By Elois Zeanah
Why would President Obama push amnesty when debt is on a disastrous path? Amnesty would cost taxpayers an additional $1 trillion dollars every year forevermore, according to the Center for Immigration Studies. Currently, illegal immigration costs taxpayers $113 billion yearly. We’re broke! Taxpayers cannot afford more taxes. Yet protests to this preposterous timing will in all likelihood be called “racist”.
Opposition to illegal immigration is an economic and moral issue, not a racist issue. Illegal immigration contributes mightily to the financial crises in education, entitlement programs, healthcare, and deficits. It is immoral to further harm our financial future, and to continue to steal from our children money they haven’t yet earned. Amnesty would do this.
Fixing the illegal immigration problem can be done through attrition in three steps: (1) Secure the border. (2) Remove the jobs magnet by requiring employers to use a free, fast and accurate Internet program (E-Verify) that was designed to crack down on unscrupulous employers. (3) Remove the welfare magnet by passing U.S. House Bill 140 to end automatic birthright citizenship for children born to non-citizens.
It is immoral that U.S. birthright citizenship can be “sold”, “stolen”, or “traded”. Foreigners can buy U.S. citizenship for their children for the price of a ticket to the U.S. or get it free by stealing over the border. Politicians could easily fix this problem. But unfortunately politicians often trade our most cherished birthright, citizenship, for votes, campaign contributions and power.