Immigration bill rewards lawbreakers

June 29, 2013 

The immigration reform bill passed by the U.S. Senate makes arguments from the perspective of the illegal aliens and not from the perspective of current natural and naturalized U.S. citizens.

This amnesty bill grants citizenship to those who arrived here illegally. Why?

I understand why someone would want to come to this country for a chance at a better life. But the underlying problem is and has been that we are a land that abides by the rule of law and this bill seems to reward illegal behavior.

The estimated economic impacts of these newly legalized citizens, as reported by the Congressional Budget Office, looks at the cost-loss benefits in the first 10 years. After 10 years, will these newly legalized citizens no longer have an impact on our government-sponsored safety network?

The economic impact will be felt for the entire lifetime of these legalized citizens, yet the economic analysis only looks at the first 10 years. If we are to honestly discuss the pros and cons of this legislation, let us look at total real cost over the estimated lifetime of a new citizen. Then we as people can determine if we want this legislation.

FRED CRUZ

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