Nobles and Knaves
Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Nobles: Robert Rector, a Heritage Foundation fellow whose research exposed the Senate's immigration "reform" bill.
In an immigration debate long on demogoguery, short on honesty, its end occasions a word or two about the latter.
Top honors go to Mr. Rector, senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation. It was Mr. Rector who, while the "world's greatest deliberative body" staged its sideshow, published two reports on the bill's consequences. First, fiscally, the bill "if enacted, would be the largest expansion of the welfare state in 35 years," he found. "The long-term cost of government benefits to the parents of 10 million recipients of amnesty could be $30 billion per year or more."
Unfortunately, not much could be done to the cost of the bill without gutting its proponents' sanctified amnesty provisions. The attempt to do so failed.
But Mr. Rector's second report found that "if enacted, [the bill] would be the most dramatic change in immigration law in 80 years, allowing an estimated 103 million persons to legally immigrate to the U.S. over the next 20 years fully one-third of the current population of the United States." A vast majority of this growth sprung from a nasty provision in the guest-worker program that would have allowed 325,000 guest-workers into the country plus a 20 percent automatic increase every year after enactment. …