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5 Immigration Falsehoods from the White House
Heritage Foundation ^ | September 6, 2013 | Jessica Zuckerman and Ken McIntyre

Posted on 09/07/2013 10:54:15 AM PDT by 1rudeboy

Congress gets back to its regularly scheduled work on Monday—and there’s plenty of immigration propaganda greeting them.

The falsehoods from the White House just keep on coming, and Catholic leaders have called for clergy to preach in support of the Senate-passed immigration overhaul this Sunday.

On the White House blog, Cecilia Muñoz, assistant to the President and director of the Domestic Policy Council, laid out the Obama Administration’s take on the benefits of “commonsense immigration reform.” The blog, complete with “fact sheets” and the reposting of an animated video, made numerous claims about what the Senate-passed immigration bill (S. 744) would do for U.S. citizens and immigrants alike.

Here is how five of the White House’s latest claims stack up against the facts.

1. CLAIM: The Senate-passed bill would reduce the deficit.

FACT: It would explode the deficit.

While a properly functioning immigration system could indeed help reduce the deficit and grow the economy, the amnesty portion of the Senate bill would be extremely costly for American taxpayers, particularly in the long run. As Heritage senior research fellow Robert Rector has explained:

Amnesty and citizenship would make 11.5 million illegal immigrants eligible for Social Security, Medicare, Obamacare, and more than 80 different means-tested welfare programs such as food stamps and public housing. The average illegal immigrant is 34 years old and has a 10th-grade education. At that age, education levels would increase very little after amnesty.

Under the Senate-passed amnesty bill, each current illegal immigrant would receive more than $900,000 in government benefits over his lifetime while paying around $300,000 in taxes—a net cost of more than $600,000 to taxpayers. Even if the wages of amnesty recipients were to soar by 25 percent, the long-term costs per recipient would be more than $500,000—costs ultimately borne by the American taxpayer.

2. CLAIM: The Senate-passed bill would increase wages.

FACT: Many workers’ wages would decrease.

The wages of formerly illegal immigrants would likely increase, as Heritage has also projected, under the bill. However, many legally present workers would find their wages lower, as immigration expert George Borjas of Harvard found.

3. CLAIM: The Senate-passed bill would eliminate visa backlogs and reduce wait times.

FACT: It would overwhelm the current immigration system.

The current immigration system is slow and overly complex. Yet rather than address these problems, S. 744 would thrust millions of additional people into the system by granting amnesty to those who are in the U.S. illegally and unrealistically requiring our immigration services to first clear the backlog of those waiting to enter the country legally.

This is certainly a commendable goal. Without real reform to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, however, arbitrary mandates to clear the backlog are only likely to overwhelm the system.

4. CLAIM: The Senate-passed bill would provide a “lengthy but fair” path to earned citizenship.

FACT: Amnesty itself is inherently unfair.

Amnesty is deeply unfair to all those who waded through the complex and convoluted immigration system to come and remain here legally, and the approximately 4.4 million who at this very moment are waiting in line to come.

Indeed, amnesty comes in many forms, but in all of its variations, it discourages respect for the law, treats law-breaking aliens better than law-following aliens, and encourages future illegal immigration.

5. CLAIM: The Senate-passed bill would improve employment-based visa programs.

FACT: It would make the process worse.

Take the H-1B visa program, which allows employers to hire qualified immigrant workers to fill highly skilled positions. Through this program, employers may draw from a larger hiring pool of qualified applicants to fill vital positions. The idea is to keep jobs in America while also encouraging job creation and employment opportunities.

However, the Senate bill would impose a list of new restrictions on employers of H-1B visa recipients. These include requiring employers to pay higher wages to most H-1B workers than current U.S. workers and other requirements that would create a bureaucratic nightmare for employers and put them in legal jeopardy.

For more FACTS, check out a better path forward.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aliens

1 posted on 09/07/2013 10:54:15 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

6. All illegal aliens are “valedictorians” or potential “valedictorians.”

2 posted on 09/07/2013 11:05:32 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The time for impeachment has come.)
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To: 1rudeboy
5 Immigration Falsehoods from the White House

5??? That was only yesterday...what about the 9,688 lies they told last week??? And the 77,426 lies they told last month?? And on...and on...and on. Nothing, but nothing but lies come from the White Hut...On everything!!

3 posted on 09/07/2013 11:56:53 AM PDT by GoldenPup
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7. That immigration has nothing at all to do with illegal aliens or their treatment. It has everything to do with bringing them in to the official economy. The problem is not that illegal aliens are suffering, it’s that they’re doing just fine outside the official economy. The last thing that the powers that be want is for other people to get any smart ideas that they can survive outside the official economy.

4 posted on 09/07/2013 12:00:39 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Power disintegrates when people withdraw their obedience and support)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

The focus was on the wrong number with Steve King.

Anyone who thinks 1% of Hispanics or 1% of Dreamers or 1% of Caribbean Miami youth are Valedictorians are delusional.

King was talking at both ends of the spectrum. If you look at the average dreamer you are looking at a below average student from a minority background. Being a valedictorian in some schools in San Antonio, Miami or LA is nothing special.

Even if you had the border 90% secure and you legalize millions there will be a surge on the border from the illegals that won’t be stopped. Never again would the border be 90% secure. You’d secure the border and grant amnesty to the half a dozen valedictorian dreamers as a joke.

Not to mention getting the border that secure will take longer than Obama’s second term.

5 posted on 09/07/2013 3:19:11 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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