Amnesty effort a mistake, says Mehlman

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Chad Groening (

An immigration reform organization says it would be a big mistake for Republicans to go along with Democrats and approve amnesty for millions of illegal aliens in the United States.

In the wake of the Democrats' election victories, pro-amnesty legislators are renewing their efforts to pass so-called "comprehensive immigration reform," or amnesty, for an estimated 11 million illegal aliens.

Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) announced on separate weekend news shows their intentions to get that done. Republican House Speaker John Boehner (OH) has also indicated it is time to address immigration policy.

Mehlman, Ira (Federation for American Immigration Reform)Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), says the solution to immigration reform should be what best benefits the citizens of the United States.

"The immigration system as it's working now doesn't bring in the kind of people who are going to move up the economic ladder speedily, and that doesn't benefit the country," he contends.

"We are increasing the size of our dependent population through immigration, and it doesn't benefit the American people."

The FAIR spokesman asserts that the plan's claim that illegal aliens will have to "go to the back of the line" is completely untrue.

"What Lindsey Graham and Chuck Schumer are proposing is creating a brand new line for people who are here illegally. The people who actually are playing by the rules -- their line begins someplace in another country," Mehlman explains.

"They go to an American embassy or consulate, fill out the paperwork, and then they can wait years and years before they have their opportunity to come to the United States."

But according to Mehlman, the amnesty plan allows people to remain in the United States illegally and continue to collect government benefits -- unlike those who play by the rules.

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