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You could call the Heritage Foundation's new study of the cost of immigration reform ($6.3 trillion!) dishonest, fraudulent, and downright sickening, but that would miss the mark. The truth is it simply provides convenient way for anyone who touts it to avoid saying "wetback" in public. It is bullshit cover for Jim DeMint's and everyone at the Heritage Foundation's straight up cross-burning, sheet-wearing racism:
During the ten-year “interim phase” after the bill is passed, in which illegal immigrants would be given legal status but would be ineligible for means-tested welfare programs and Obamacare, the average fiscal deficit for their households would fall to around $12,500 a year because of increased tax payments. Following this initial period, however, government spending would “increase dramatically” — once formerly illegal immigrants become eligible for those programs, average fiscal deficits would rise to about $29,500 per household. During retirement, when former illegal immigrants, now permanent residents or citizens, would be eligible for Social Security and Medicare benefits, the net cost to taxpayers would remain high, at around $22,700 per retiree per year.
Let me translate this for you: DeMint is saying that if undocumented people in this country become citizens, then by god they'll be eligible for the things that citizens are eligible for! In other words, the goddamn latinos will have the same rights as other citizens! As if somehow that doesn't make complete sense.

Set aside the fact that DeMint smears all immigrants as spending their lives on welfare and then going on to retire on Social Security and Medicare. Even though they do all of the real work that old fucks like him don't have the balls or work ethic to ever do. DeMint is saying even after becoming citizens, those people don't deserve the same rights and benefits as people like him. Namely, old rural conservative white men with extra big arsenals.

You know what? Fuck it. If they cost $6.3 trillion, FINE. I propose that we pay for every dime of their costs by taxing the everloving shit out Jim Fucking DeMint and ever other rich old fuck. And if they don't like it, I suggest they self-deport. Yeah I said it...get the fuck out.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Is lack of documentation retroactive? (8+ / 0-)

    I can think of some pilgrims that could be deported

    ;-)

    "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

    by LaFeminista on Mon May 06, 2013 at 09:30:31 AM PDT

  •  Works for me. (4+ / 0-)
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    howabout, LaFeminista, Joieau, Eric Nelson

    Who cares what the fucking Republicans would vote for? They'd vote for cooking poor children and exporting them as delicacies if they had the chance. -- Jim P

    by Colorado is the Shiznit on Mon May 06, 2013 at 09:43:19 AM PDT

  •  Why is citizenship even in the critical path? (1+ / 0-)
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    LaFeminista

    Legal employment and residency, drivers licenses, freedom and liberty to move around without fear of deportation or discrimination, to be treated with dignity seems like a pretty decent bottom line for immigration reform. The so-called path to citizenship debate seems like an unnecessary manufactured complication of the most basic urgent problems. Demands to eliminate deportations and abuse and the ability to freely travel back and forth across the Southern border is not equal to citizenship.

    Of course popular support for net more taxes will be impossible to sell. Duh!  Fear of increasing cost is a no-brainer weapon regardless of race. But the numbers DeMint quoted are in contradiction to California's actual experience with immigrants from Mexico today without reform! His absurdly pessimistic projection that legal immigration results in poverty either minimizes the value of education and strong work ethic or the future of the US economy. DeMint's data was out of left field and so was his  incoherent case.

    •  Citizenship is important (0+ / 0-)

      People should not be taxed and regulated if they can't vote. That's just wrong.

      I'm against immigration in general. I believe it hurts American workers. But even so, I want any plan we choose to end up with 100% citizens.

      No green cards, special visas, guest workers, or Probational Americans.

      •  I support immigration & agree citizenship... (0+ / 0-)

        ...is important, for the same reasons you list, at least, but I don't believe it's either in the critical path of the most urgently needed immigration reforms nor do I believe for  one second that this Congress is ready, willing, or able to handle the clearly tougher question of citizenship. Keep it simple for this Congress and maybe it will have a slight chance of a reasonable outcome.

  •  Btw, you have a typo in your (0+ / 0-)

    last paragraph. Thought you'd wanna know.

    I'd wanna know.

    Who cares what the fucking Republicans would vote for? They'd vote for cooking poor children and exporting them as delicacies if they had the chance. -- Jim P

    by Colorado is the Shiznit on Mon May 06, 2013 at 09:44:20 AM PDT

  •  DeMint who™? (3+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson, filby, Calamity Jean

    He's irrelevant...

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Mon May 06, 2013 at 10:30:38 AM PDT

  •  Even CATO rejects thei Hertitage report as.. (2+ / 0-)
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    Silvia Nightshade, Egalitare

    "Fataly Flawed"

    There are indications that The Heritage Foundation may soon release an updated version of its 2007 report, “The Fiscal Cost of Low-Skill Immigrants to the U.S. Taxpayer,” by Robert Rector. That 2007 report’s flawed methodology produced a grossly exaggerated cost to federal taxpayers of legalizing unauthorized immigrants while undercounting or discounting their positive tax and economic contributions – greatly affecting the 2007 immigration reform debate.
    Norquist joins CATO
    I would also like to bring to your attention another Heritage study from 2006, “TheReal Problem with Immigration…and the Real Solution,” by Tim Kaine and Kirk Johnson. In it, the authors extoll the economic virtues of immigration while emphasizing the need for a secure border. Among Kaine and Johnson’s findings:

    ·      Illegal immigrants “come to America primarily for better jobs and in the process add value to the U.S. economy”.

    ·      “The argument that immigrants harm the American economy should be dismissed out of hand”.

    ·      Immigrant labor has “a very minor effect” on native wages.

    ·      “Most immigrant families have a positive fiscal impact on the U.S., adding $88,000 more in tax revenue than they consume inservices”.

    ·      “Social security payroll taxes paid by undocumented workers have led to a $463 billion funding surplus” (as of 2006).

    Sounds like Jim "waterloo" Demint and the Heritage foundation missed the play-nice-to-Immigrants-until-republicans-secure-the-Latino-vote memo.

    Never mind that over half the "immigrants" counted in the study are actual US citizens

  •  Tipped and recced for proper application... (1+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson

    ...of self-deport.

    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Mon May 06, 2013 at 12:19:44 PM PDT

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