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July 13, 2006

Senate Bill Would Guarantee More Pay To Illegal Aliens Than American Citizens

Topics: Immigration and Border Issues

Incredibly, the Senate immigration bill would require that foreign construction laborers under the proposed (by the Senate) guest-worker program be paid well above the minimum wage, even as American workers at the same work site could earn less:

The bill "would guarantee wages to some foreign workers that could be higher than those paid to American workers at the same work site," says a policy paper released this week by the Senate's Republican Policy Committee. "This is unfair to U.S. workers, inappropriate, and unnecessary."

The 11-page, harshly critical analysis of the Senate immigration bill on this one point reveals how torn Senate Republicans are over the larger issue of immigration.

Though the bill was supported by Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee and Majority Whip Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, it was opposed by the rest of the Senate Republican leadership and a majority of Republicans in the chamber. And despite the support of Mr. Frist and Mr. McConnell, this week's policy paper critical of the wage guarantees for foreign workers marks the official stance of the Republican Policy Committee, which formulates and implements the policies of the caucus.

Across the Capitol, House Republicans are no more charitable about the Senate's immigration bill. They announced yesterday seven new House hearings for later this month into how bad they think the Senate bill is. One such hearing is titled: "Do the Reid-Kennedy bill's amnesty provisions repeat the mistakes of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986?"

House Republicans are so critical of the Senate bill that they can't bring themselves to call it by the name of any of the several Republicans who played a larger role in passing it than Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada or Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat.

"Two-thirds of the people who voted for that bill coming out of the Senate were Senate Democrats, led by Harry Reid and Senator Kennedy. So, it's the Reid-Kennedy bill," House Majority Leader John A. Boehner said yesterday when asked why he refuses to credit any of the Republicans who were instrumental in drafting the bill or any of the 23 Senate Republicans who voted for

Of course the Democrats, being experts at revisionism, have begun calling it the "Frist-McCain" bill, a reference to Senators Frist and McCain, McCain being the Arizona Republican who has been one of the chief architects of the Senate bill. It would be hard to blame the Democrats for distancing themselves from the bill - the Senate bill is so bad no politician should want any part of it - makes you wonder why the Senate approved it in the first place. Read the whole article and be nauseated...

Posted by Richard at July 13, 2006 7:10 AM

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