Marco RINO has another Big Lie in defense of his amnesty legislation. Now the party line is that we need amnesty because the $2,000.00 that the illegal aliens will pay to legalize will be paying for a border fence.
The Examiner June 14, 2013 by Byron York
Why is it necessary to legalize the roughly 11 million currently-illegal immigrants in the U.S. before newly enhanced border security and internal enforcement measures are in place? Sen. Marco Rubio, the leading Republican on the Senate’s Gang of Eight, says part of the reason is that the federal government can’t afford to secure the border on its own and needs financial help from the immigrants themselves, in the form of fines paid when they are legalized.
But, as the Center For Immigration Studies has shown, most illegal aliens will not pay the fine and the illegal aliens only pay $500.00 up front, which will not even pay for the amnesty program itself, and nor will the alleged total fine of $2,000.00 pay the cost of the amnesty program.
CIS May 15, 2013 by John Feere
The bill calls for immigrants to pay both a fee and a fine. In a recent speech Mr. Obama used the word “penalty” to describe the fine illegal immigrants must pay. Fees, on the other hand, are meant to help cover the cost of administering an amnesty.
As to the fees, the bill does not outline what the fees would be – and there are waivers. The bill simply notes that illegal immigrants aged 16 and older who want legal status will have to pay a fee “in an amount determined by [DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano].” While it is unclear how much the fee would be, the bill says it should be enough to cover processing the applications. But in the next section, the bill gives Ms. Napolitano the power to limit the fee and to exempt “classes of individuals” altogether. With such broad authority granted by Congress, it is unclear whether this fee will even apply to most amnesty applicants.
US Citizenship and Immigration Services already offers waivers for those who cannot afford certain fees. In fact, the Obama administration created a form for such waivers in 2010, and similar waivers may apply to any future amnesty.
To obtain a fee waiver for some existing immigration benefits, applicants simply must show that they are currently using a welfare program. Our estimates, which are based on Census data, show that 71 percent of illegal immigrant households with children make use of one form of welfare.
As for the fine – or "penalty" – the current version of the Senate immigration bill requires illegal immigrants to pay $500 for the initial probationary legal status and another fine of $500 six years later. If a person wants to switch from this provisional legal status to green card status (and eventual US citizenship), he or she will have to pay a $1,000 fine many years down the road. But there are many exceptions.
For example, a person of any age who claims to have entered the US before age 16 and has a high school degree or GED does not have to pay. Finally, people under 21 years of age are also exempted. Furthermore, it is likely that some non-profits will assist applicants in paying the fines – some of which will be using taxpayer-provided funds to do so. The bill actually grants such groups $150 million to help illegal immigrants apply for the amnesty. In reality, the fine may not be much of a punishment at all.
In fact, the amnesty legislation prohibits a border crossing fee to pay for the inspection program at current Ports-of-Entry that admit millions of people. Given that Congress does not want any group of aliens to pay for the benefits they receive, just how is the group benefiting from amnesty, illegal aliens, going to pay for border security when then will neither pay the fee in the legislation, as the legislation allows most of the illegal aliens to avoid paying the fees?
It is just another lie from Marco RINO. The illegal aliens will not even pay enough fees to pay for the amnesty. And they will certainly not be paying for any border security programs.