Biden’s Immigration Plan Will be a Disaster
On February 18, 2021, New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez and California Congresswoman Linda Sanchez introduced a mega amnesty bill that has the entire nation in a state of disbelief. Preston Huennekens of the Federation for American Immigration Reform described the U.S. Citizenship Act as the “largest amnesty bill ever proposed in the history of the United States.”
Under this bill, every illegal alien in America would be placed on the pathway to citizenship. Like all legislative boondoggles, the bill is 353 pages long with a section-by-section summary of the bill having a total of 60 pages. Huennekens argues that the ”bill’s length is a testament to the sweeping changes that Biden and his congressional Democratic allies want to make to the immigration system of the United States.”
The bill features five sections but as Huennekens observed, “there are zero enhancements to border security or asylum reform, in stark contrast to prior efforts (e.g. the 2013 Gang of Eight proposal) that paired large amnesties with enforcement measures such as mandatory E-Verify or metrics requirements for border enforcement.”
Under the U.S. Citizenship Act, 14.5 million illegal aliens would be given a pathway to citizenship through the establishment of the “Lawful Prospective Immigrant” (LPI) status. According to figures coming from the White House, only violent felons would be excluded by this pathway to citizenship program. However most violent felons qualify for LPI and some aliens with multiple felonies will be eligible for this immigration status. Aliens with LPI status will be able to receive green cards after five years.
Additionally, this amnesty bill provides green cards to Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and most immigrant farmworkers who entered the country illegally. Huennekens noted that “Many of the provisions for these de facto amnesty programs passed the House of Representatives last year as part of H.R. 6 – the American Dream and Promise Act, as well as H.R. 5038 – the Farm Workforce Modernization Act.”
One intriguing aspect of this bill is how it attempts to address the “root causes of migration.” Huennekens observed the following about what such a program would entail:
Addressing the root causes of migration would require rebuilding multiple countries from the ground up, completely complex economic systems, and ending decades (if not centuries) of a country’s domestic political culture and conditions. The U.S. Citizenship Act calls for $4 billion in total appropriations ($1 billion annually in fiscal years 2022-2025) for this purpose.
Essentially, the U.S. will begin to dole out foreign aid to corrupt regimes and prop up bad actors while failing to address the underlying problem of America’s immigration problems — its refusal to take border security seriously. By having a strong border security infrastructure and a willingness to deport illegal aliens, would-be illegal entrants will learn quickly that they will be punished for their misbehavior. This amnesty bill would also implement changes to the current visa system. The visa lottery would be expanded from 50,000 to 80,000 annually, which would provide aliens in the visa backlog green cards, and provide foreign college graduates in the STEM fields with green cards.
Frankly, the incompetence we see with regards to border enforcement is the hallmark of a failed state that barely performs its basic functions of maintaining some semblance of order.
In a time when millions of Americans are out of work and have dire economic prospects, Democrats are more fixated with Electing a New People and bringing in potentially millions of migrants who will displace Americans.
The implications for American immigration policy would be quite dire if this bill is passed. It would only beget further migration because the U.S. has now demonstrated for the second time in its history (the first being the 1986 amnesty that Reagan signed into law) that it does not care about enforcing its migration laws. This will be a magnet for foreigners looking to enter the country illegally, since they’ll be confident in knowing that the U.S. will not punish them for entering the country illegally.
Stopping this amnesty bill should be the number #1 priority for the GOP. From there, they can wack Democrats over the head for their amnesty push during the 2022 midterms.