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Could the Next Shutdown and Debt Ceiling Crisis be Over Immigration ? By Roger Algase

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Heritage Action, financed by the billionaire Koch brothers and a list of secret donors, has made clear that it regards making heath insurance available to 30 million people, many of them minorities, who could not otherwise afford it, is only one of the twin evils which it claims are threatening to bring down the US economy. The other is granting legal status to 11 million brown immigrants.

An October 17 article by Heritage's Communications Deputy, Katherine Rosario, confirms immigration law professor Geoffrey Hoffman's argument, described in my October 22 post, that opposition to the ACA and CIR are, in effect, the two prongs of a Tea Party attack against minorities.

The article is called From Obamacare to Amnesty, Obama's Goals Threaten US Economy. The link is:

heritageaction.com/2013/10/from-obamacare-to-amnesty-obamas-goals-threaten-us-economy

The article, published the day after temporary postponement of the shutdown/debt ceiling crisis which Heritage was the driving force in bringing about in the first place, begins with a masterpiece of spin:

"Congress just completed the first phase of a difficult but crucial battle against Obamacare."

Indeed.

Rosario continues:

"The struggle is yet unfinished, but conservatives will continue to fight against Obamacare because it will harm America as long as it remains law. Obamacare is a fiscal nightmare for our country, which is already saddled with $17 trillion of debt."

However, from Heritage's viewpoint, the ACA is not the only danger to America's economy. Rosario continues:

"But leftist policy ideas that threaten the economy do not stop there. The next big battle will be to prevent amnesty, the vehicle for which may be the Senate Gang of Eight's bill." (Emphasis added.)

She contends further:

"Under the Affordable Care Act, entitlement spending will increase massively...And if the nearly 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States are granted amnesty, they will become eligible for entitlements as well. This cost will be a massive burden to the US economy and American taxpayers."
(Emphasis added.)

Many will find it a little curious, to say the least, that Heritage expressed so much concern about the US economy just one day after suffering a devastating setback in its battle to destroy that same US economy by partially shutting down the government and refusing to raise the debt ceiling, but that does not seem to be a problem for Ms. Rosario.

She continues by citing a "rigorous analysis" by the Heritage Foundation claiming that "amnesty" will cost at least "several trillions."

Wait a minute. Didn't we hear something like this earlier this year, when Heritage made the same argument, based on the flawed assumption that legalized immigrants would make no contribution to the economy at all, but would only take from it? And wasn't that study thoroughly discredited when one of its co-authors turned to have written a Harvard Ph.D thesis suggesting that Latinos were genetically inferior to whites?

But trivial concerns like this are not stopping Heritage Action or the Tea Party in their battle to vilify immigrants and other minorities, and make them the scapegoats for the economic damage which Heritage and the Tea Party themselves are inflicting on America in their zeal both to protect the profits of the big health insurance companies and assorted right wing billionaires, and to stir up white supremacist racism in support of their objectives.

Heritage is issuing a clear warning that it is not giving up in its fight to wreck America's economy, if not its entire system of democratic government, in order to impose its core objectives of defunding the ACA and blocking CIR. There has already been a shutdown and near default because of ACA. It is not inconceivable that the next government shutdown/debt ceiling crisis could be over immigration reform, if legalization for 11 million people were ever actually to pass both Houses of Congress and be signed into law, or be put into effect unilaterally through executive action.

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Updated 10-25-2013 at 06:19 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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