Saturday, April 17, 2010
Scott Brown's Campaign platform on Immigration
I recognize that our strength as a nation is built on the immigrant experience in America. I welcome legal immigration to this country. However, we are also a nation of laws and government should not adopt policies that encourage illegal immigration. Providing driver’s licenses and in-state tuition to illegal immigrant families will act as a magnet in drawing more people here in violation of the law and it will impose new costs on taxpayers. I oppose amnesty, and I believe we ought to strengthen our border enforcement and institute an employment verification system with penalties for companies that hire illegal immigrants.
Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown will meet with a rep of a group pushing for legal residency for unauthorized immigrant students, according to his spokeswoman. The group knows that Scott Brown is opposed to illegal immigration and amnesty. This may yet be the next test of whether Scott Brown is indeed #41 or #60. My bet is on the former as he clearly ran opposed to that on this issue. I think it is a positive he will meet and listen to both sides of this issue.
Some facts on the economic drain illegal immigration has on US Taxpayers. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2494356/posts the Federation for American Immigration Reform has estimated that the total cost of K-12 education for illegal immigrant minors and the U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants is $28.6 billion a year. There are nearly 16 million Americans out of work, and about 8 million jobs are held by illegal immigrants. By simply enforcing immigration laws already on the books, we could create millions of job opportunities for American citizens and legal immigrants who played by the rules and entered the U.S. the right way. The Social Security Administration (SSA) ran the numbers, The legalization of one million illegal immigrant couples who work for very low wages would be a $101 billion blow to taxpayers. And amnesty for all illegal immigrants would multiply this figure many times!
The State of California is bankrupt and this issue is a major factor. This looming topic that the Obama, Reid, Pelosi team desperately want to ram through for political gain highlights a crossroad moment in American history. Are we a constitutional country governed by laws or a Statist welfare entitlement driven regime?
If you have an opinion on Amnesty and illegal immigration you can reach out to Scott Brown on twitter at @scottbrownma . Or on his Senate website at http://scottbrown.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactinformation