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Immigration bill: So the chipping away begins
Posted by: McQ on Sunday, May 20, 2007

Why am I not surprised by this:
The Bush administration insisted on a little-noticed change in the bipartisan Senate immigration bill that would enable 12 million undocumented residents to avoid paying back taxes or associated fines to the Internal Revenue Service, officials said.

An independent analyst estimated the decision could cost the IRS tens of billions of dollars.

A provision requiring payment of back taxes had been in the initial version of a bill proposed by Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the Massachusetts Democrat. But the administration called for the provision to be removed due to concern that it would be too difficult to figure out which illegal immigrants owed back taxes.
I wonder, if I make it difficult will the IRS will back off on claiming a total of back taxes owed by me?

You know, as I read the provisions of the bill as originally outlined (fine, 8 to 13 years for residency, fence, border agents, back taxes, work visa and a limit on the number of workers, etc.), it didn't sound that bad (which did surprise me). And the idea of putting "triggers" in the law in which some things have to be accomplished before others can be started is also appealing.

Here's the problem, however, and it is a problem I think most people who are against this bill share ... we have absolutely no confidence that this administration or any other administration will actually do what they say they're going to do. And seeing the removal of this provision is only proof that we seem to be right to have that concern.
 
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The Bush administration insisted on a little-noticed change in the bipartisan Senate immigration bill that would enable 12 million undocumented residents to avoid paying back taxes or associated fines to the Internal Revenue Service, officials said
Remember the old credit card commercial line? "Membership has it’s privileges"?

Well, can you tell me exactly what privs. I get from my American membership (citizenship) anymore? I have to follow laws others don’t, get boned by the IRS where others don’t, and have to deal with the dictates of a myriad of (quasi) governmental agencies where others don’t.

What’s that you say, at least I get to vote where others don’t? Not for fricking long I don’t, based on current trends.

What am I getting for my membership that others don’t/won’t/can’t?

This isn’t a Dem vs GOP thing anymore, because they’ve both banded together to sell us out on this deal.

Disgusting.
 
Written By: shark
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I am with Mark Steyn who is with you: IF I could immigrate again, I’d do it ILLEGALLY, to amass the benefits!

Americans are suffering by obeying laws, sometimes well-meant and sometimes ill-considered, but this ’immigration’ bill is making clear that WE DON’T BELIEVE American GOVERNMENT, Dem or Rep, WILL CARRY OUT/ENACT/FOLLOW-UP on ANY of this!

Go ahead, Mr Bush, prove me wrong!
 
Written By: Karridine
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I think this is because they would not be able to know when they entered the country, started working, etc., so what is the point?

I guess it would have a symbolic effect and the honor system might get some to pay up, but an illegal immigrant probably isn’t going to have a compunction to tell the truth about their wages for the past 7 years or whatever.

If they had some sort of seniority system for the amnesty, people would admit to more years and then we could charge by year. (I think asking about their income would end up with a lot of people who magically made just the minimum to avoid taxation.) Or we could review any US bank accounts they held for assets. That’s a lot of work.

I mean, the whole amnesty is a little absurd as everyone is pointing out. I wonder if legal greencard holders will have protests where they burn their greencards in protest?
 
Written By: Harun
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The union flip-flop:

It’s easy. They think the illegals will come out of the shadows, and thus they will end up having to join the unions...

It’s a membership drive for the Unions, simple as that...
 
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