants applying to Obama’s Deferred Action program because it couldn’t handle the 500,000-person caseload, what makes you think that DHS will conduct meaningful background checks on 12 million illegal immigrants?
  14. What do you say to the National Association of Former Border Patrol Agents, which called on Congress to abandon legalization efforts because it will encourage more illegal immigration, benefit drug traffickers, and make a mockery of our laws?
  15. Do you believe that illegal immigrants who have stolen our identification and used our Social Security numbers on tax forms and credit card applications should be allowed to legalize even though these crimes create real victims?
  16. The next three questions are directed at Republican politicians: Why are you so interested in helping Obama achieve his No. 1 agenda item? Why aren’t you spending time going after Obama on Benghazi, the NSA spying, and the IRS targeting conservatives? Instead you’re trying to help him!
  17. Considering that a recent Pew Hispanic Center poll found that 81 percent of Hispanic immigrants say they would rather have a bigger government with more services than a smaller government with fewer services, don’t you think that this amnesty would create more constituents for Obamacare and Big Government?
  18. Are you going to demand that the Hastert Rule be enforced, or are you going to let the Democrats in the House pass this amnesty?
  19. These final two questions are directed at Democratic politicians. What do you think the environmental impact will be of doubling legal immigration numbers as this bill would do? Are you concerned about the strain on natural resources and sprawl?
  20.  Why are you planning on bringing in more foreign labor when the latest jobs report shows that over 41 percent of African American teens are unable to find work?

I find it amazing that the bigger picture is ignored in the debate: Beyond what to do about illegal immigration, what do you consider to be the optimum level of all immigration into the United States? Should there be any limit at all? If there’s a limit, who or which nationality should be allowed the most? Or should certain nations (Mexico?) get preferential treatment.

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    Maybe these questions have been asked, but they've certainly been ignored. Eye-opening and scary.

    My parents were legal immigrants in 1951 - at a very different time in our history. People were coming, as they always had, from all over the world and newcomers strove to learn English. My parents learned English, baked a horrible Thanksgiving turkey (they tried!) and did all sorts of "American" things in order to assimilate themselves and their two children.

    What worries me most is that immigrants today are not assimilating - Balkanization happened once before and I worry it could happen here.

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    These are great questions to ask your Senator or Congressman at the next Town Hall.

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    Whatever you have provided for us in these posts really appreciative. ISH

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