Schumer's Promise to End Illegal Immigration Already Broken
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), one of the most vociferous proponents of the "Gang of Eight" immigration reform bill, celebrated yesterday's positive report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), saying that it "robs the bill's opponents of one of their last remaining arguments."
Schumer may want to check again.
The Associated Press acknowledges that the CBO predicts that the immigration reform bill will only decrease illegal immigration by 25%, because many new arrivals are expected to break the law by overstaying the work visas that the immigration bill creates.
Senate sources tell Breitbart News that could mean 7 million new illegal aliens. In addition, illegal immigration can and will continue across the nation's borders.
And yet Schumer, who is also one of the principal authors of the legislation, declared in the Senate last week that "Illegal immigration will be a thing of the past" as a result of the "Gang of Eight" immigration bill.
National Review Online quotes the relevant section of the report--and notes its political consequences:
"Other aspects of the bill would probably increase the number of unauthorized residents — in particular, people overstaying their visas issued under the new programs for temporary workers,” CBO writes. And as a result, “the net annual flow of unauthorized residents would decrease by about 25 percent relative to what would occur under current law.” That’s not an insignificant reduction, but it hardly inspires confidence that Gang’s proposal will be more successful than the failed 1986 reform bill at preventing future illegal immigration. Regarding our current levels of illegal immigration, Senator Marco Rubio has often said one of the goal’s of this bill is “to ensure this never happens again in the future."
The CBO report, flawed though it is, destroys one of the bill's main defenses. Rubio, at least, has proposed some amendments. Schumer's promise is broken before the immigration bill has even reached a vote.