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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

S. 2611 is unconstitutional.

Ok, you all know that I am against S. 2611 for obvious reasons and for the many reasons that I have already stated.

First, I am against blanket amnesty especially when we have no idea how many millions this amnesty would go to; we don’t know how many illegal immigrants are in this country and it could be between 12 and 20 million. How can you try to pass a law when you have no idea who or how many people are going to be affected by it?
Second, I am against the increased guest worker program and that fact that it ups the number of high-tech visas awarded to those who are taking jobs that Americans do want; it is a form of out-sourcing but done right here in the U.S.
Third, although the bill allows for some new walls and security fencing at 300 additional miles, this is well short of the 700 miles the House has requested, and the Senate bill requires consultation with Mexico before any new walls or fences can be built.
Fourth, it creates a separate set of laws for those who are here illegally. Using, possessing, and creating false identification is a felony for citizens and using someone else’s Social Security number is also a felony for U.S. citizens, but under S. 2611 this would be a misdemeanor for all illegal immigrants because remember the bill does not give amnesty to those who have committed a felony.
Fifth, the bill establishes different rules for those who are here illegally depending on how long they have been here, where only those who have been here more than 2 years are granted amnesty and requires those who have been here less than two years to sing up for a guest worker program where they have less of a chance of obtaining citizenship. There is no way the government or any federal agency will be able to determine the residency of those who are have been living here illegally to determine how long they have been living here, and those who have been here less than two year will merely continue to break the law and continue to live here.
Sixth, the entire bill is 600 pages long with an additional 115 pages in amendments and few of the Senators actually bothered to read the entire bill, so almost none of them knew what they were voting on.
Seventh, the bill does not address the problem with anchor babies or the fact that Amendment XIV Section 1 states “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside,” and therefore, the parents of children born in this country to illegal immigrants are not subject to the jurisdictions of this country, so there children should not be subject to our laws or be citizens.

And eighth, the bill is completely unconstitutional. That’s right, the bill is Unconstitutional. According to Article 1 Section 7 of the U.S. Constitution, “All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other Bills.” The Senate bill S. 2611 includes a provision to tax immigrants who are granted amnesty by requiring them to pay back taxes in three of the last five years they lived here. The Constitution clearly states that the Senate can not propose a bill that would generate revenue or in this case tax any individual regardless of citizenship.

This bill creates a separate and unequal set of laws for illegal immigrants by not holding them to the same standards as U.S. citizens in the case of document fraud and using fake Social Security numbers, rewards those who have broken the law by granting them citizenship, hurts U.S. citizens in the IT fields and in high tech industries, takes away jobs from the poorest and least educated Americans, requires Mexico’s consent on building additional security fences, would be a bureaucratic nightmare on determining who has been here and for how long, continues to allow the 14th Amendment to be misinterpreted, and is UNCONSTITUTIONAL.
Maybe 62 Senators were too lazy or too stupid to read all 715 pages of this bill, but they agreed to it and they should be held accountable.


Blogger Publius said...

Did everyone already know this or has no one gone to the bottom to read how S. 2611 is unconstitutional? I have noticed that shorter posts get more comments, and maybe I should have only included the bottom part here, but it is still important to know how and why the Senate went beyond their powers in passing this bill.

Wed Jun 07, 11:50:00 PM  

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