Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) has offered an amendment to the comprehensive immigration bill that would strip border security funding and redirect it to healthcare benefits for future Democrat voters “undocumented” immigrants. The Los Angeles Timesreported:
Sen. Barbara Boxer plans to push for Washington to provide $250 million and perhaps more to help local and state governments pay the cost of healthcare to uninsured immigrants who seek legal status under legislation now before the Senate.
Officials from Los Angeles County–home to an estimated 1.1 million people in the country illegally, one-tenth of the nation’s total–have expressed concern that local taxpayers will be “left holding the bag” to pay for the healthcare costs.
How does Barbara Boxer plan on “solving” this funding problem? Why, taking the money from a different pot, of course. The funding that Senator Marco Rubio has been talking about repeatedly, whereby newly documented immigrants pay financial penalties that are used for border security, would actually be used to fund welfare benefits — which has been the Democrats’ plan all along.
Supporters of the Senate bill have stressed repeatedly that newly legalized immigrants wouldn’t be eligible for federal welfare benefits. In almost half the states, however, they would be eligible for state and local government assistance. The legalization in the Senate bill would put a strain on already stretched government budgets. [...]
Boxer is also seeking to allow newly legalized immigrants to access federal welfare benefits sooner. Currently, it could take up to 15 years for immigrants to access the full range of federal assistance programs. Boxer would like to reduce that by 5 years.
Of course, Barbara Boxer is a fan of legalization, even though she lives in a state where immigrants are fast-tracked to the welfare system with their own personal Democrat liaisons. For those in the Republican Party who might have forgotten, Ronald Reagan’s 1986 amnestylegalization of nearly 3 million “undocumented” immigrants led to permanent Democrat majorities in California. And whether or not you like Ann Coulter, she cites verifiable statistics:
Currently, 71 percent of illegal immigrant households with children collect federal benefits.
In California — which will be America if Rubio’s plan goes through — 82 percent of households headed by an illegal immigrant are on welfare, as are 61 percent of households headed by legal immigrants, according to the March 2011 Current Population Survey by the Center for Immigration Studies.
If Ann Coulter is not your cup of tea, Harvard Professor George J. Borjas concluded in a reportwith internal citations that immigrants tend to cluster in high welfare states and use more welfare than the general population.
But for some reason, the Republican Party thinks that getting 11 million“undocumented” immigrants “out of the shadows” is of high priority with legal immigrant voters and that the newly documented can be wooed to the low taxation, small government way of looking at things (let’s pretend the GOP stands for this for the sake of argument). ABC News published a somewhatmisleading report that nonetheless puts its finger on the pivotal problem:
“It’s a long time coming. You’re talking about 15 to 20 years before we’re talking about a whole slew of new voters coming into the electorate,” said Jennifer Korn, executive director of the Hispanic Leadership Network, who served as Hispanic outreach director for George W. Bush’s presidential campaign.
“If Republicans can map out and change their positions with things that Hispanics do support — on less government, lower taxes, less regulations on small businesses — then they can really compete for the Hispanic vote over the next 20, 30 years.”
But it’s on the question of big government that Hispanics stand most solidly with Democrats. The 2011 Pew Hispanic Center survey asked Latinos whether they would “pay higher taxes to support a larger government or pay lower taxes and have a smaller government”? Hispanics backed higher taxes and more government by 75 percent to 19 percent.For the population as a whole, 48 percent favored smaller government to 41 percent wanting big government.
The coup de grace comes when Hispanics are asked to cite their top priority. Only 12 percent said immigration; half chose the economy and jobs—where they stand with Democrats.
The Democrats are not negotiating in good faith on immigration and simply want immigrants to get on the public welfare dolls and onto Democrat voter rolls as fast as possible. Senator Boxer’s amendment gives the game away, and Republicans are terrible poker players if they don’t notice it.