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.
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
"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
"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.