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Amnesty makes no sense

June 30, 2009
Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas

‘Attrition through enforcement’ is better way for immigration reform

Unemployment hit 15.5% last month for American workers without high school diplomas. It makes no sense to give amnesty or a “path to citizenship” to millions of illegal immigrants who would compete with unemployed Americans for scarce jobs and drive down their wages.

Amnesty would hurt American taxpayers. After illegal immigrants are legalized, they’d become eligible for federal, state and local taxpayer-funded benefits such as Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security.

Most illegal immigrants don’t earn enough to pay taxes. Even when they do, the benefits they receive outweigh the taxes paid.

Amnesty would threaten to bankrupt Social Security. According to the Social Security Administration, most illegal immigrants who received amnesty would collect thousands of dollars more in benefits than they paid into the system.

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