Phoenix Press Release
May 21, 2013
Contact: Publicity Coordinator Barbra Heller 602-505-8760; email@example.com
Location: Senator McCain & Flakes Phoenix Offices, S/E Corner of Camelback and 22nd ST.
Time: Tuesday May 21 2013, 10:00 am
CITIZENS OF PHOENIX DENOUNCE COMPREHENSIVE AMNESTY BILL–
CALL ON CONGRESS TO REMEMBER THE LESSONS OF THE FAILED 1986 AMNESTY
PHOENIX, AZ – The citizens of Phoenix join in a coalition of citizen lobbyist and border control organizations on this day in calling on Congress to solve the illegal immigration crisis that has plagued the U.S. for decades. The “Remember 1986 Coalition” advocates for true immigration reform without a controversial amnesty element which has scuttled previous attempts at federal immigration legislation.
Our plan for true immigration reform includes:
· Mandatory use of E-Verify by employers to ensure a legal workforce;
· Enforcement of existing immigration laws;
· Real border security with secure border fencing to prevent unlawful entry;
· Reasonable annual legal immigration levels;
· An end to birthright citizenship for children born to parents who are not citizens or Legal Permanent Residents; and
· Corrections in guest worker programs to end fraud and abuse.
The Coalition is working to educate Members of Congress and the public about the adverse consequences of our ill-advised national immigration policies and to advocate real, common sense solutions that adjust our policies to the needs of the citizenry.
If passed by Congress, S. 744 would have disastrous consequences for American workers and taxpayers.
S. 744 would add 33 million foreign job seekers in the next decade alone. That would be like re-creating ALL of the Top 20 cities in the United States, filling them entirely with foreign citizens and giving them lifetime work permits to compete with America’s struggling workers — and in just 10 years time.
Every part of S. 744 was written as though America is facing a severe labor shortage crisis. But according to an April, 2013 Pulse Opinion Research poll, 70% of Americans disagree that America is faced with a labor shortage and needs more immigrant workers.
The Heritage Foundation released the results of its exhaustive study of the costs of giving amnesty to 11 million illegal aliens - $6.3 trillion net costs over the lifetimes of the amnesty recipients. Senators supporting S. 744 talk only about the costs in the first 10 years when the bill forbids use of most welfare and entitlements. The study agrees that during the first 10 years that net costs of the illegal aliens will go down as many illegal aliens start working ON the books. But the costs will explode around the 13th or 14th year and grow worse over the decades — trillions of dollars worse.
The 1986 amnesty signed into law by President Reagan failed because the enforcement measures were promises of what would come after the work permits and legalization were handed out. Nearly every form of enforcement that S. 744 promises — or at least recommends — was also promised in the 1986, 1990 and 1996 immigration acts. But those promises were never kept because there were never any guarantees in the bills.
Senators like Marco Rubio of Florida promised enforcement first before an amnesty. But the initial amnesty — legalization and work permits — comes first in S. 744. There are no hard enforcement triggers before the initial amnesty. According to an April, 2013 Pulse Opinion Research poll, only 26% of Americans agree with giving work permits before full border and workplace enforcement.
For more information, contact Publicity Coordinator Barbra Heller 602-505-8760; firstname.lastname@example.org locally or visit the Remember 1986 Coalition, www.remember1986.com.