Corker–Hoeven amnesty amendment doesn’t hire border patrol agents until 2017
So far we’ve learned two things about the ‘big security compromise’ in the Corker–Hoeven-Schumer amnesty ‘security’ amendment. Not only does it grant permanent citizenship to those who overstay visas, but it also doesn’t even hire any new border agents until the year 2017. A full four years will go by before one new border patrol agent is put on the border to help ‘secure the border.’
The Schumer-Corker-Hoeven amendment doesn’t change the bill’s amnesty first framework. Instead it goes even further and creates an automatic amnesty for future illegal aliens. Section 2302 says if you overstay your visa in the future you can still apply for a green card and become a citizen. It is permanent lawlessness. Joined with existing language that restricts future enforcement, it guarantees unending illegal immigration.
Contrary to their rhetoric there is no border surge. The Secretary [of Homeland Security] doesn’t even have to start hiring new border patrol agents until 2017, and the amendment only gives her until 2021 to increase the number by 20,000. According to the National Association of Former Border Patrol Agents, this hiring process could take up to 20 years. Much like the 2006 law requiring a 700-mile border fence, it’s never going to happen.
To raise money, the amendment increases fees on visas for legal immigrants, but keeps the same low fees and fines for those applying for amnesty – favoring illegal over legal immigrants. Under the 2007 comprehensive immigration bill, amnesty applicants had to pay up to $8,000 – vastly more than the fines in the current plan which total only $2,000 and are subject to numerous waivers. The Gang has repeatedly claimed their bill is completely paid for by fees. However, under the Schumer-Corker-Hoeven amendment, the American taxpayers are on the hook for $38 billion.
Not only is the ‘security’ amendment the work of RINOs Corker and Hoeven, but it was also written by Communist Democrats like Chuck Schumer and Bob Menendez. Isn’t it funny how these two were not present at the big announcement of this so called security amendment.