Monday, May 15, 2006


Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation says the Senate plan would admit 100 million immigrants over the next 20 years

The Hagel-Martinez bill enjoys broad based support in the US Senate. But, what would be the effect if that bill passed?

According to the Washington Times...

*It doubles legal immigration from 1 million to 2 million people per year.
*By allowing family members to come here it doubles immigration numbers

The little-noticed provisions are part of legislation co-sponsored by Republican Sens. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and Mel Martinez of Florida, which overcame some early stumbles and now has bipartisan support in the Senate. The bill also has been praised by President Bush, and he is expected to endorse it as a starting point for negotiations in his prime-time address to the nation tonight.

All told, the Hagel-Martinez bill would increase the annual flow of legal immigrants into the U.S. to more than 2 million from roughly 1 million today, scholars and analysts say.

*Additional 325,000 guest workers allowed each year
*Skilled worker visas cut in half from 60% to 30%
*Unskilled worker visas would triple

In hard numbers for those categories, the highest skilled workers would be granted 135,000 visas annually, while the unskilled would be granted 150,000 annually.

What's more, the Hagel-Martinez bill would make it considerably easier for unskilled workers to remain here permanently while keeping hurdles in place for skilled workers.

The costs of immigration may be tolerable or even advantgeous in the short-term. But the long term costs are daunting.

But the greatest cost to the U.S. may not be the unskilled workers who immigrate here in the future, but the ones who are already here illegally.

Mr. Rector estimates that the Senate bill would grant citizenship to between 9 million and 10 million illegal aliens. If allowed to become citizens, those immigrants would be permitted to bring their entire extended family, including any elderly parents.

"The long-term cost of government benefits to the parents of 10 million recipients of amnesty could be $30 billion per year or more," Mr. Rector said. "In the long run, the [Hagel-Martinez] bill, if enacted, would be the largest expansion of the welfare state in 35 years."

Reform bill to double immigration: The Washington Times

Check out: Immigration Blog, Hot Air, LaShawn Barber, Freedom Watch, Conservative Outpost, Texas Rainmaker, Stunt Shack, Paxalles, and Michelle Malkin.


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