Ted Cruz Exposes Amnesty Bill: $5000 Penalty For Hiring Citizens Over Legalized Aliens


We can't possibly expect our Senators to read a 1200 page bill before voting on it. Can we? Well Thank God Ted Cruz read it. Not only did Cruz read it but he schooled anyone who would listen from the Senate floor on Tuesday. Cruz found a loophole that actually penalizes an employer $5000 for hiring a citizen over a legalized alien. Seriously. You can't make this stuff up. Senator Cruz was quoted as saying:

"I filed an amendment that would have corrected one of the most egregious aspects of the gang of eight bill as it intersects with Obamacare legislation, namely a penalty imposed on U.S. employers for hiring U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents. This bill says if an employer hires a citizen or a legal immigrant, the IRS can impose a $5,000 penalty on that employer. But if the employer instead hires someone with RPI status, that penalty will go away. That is utterly and completely indefensible."

"Nobody in this body wants to see African-American unemployment go up. Nobody wants to see Hispanic unemployment go up, youth unemployment go up, union household unemployment go up, legal immigrant unemployment go up. Yet every one of those will happen if this Gang of Eight bill passes without fixing this problem. If that happens, all 100 members of the U.S. Senate will be accountable to our constituents for explaining why we voted to put a federal penalty on hiring U.S. citizens and hiring legal immigrants. I hope this body will choose to pass my amendment and fix this grave defect in the Gang of Eight legislation."

It would be very interesting to know whose hand was responsible for slipping this into the bill but it surely won't be the only surprise that comes from a 1200 page bill that has not been scrutinized by the majority of those who voted to pass it.

John Hayward reports:

Cruz already weathered a few hilariously botched attempts to "fact-check" his claim into oblivion, which ended with the "fact checkers" admitting he was right about the problem, but questioning whether employers would respond to this incentive on the scale he envisions.  (That, of course, is a difference of opinion, not a fact check.)

For added fun, the Weekly Standard collared five of the Democrat senators who voted to cut off debate on the immigration bill, and asked for their take on the problem Cruz describes.  None of them knew if the loophole had been addressed yet.  Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) babbled something incoherent that had nothing to do with the question; Tom Carper (D-DE) snarled that he was too busy to answer the question; and Max "Train Wreck" Baucus, the author of ObamaCare, mumbled: "We're trying to solve that right now… I don't know if that's been solved."

America, what in the hell are these Senators trying to sell us? I don't even know where to begin with this story so I believe I will stop while I am ahead. Senator Cruz sums up the problem really well in the video. I will defer to the expert.

As my friend Jessica Smith told me yesterday when she passed this on, "Are you ready for your head to explode?" I think it already has Jessica.

This is unreal, unbelievable and unforgivable.

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  • Barbi

    Folks, things are not going to get better. America has filled her cup of iniquity, and God is allowing this to happen to bring her down. He does not continue to bless a nation that persists in rebellion. We let the liberals get away with too much for too long, and their immense sin against God has brought us to this. God will not be mocked. However, there is another reason as well why God is allowing this all to happen. Preparations are being made, all the pieces are being put into place, all the freedoms are being taken away, and the stage is being set.... for Revelation to soon be fulfilled. We are living squarely at the end of this world, and hell is about to be unleashed. Get your Bibles out.

  • RamingtonStall

    Oust them! Oust them ALL!

  • Keltlady

    Time for %recycling and more to say the least. 99% of them are snake oil salesmen/women whatever like in the Gangs of New York movie. They disgust me. They are certainly not virtuous and don't give a damn about anything but their paycheck. GET RID OF THEM....the arrogant dullards.

  • kenvandoren

    We need blood in the aisles, figuratively if not literally. MAJOR house cleaning of Congress is needed, with only the likes of Cruz, Paul, Amash, Lee and a few others surviving. Another bill with the consequence if not the intention of destroying our economy. Employers will surely be gun shy about hiring anyone if we further complicate this.

  • gregzotta

    Those Senators who voted for this
    amnesty bill are traitors. They claim there is 11 million illegals in this
    country, yet they do not enforce the law. These 11+million illegals amounts to
    an invasion. These Senators take an oath to support and defend the
    Constitution, which includes securing and defending its borders from invasion.
    There are immigration laws already on the books. Enforce them.

  • gregzotta

    The proponents of this amnesty bill claim it is to bring the 11 million
    illegals “out of the shadows.” They claim they will pay a fine, pay taxes, not
    be eligible for Obamacare and will go back to the end of the line.

    First off, there are more than 11 million illegals in this country with
    more to come.Let’s just use their numbers for the sake of discussion. What will
    the fine be and what if they cannot pay? Will they be deported or will the fine
    be waived; or more likely subsidized? As
    for paying taxes; many of these illegals are low skilled, working low wage jobs
    and if you believe Jeb Bush are more fertile than legal white American
    citizens. Therefore, they will not be paying any income taxes. In fact, they
    will be getting tax credits i.e. money from the taxpayers, unless our tax
    system is changed, which it should to a flat tax or fair tax.

    These illegals, according to the
    proponents will not be eligible for Obamacare, however that does not mean they
    will not be treated, unless they change the law regarding treatment; wherein
    the medical facility can refuse treatment. What are the chances of that
    happening? And wasn’t that one of the
    reasons they gave for giving us the abomination that is Obamacare. Then there
    will be the employers who will be terminating many legal Americans, replacing
    them with the illegals due to Obamacare.

    Then they claim the illegals will have to get back to the end of the
    line. The end of the line should be their country of origin and it could be
    accomplished without passing this monstrous “Amnesty” bill. The Government just
    needs to enforce current immigration laws and deport them when found. If these
    illegals are allowed to stay; what happens to the people who are trying to come
    to this country legally? Will they be allowed to enter or will they have to
    wait and be punished for trying to do it the right way? If a law is not
    enforced, is it a law? The illegals
    should not be rewarded for bad behavior. They need to be deported. Granted,just
    like the illegals did not get here all at once; the Government is not going to
    round up the 11+million all at once and deport them. Nevertheless, the Government can let it be
    known that when the illegals are found, they will be deported. Then most of
    them would probably self deport. Otherwise, what do you say to the people who
    went through the process and gained access or are trying to gain access to this country legally? There is no reason
    to pass this monstrous "immigration/amnesty" bill, just enforce the
    laws already on the books.

  • James Villapudua

    RECALL every one of your "elected" officials

  • patriotgrandma

    the elected need to be unelected.....they are out of control and anti AMERICA.

  • johughsie

    WHY are these people STILL there?? They have no idea what's going on.

  • flagit

    the only reason i can think of to insert a provision like this into a bill, is to flat out start a revolution. come to our country, work these jobs, take these benefits, cause the people that used to do it have figured out we are screwing them, big time.

  • pmbalele

    Ted won't get elected if he runs for WH bid. He is out.

  • Gidget

    I live in FL and am proud to say I signed the petition to recall marco rubio.

  • sarum

    If that Obammycare penalty is now $5K then the price tag for hiring any low wage citizen is actually $8K because the employer also misses out on the $3K incentive reward for hiring illegals and even counting "the hours the employee failed to work" to collect that $3K.

  • bynbel

    I never thought I would put Egypt up as an example, but realizing their mistake in voting in the Muslim Brotherhood, they are out on the streets again demanding to bring down the Morsi. presidency. The Muslim Brotherhood took over the last revolt and took credit for bringing down Mubarak. They painted themselves are being moderate and for Democracy. Now that people see their agenda for what it is they are out on the streets again. Then again, the media is reporting the news and people are informed, unlike here where the media is complicit in the lies coming out of DC. We can start by bringing down the Leftist media, by boycotting them: the networks, the newsprint, magazines, movies and companies like GE that have sold us out. This is something everyone can do without exposing themselves to government terror from the IRS, NSA, EPA, DOJ, etc.

  • TEXAS DEPUTY

    Way to go, Ted Cruz! The only immigration reform we need is to actively enforce the immigration laws already on the books, and to immediately round up all illegal aliens and deport them. Illegals are destroying the American economy, and taking jobs away from American citizens. They do not spend their money in this country, but send it back 'home' to be spent in other countries. They refuse to assimilate into the American culture, refuse to learn English, and think that American laws do not apply to them, not unlike Muslims. We should put a halt to all immigration, except in very rare circumstances...And while we are at it, send Obama back to Kenya...

  • disqus_nvXvxmz2fY

    Vote on a bill without reading it should be criminal offense!!

  • Emilio Flores

    Ah tole yew fellers that Obammy is tryin to screw us sumthin fierce!

  • lowercaselettersonly

    I wrote to Marco Rubio the other day and told him that the 1200 page immigration bill submitted to him had been written for years, didn't just get written over night. Just like the obamacare bill, 2500 pages, when I read the passage where they referred to "retarded" people I knew that bill was substantially written in the late 60's or 70's. And probably written by the Kennedy wing of the Democrat party. The far left socialist/communist/progressive wing of the Democrats have been building this argument for years. As they have the 'illegal immigrants' bill. I told Marco that he had to be pretending to be this naive; when it came to the Democrats, anything, I repeat anything, that you can get the left to go along with will benefit them more than the Republicans or they will not go bi partisan.

    Honestly, most of them need to be replaced in 2014 and 2016 or the country is gone. If they are not strong enough to insist on taking the time to read a huge bill submitted to them or too lazy to read it, they should be home struggling like the rest of us. Not wearing their $3000 suits, bedding new interns every year and attending dozens of cocktail parties every month. They are out of touch with why they were sent to Washington. DID YOU KNOW THAT THE HIGHWAY BILL WRITTEN IN THE 1950'S WAS ONLY 28 PAGES LONG. AND IF WE TRIED TO GET THE BILL PASSED TODAY IT COULDN'T GET PASSED AND THE INVIRONMENTALISTS WOULD STROKE OUT.

  • Nealstar

    Yeah, “we’re a country of immigrants” and need “comprehensive immigration
    reform”. My great grandparents came from Ukraine and Poland and they immigrated legally, looked for work, learned English, didn’t hyphenateanything and tried to assimilate and become Americans. My grandparents, parentsand I were all born here and unless Brooklyn is nolonger a part of the United States,that makes me a Native American. Statistically, many of those 937 European Jews would have contributed a great deal more to our society than providing cheap manual labor. Sorry, I digressed and went off. I’m a bit sensitive about the whole issue and, as we say in my culture, “Never Again!” That’s our “Molon Labe”.