Senate Amnesty Bill Defeated
Today was a great day in the 110th Congress as the Senate defeated the amnesty bill by a vote of 46 - 53. I want to personally thank our principled Texas Senators, Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn, for standing up for Texas and for the rule of law despite immense pressure from Democrats and the White House.
Helping to stop this dangerous and destructive amnesty bill will rank as one of the most important things I will ever do in Congress. America already faces a crushing national debt of over $29,000 per person. On top of this burden, the Government Accountability Office estimates that every American would need to pay at least $170,000 to satisfy the existing obligations of Social Security, welfare, Medicare, Medicaid and all other entitlement programs.
I admire and trust the Heritage Foundation, and they estimate the costs of the bill at $2.6 TRILLION because the amnesty would legalize all illegal aliens and their immediate families and make them eligible for our overburdened social programs. History proves that the vast majority of newly legalized illegal aliens will draw far more dollars in government services than they will pay in taxes.
Worst of all, amnesty combined with the totalization agreement that the Social Security Administration signed with Mexico, would allow every illegal alien from Mexico and their immediate family anywhere in the world to receive Social Security, and they would vest after only SIX quarters! Law abiding American citizens do not vest until after 40 quarters. (I expect to enact a law that will block the Mexican totalization agreement from going into effect).
There are many problems with this bill, and I would encourage you to read the following outlines of the biggest concerns that we have with it. The first is a list of problems prepared by the Heritage Foundation. You can read the bill yourself here, along with the amendments that were proposed today on the Senate floor. It is very important that we all stay vigilant and that we familiarize ourselves with the details of this amnesty bill because I expect the Democrats will try to resurrect it.
For now, since we have fought hard to defeat this amnesty bill, we should enjoy this great victory because it is a vivid illustration of the power of individual Americans to arm themselves with accurate, detailed information. The Internet has turned the Silent Majority of the 1970's into the unstoppable Wired Majority of the 21st Century. Our elected officials cannot hide behind glib sound bites or generalizations - we will read the bill and do our homework and expose frauds wherever they are. Today, the American people were so outraged by this amnesty bill that the Senate telephone switchboard crashed under the weight of angry callers. Even the most insulated and isolated U. S. Senators had to listen and respond.
We must redouble our efforts to make the administration enforce our existing immigration laws and secure our borders. It is important to remember that Congress has already passed all the immigration laws we need to secure our borders and grant visas swiftly and safely to legal immigrants. All that is missing is law enforcement, which is why I am totally focused on sending over $150 million to sheriffs along our southern border. I know Texas sheriffs, and I know with certainty that as soon as they have hired enough deputies and given them the equipment they need, America will have law and order on the border in a matter of weeks. I am also focused on building requirements into Homeland Security funding that will cut programs and even paychecks of DHS employees who fail to perform background checks or stop criminals or terrorists from sneaking into our country.
I will use every legal, legislative and political tool at my disposal to make the administration enforce our immigration laws and secure our border, and I will not rest until these goals are achieved. I will fight amnesty for illegal aliens at all costs. I am immensely proud to represent the people of West Houston, and I will always do my best to make you proud of my work on your behalf.