Stress integration to pass House bill

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  • bryant77 Provo, UT
    Aug. 8, 2013 11:14 a.m.

    Talking points against comprehensive reform have become empty rhetoric.

    “Comprehensive reform weakens the economy”. Not true. The CBO report shows the Senate bill raises revenue by taxing unauthorized immigrants and charging fines to get in line on a path to legalization/earned citizenship.

    “Comprehensive reform will flood the country will illegals”. Also untrue. The Senate bill decreases undocumented immigration by increasing border security, guest worker visas, and workplace enforcement.

    “Comprehensive reform is amnesty”. Again, untrue. The road to citizenship established in the Senate bill is tough. Immigrants would have to pay a fine and demonstrate English proficiency, history of employment, and economic solvency. They'd have to get in line behind others and would be penalized for it. The process would take them years. It's an earned path to citizenship, not amnesty.

    Comprehensive reform is not charity. It’s sound economic and social policy. Leading conservatives (including Karl Rove, Paul Ryan, and others) agree.

    The House should propose, debate, and pass their own comprehensive bill, rather than flounder in empty rhetoric. It’s good for the country. It’s good for the GOP. It’s good for families.

  • tenx Santa Clara, UT
    July 31, 2013 12:11 p.m.

    I can't believe that anyone who has actually READ the senate bill would vote for it. We really are in trouble. Viva LEGAL immigration. Stop ILLEGAL migration.

  • prelax Murray, UT
    July 30, 2013 1:02 a.m.

    The CBO showed just the opposite. It claimed a budget surplus of 197 billion in ten years, but in order to acheive that number, the Senate bill would have to pay for the program with social security trust funds. If they pay with general funds, it's a 14.7 billion dollar loss. The study does not include social programs increasing, or the cost to local government. The Senate bill is an economy killer. Many question if it was built so toxic to fail, thus becoming a talking point for Obama to use in the 2014 elections.

    We have "o" visas for high IQ people, it's unlimited, the H-1B visa is being used for teachers, nurses, accountants, law clerks, special ED students, physical therapists, mine engineers, U of U applied for someone to manage their videos for $10 in 2010, business analysts etc. Many are in the $27 to 35 range. The visa is not for genus level, but for average college educated professions. A genus would get the "o" visa. The Senate bill floods our legal immigration, and does nothing to stop our illegal immigration.