Gutierrez Trading Obamacare for Amnesty
March 20, 2010, 02:43 PM
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The push for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) is heating up. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) recently publicized their plans, and President Obama gave them a nodding approval. According to the New York Times:

Two senators, a Democrat and a Republican, unveiled the outlines on Thursday of a proposal to overhaul the immigration  system, which would require illegal immigrants to admit they broke the law before they could gain legal status and require all workers in the United States to carry a biometric identity card to prove that they are eligible to work. "2 Senators Offer Immigration Overhaul", by Julia Preston, March 18, 2010

So, if Schumer and Graham get their way illegal aliens will be given "legal status" merely by admitting the obvious fact that they are guilty of sneaking across the border. The senators say whatever they want, but what they are calling for is a thinly veiled excuse for granting amnesty.

The last part of the article is the most interesting. It seems that Rep. Gutierrez (D-IL) decided to support Obamacare, but only because Obama promised him that CIR would get his full support.

Still, immigrant advocates and some Democratic lawmakers were heartened Thursday when Representative Luis V. Gutierrez, a Democrat from Illinois in charge of immigration issues for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said he had decided to support the Democrats’ health care legislation after assurances from Mr. Obama that the White House would continue to press for the immigration overhaul.

Meanwhile, the The Immigration Policy Center is doing their share of propagandizing on behalf of the CIR push by sending out a press release that claims that the U.S. needs more visas because there aren't enough American skilled and non-skilled workers. Huh??? If they exclude skilled and unskilled workers just who is left?

For example, there are insufficient numbers of visas for either high-skilled or less-skilled workers to meet the changing needs of the U.S. economy and labor market, which hurts U.S. business and fuels unauthorized immigration when economic times are good. "Senators Issue Promising, but Vague Immigration Reform Plans", 03/18/10

The press release also said that illegal immigration is harming U.S. workers and allows greedy employers to exploit the aliens. If that's true, then why not deport the ones here and not let any more in?

Wage and workplace violations by unscrupulous employers who exploit immigrant workers are undercutting honest businesses and harming all U.S. workers. Inadequate government infrastructure is delaying the integration of immigrants who want to become U.S. citizens and fully participate in our civic life.