Senate’s Fuzzy Math Multiplies Burden On Taxpayers By The Billions

Cross Posted From CommonSenseAmerica 

The amnesty bill passed by our Senate in 1986 deceived the American citizen with their numbers. Passing their enormous ‘amnesty bill’ to ‘fix our broken immigration system’’, the Senate in 1986 estimated they would be granting amnesty to approximately 1 million illegal immigrants.

Ooops, they miscalculated.

Senator Jeff Sessions argued on the Senate floor this past summer:

“I note that in 1986, we estimated there were 1 million people here who would claim amnesty. That is what people were told when the bill passed. After the bill passed, how many showed up? Three-point-one million people, three times as many.”

This year, our lovely Senators have ‘done the math’ once again and they have pulled the magical number of ‘estimated’ illegal immigrants out of their hat and are telling the American citizen we will now have to bear the burden of approximately 11 million new people. Considering the Senate’s history of ‘fuzzy math’, we could very easily be looking at actual numbers 3 times that high or more.

From The Washington Post:

The Senate’s embattled immigration bill would raise government spending by as much as $126 billion over the next decade, as the government begins paying out federal benefits to millions of new legal workers and cracks down on the border, a new Congressional Budget Office analysis concludes.

Of course, pro-illegal lobbyists will read this report with their blinders on:

Supporters of the legislation cautioned that the CBO’s total needs to be put into context. For instance, most of the $78 billion in discretionary spending that the Senate bill authorizes through 2016 would fund law enforcement measures that conservatives are pushing for anyway.

In the long run, tax revenue generated by new workers would ease the baby-boom generation’s burden on Social Security and offset virtually all the additional spending, said James Horney, a senior fellow at the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

The report “will be problematic,” he said. “People who don’t like the bill will jump on the 10-year number. But I hope others will look at the longer term and realize in the end, the answer is still the same. It’s all a wash.”

A wash? Oh really? It didn’t work out so well for us back in 1986. In April, Senator Jeff Sessions warned the Senate:

In 1986 we granted amnesty, and I voted against that provision in law. We granted amnesty to 3.2 million illegal immigrants. After being in this country for 10 years, the average amnesty recipient had a sixth-grade education, earned less than $6 an hour, and presently qualifies for the earned-income tax credit.

Just in case you aren’t familiar with the “earned income credit”, Senator Sessions was kind enough to elaborate:

The earned income tax credit is if you don’t make enough money to pay income taxes and don’t pay income taxes, not only do you not have to pay them but they give you money back. The average benefit for a person who qualifies for the earned-income tax credit, I would say parenthetically if anybody is interested, is $2,400 per year.

Senator Sessions fought against this amnesty bill throughout the Senate debates this past summer saying that our Senators were basically just passing this bill willy-nilly without knowing, or caring, what the cost would be to the American taxpayer.

The devil is not only in the details, folks. The devil is in our many ‘entitlement programs’ which means he is also in the pocket of each and every American taxpayer.

The price to taxpayers was 24 billion in the first ten years for only 3 million illegal aliens after 1986. How many more will there be this time? How much more will Americans have to pay for our politician’s generosity?

While the CBO’s analysis is a good starting point, we have to remember that our Senate does not have a stellar history in calculating the costs of their little projects.

Do the math yourself. But remember, you have to multiply, multiply, multiply.

For more on the topic of illegal immigration see:

Red Hot Cuppa Politics, “Coming To Do The Jobs American Terrorists Won’t Do … ?” and “This Is Our Continent, Not Yours!

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.**


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