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June 5, 2006

The 'Fuzzy Math' Of Immigration Reform - Or How To Make 100 Million Look Like 10 Million

Topics: Immigration and Border Issues

So, are we looking at 10 million new illegal foreigners in the coming decades as a result of the Senate's immigration bill, or is it really 100 million?

This article says who we believe has a lot to do with the views one already holds on illegal immigration.

As for me, if I have to play along with our friends in the MSM, I pick Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif.) to believe, who say she distrusts statistics showing a relatively low impact from the immigration bill:

"Most of the establishment sources of information have dramatically underestimated the number of illegals that are here and that will be here given certain changes in the law," ...
And for good reason.... The Heritage Foundation calculates that if S.2611 becomes law it will be the most dramatic change in immigration policy in 80 years, permitting "an estimated 103 million persons to legally immigrate to the U.S. over the next 20 years - fully one-third of the current population of the United States." If you only believe half of their numbers, that's over 50 million more people on top of our planned immigration from existing law.

As for what's the right approach to immigration reform, I'm in the camp that says secure our borders, admit immigrants, but don't reward lawbreakers! However, just how we go about making that happen is a very big question - but there is no question whatsoever about what happens if we don't secure our borders, as in lock out, immediately.

And while we're at it, I also believe Sen. Jeff Sessions (R.-Ala.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who says that the Senate bill will cost American taxpayers $500 billion in additional welfare payments in the period 10 to 20 years after its passage.

I'm not sold on his expertise and credentials (his big claim to fame seems to be that he bicycled 100,000 miles across six continents and six times across the United States), but Frosty Woodbridge says that U.S. Senate bill will launch our country toward adding 200 million people from outside our borders.

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Posted by Richard at June 5, 2006 7:14 AM

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