In the Hagel-Martinez compromise bill, amnesty would be granted to about ten million illegals (story). That's not the problem. The real growth in the immigrant population would come later. As part of the bill, the annual flow of legal immigrants allowed into the U.S. would more than double to more than two million annually. In addition, the guest-worker program in the bill would bring in 325,000 new workers annually who could later apply for citizenship. That population would grow exponentially from there because the millions of new citizens would be permitted to bring along their extended families.
Rush also interviewed the Vice President yesterday and brought up the shocking numbers. The response was typically political at best.
RUSH: Well, let's talk about what's going on in the Senate. There are a number of bills there. The compromise bill we're being told is Hagel-Martinez, two Republicans proposing this bill. Robert Rector at Heritage and Senator Sessions, who I know you respect, both did joint analyses of this bill and what they project, using conservative estimates, is anywhere from over the next 20 years 110 to 217 million legal immigrants entering the country and illegals as part of that number being granted legal status. What is the public policy purpose for doing that in these kinds of numbers?
THE VICE PRESIDENT: I haven't seen their analysis, Rush, and at this point, of course, what you have in the House bill is specifically a border-enforcement bill. What you've got in the Senate bill is a bill that goes after border enforcement but also you've got Hagel-Martinez and there's Kennedy-McCain. There are a lot of proposals kicking around. The Senate has not finalized its package yet so we don't know what's going to come out of the conference. Obviously we're going to want to look at it very carefully to make sure it does achieve the objectives the president's talked about.
Translation of Mr. Cheney: Don't worry your little radio head about these discomforting facts, Rush. We business and government elites have a better idea for running this geographical zone formerly known as America, with less bothersome representative government and borders. The integrated North American Community will be a big improvement, really.