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Tag: immigration reform

The CBO Has A Nifty New Estimate For Deficit Scolds To Ignore

by evanmcmurry

You already knew this, but now you know know it:

The immigration bill under consideration in the Senate would reduce federal deficits by nearly $200 billion over the next decade, and continue generating savings in the years beyond, even after millions of new citizens became eligible for health-care and welfare benefits, congressional budget analysts said Tuesday.

[snip] Those changes would boost spending on federal programs, including tax credits for low-income families, health-care benefits and law enforcement, the agency found. But those costs would be more than offset by an increase in tax revenue from a larger workforce, it said. In its second decade, when people currently living here illegally would become eligible for federal benefits, the legislation would reduce deficits by as much as $1 trillion, the CBO said.

Now’s when everyone who’s spent the past three years screaming about the deficit as if the building were on fire magically decides that deficit concerns are subservient to demagoguing brown people principle.

For added irony, the response to this is “how will immigrants pay taxes if there are no jobs?!??1?!?!” Putting aside the gradually-improving job market, there are no jobs thanks to our glorious 2010-2013 run of austerity, which artificially restrained job growth, all in the name of lowering—wait for it—the deficit.

Behold the New 70-Vote Majority

by evanmcmurry

I watched a West Wing the other day in which the Bartlet admin was trying to win a Senate vote 51-49. Oddly, no one seemed concerned about where the other nine votes were coming from.

In the new Congress, the margin to pass anything through the Senate is inching up even more, from 60 to 70 votes, under the logic that for a GOP-led House to even consider a bill it needs to have demonstrated overwhelming support in the Senate. This logic started with the Toomey-Manchin amendment on background checks, and is now threatening the immigration reform plan:

Pro-immigrant advocates are pushing back against the Gang of Eight’s strategy to win 70 votes or more for comprehensive immigration reform, fearing it would require too many concessions to Republicans.

Liberal advocates of comprehensive immigration reform argue the bill only needs 60 votes to clear the Senate and that additional concessions to pad the vote total are not necessary.

“Only 60.”

If you think the House is going to pass anything the looneez don’t want, 70 votes or no, you’re out of your mind. If anything, the more votes a bill gets the more it becomes representative of the Washington back room dealings it took to get it there, so all the more reason to oppose out of hand, for the children.

(This is also a neat way to de-fang filibuster reform. If you can make winning a vote 55-45 cheating, your work is done for you.)

Metaphor of the Day

by evanmcmurry

Two immigration trains have left the station in the House, but no one knows which one Speaker John A. Boehner wants to eventually arrive on the floor. (via)

Read the whole thing to see the newest jackass trying to capsize immigration reform for no other reason than obstinance.

We Don’t Need More Border Security Because We Don’t Have An Illegal Immigration Problem

by evanmcmurry

Suzy Khimm points out the bloody obvious: we actually have drastically increased border security in the last decade, especially under Obama. Combine this with the fact that illegal immigration has slowed to a complete halt—a decrease related to said increased security, but in no way explained by it—and the border security part of immigration reform announced this morning is pretty much all noise. The illegal immigration “crisis” has nothing to do with actual border crossing, and everything to do with caring for and assimilating the people who are already here.