President Obama claimed that his proposed immigration bill would require illegal aliens to learn English to earn their citizenship.
This sounds great… Too bad it’s not true.
When illegal aliens apply for “registered provisional immigrant” status, which is the first major step to legalization, they do not need to demonstrate the ability to speak English. Similarly, they do not need to prove they can speak English when they apply to renew their RPI status.
But Obama ignores these facts. He said, “This bill would provide a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million individuals who are already in this country illegally–a pathway that includes passing a background check, learning English, paying taxes and a penalty, and then going to the back of the line behind everyone who’s playing by the rules and trying to come here legally.”
Correction: illegal immigrants only need to demonstrate a knowledge of English when they apply for “legal permanent resident” status or a green card. These “demonstration” can be proved by enrolling in a course “to achieve an understanding of English.”
Obama makes it sounds as though his bill is the first to require immigrants to learn english to get their “legal permanent resident” status or green card. This is simply not the case, however. It is already part of a requirement in the current Immigration and Nationality Act. Obama’s new immigration bill actually weakens the current law by allowing illegals to simply claim they are taking a class to learn English (as opposed to proving they already know it).
There are additional sketchy elements to Obama’s argument for the bill. For example, he says that his bill would require illegals to “pay taxes.” But that claim was completely debunked by Mickey Kaus of The Daily Caller — he called it a “fraud.”
Kaus said, “It looks as if illegal immigrants will only have to pay back taxes if the IRS has already moved to assess them for it–which would be why the text of the bill (pages 68-69) says they only have to pay ‘Federal income taxes assessed in accordance with section 6203 of the Internal Revenue Code,’ which is the section on assessments.”
He asked, “What about income taxes that weren’t paid or assessed because illegal immigrants were working off the books, or using fraudulent Social Security numbers? No worries. The [Obama administration] will not collect them.”
Obama has also said that the bill would require illegals to pay “a penalty.” This claim was made more transparent by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL). He said, “Karl Rove says they have to pay a $1,000 fine over 6 years. What is that–$170 dollars a year, $15, $12 a month? So this is the punishment?”
Sessions continued, “You pay $12 a month worth of fines, which allows you not to have to go home even though you entered the country illegally, did not wait your turn, and you are guaranteed a path to citizenship. Then at the end you have to pay another $1,000 some 10, 13 years later. So this is the punishment in the legislation.”
Obama’s bill is also unfair to those who came here legally. The legal process to become a US citizen takes a substantial amount of time and money. Obama claims his immigration bill would require illegals to “go to the back of the line behind everyone who’s playing by the rules and trying to come here legally.” This is a huge stretch, at best. Millions of illegals would have green cards and citizenship within a mere five years of the bill’s passage.
The bill would also immediately legalize all illegals in the country, letting them work… and get access to welfare.
Wonderful. Then we’ll have to pay (literally) to support those who broke our laws and came here illegally.
Written by Kristin Tate.
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