By Michael W. Cutler, November 26, 2021
The PBS News Hour published a report on November 19, 2021, which included an interview with Nancy Pelosi in which she stated:
“Much has been said on this floor, but the facts are these. Following the vision of President Biden, guided by the expertise and energy of our chairs, members and staff, we have a Build Back Better bill that is historic, transformative and larger than anything we have ever done before.”
It is worth noting that, although this bill includes a massive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, there was absolutely no mention of immigration whatsoever in the PBS article.
While many elements in the Build Back Better Act are more than problematic, in my judgement, the amnesty included in this ill-conceived bill would, by itself, fulfill Nancy’s dream of “transformative legislation.”
While PBS blatantly ignored the immigration elements of Build Back Better, The Hill simultaneously reported, “Historic immigration reform included in House-passed spending bill.”
If the provision is approved by the Senate as-is, the immigration measure in the bill would allow undocumented people present in the U.S. since before 2011 up to 10 years of work authorization, falling short of an initial goal to offer them a pathway to citizenship.
The provision approved by the House offers a sort of waiver to immigration laws, using a process known as parole to allow people to stay in the country for five years with the option to extend for another five years thereafter.
About 6.5 million people would stand to benefit from the measure directly, according to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
According to that analysis, about 3 million of those people would become eligible to springboard from the parole status to legal permanent residency, the first step toward citizenship.
The Hill’s article served as the prediction for my piece in which I addressed my concerns about how Build Back Better would deal with immigration and how, in turn, the immigration components of that bill would deal with America.
As things currently stand, immigration is already a unique and singular issue that profoundly impacts nearly every challenge and threat that confronts the United States and American citizens.
Immigration and the related issue of border security impact national security, public safety, public health, and the jobs and wages of Americans.
In my recent article, Biden’s Build Back Better Speeds the Fencing of America (this had nothing to do with the border wall), I stated:
In law enforcement the term “Fence” refers to one who sells stolen property.
By failures of border security, a lack of the enforcement of our immigration laws from within the interior of the United States and huge numbers of visas for high tech workers, the lives and livelihoods of Americans and their children, are being stolen by America’s corrupt political elite who are doing the bidding of those who provide them with huge “Campaign Contributions” (Orwellian euphemism for bribes) pursue legislation that is diametrically opposed to the best interests of America and Americans.
The primary issue that is never addressed is how providing lawful status to millions of illegal aliens would serve the best interests of America and Americans. There is no way to interview those millions of illegal aliens, and certainly no way to conduct field investigations to determine if the claims made in their applications are truthful. An alien who entered the U.S. last week could claim to have entered more than a decade ago and easily get away with that deception.
The 9/11 Commission, to which I provided testimony, identified immigration fraud and visa fraud as the key methods of entry and embedding for terrorists.
There would be no way to determine when these aliens actually entered the United States. Aliens who run over our borders enter the U.S. without inspection. Therefore, they do not create a record of entry. Without a time-consuming field investigation, the adjudications officers would not have a reliable means of determining their dates of entry.
So while the bill requires that aliens who participate in the proposed amnesty program must have entered the U.S. no later than 2011, there would be no way to prevent massive fraud.
The Reagan administration enacted the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA). At the time the IRCA was signed into law, it was estimated that about one million illegal aliens would participate in the program. By the time the bureaucratic smoke cleared, more than 3.5 million aliens were granted lawful status.
Furthermore, there has never been an accounting as to how many minor children and spouses were lawfully admitted to join their legalized parents and spouses in the U.S.
Today, Pelosi and the Democrats project Build Back Better would benefit 6.5 million illegal aliens.
Imagine if the actual number was three or four times greater — as was the case during the Reagan administration — and as a consequence, we wound up with 20 or 25 million aliens from around the world, including countries that sponsor terrorism.
Now imagine if, on average, each legalized alien petitioned to have four children join them here. We could have an influx of more than 100 million immigrant children. About 15 years ago, the Congressional Budget Office estimated it costs an additional 20 to 40 percent to educate children who are not English proficient.
Imagine the impact an influx of so many millions of aliens would have on national security, public safety, public health, education, the environment, the economy (including jobs and wages), critical infrastructure — and even inflation, as many more people would need all sorts of consumables and housing.
For once, Nancy has told the truth! Build Back Better would most certainly be “transformative” — irreversibly transformative!
Mike is a Senior Special Agent, INS (Ret.)