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Bush's arrogance will hurt the country

This past week I wrote that the White House was both stupid and arrogant. This week President Bush spoke to the nation on the immigration problem and promptly proved that I was right.

Without doubt the overwhelming majority of Americans ­ Republican or Democrat ­ vehemently oppose giving illegal immigrants a pass and letting them become citizens as a reward for violating our borders.  Ignoring what a majority of Americans demand is just plain arrogant.

It's stupid to ignore the facts in the new Heritage Foundation report:  "If enacted, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act (CIRA, S.2611) would be the most dramatic change in immigration law in 80 years, allowing an estimated 103 million persons to legally immigrate to the U.S. over the next 20 years ‹ fully one-third of the current population of the United States.

"In contrast to the 103 million immigrants permitted under CIRA, current law allows 19 million legal immigrants over the next 20 years. "

… The report shows that the bill would grant amnesty to 85 percent of the current illegal immigrant population, or 10 million individuals.

… CIRA creates an entirely new "temporary guest worker" (H-2C) program. There is nothing temporary about this program; nearly all "guest workers" would have the right to become permanent residents and then citizens. 

… If all illegal immigrants received amnesty, federal tax payments would increase by fully $3,000 per household, but federal benefits and social services would increase by $8,000 per household. Total federal welfare benefits would reach around $9,500 per household, or $35 billion per year total. The study estimates that the net cost to the federal government of granting amnesty to some 3.8 million illegal alien households would be around $5,000 per household, for a total federal fiscal cost of $19 billion per year.

Finally, it's just plain stupid to ignore the fact the immigration issue is the hottest political issue around. To ignore the demands of the majority of the American people risks losing control of both houses of Congress and the consequences that would follow: endless investigations that would occupy much of the president's time in the middle of a war, and dooming the nation to a flood of expensive Marxist programs that would cause a gigantic increase in federal taxes. And that's just for starters.

Only answer one to the president's request that Congress enact his immigration program is possible: NO!!!

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