Immigration Reform Meets Obamacare - $5,000 Penalty To Hire Citizens

This is one of those many instances when we realize how dangerous (and stupid) big government really is. If there is one thing we can almost always depend on, it is that any legislation that is passed by Congress and signed into law by the President will have unintended consequences. Many times, legislation is used for purposes for which it was not intended. Immigration reform meeting Obamacare fits that description nicely. It is also a good example of what happens when the people we vote into Congress fail or refuse to do their jobs. Would it be too much to ask them to read the legislation they are voting on?

Senator Ted Cruz has turned many heads since he first walked into the United States Senate. He may not be well liked by many of his colleagues, but he doesn’t seem to care about the “traditions” of the esteemed body to which he was voted. What he does care about is doing the business of the people who elected him to that office. As such, he actually took the time to read the immigration reform bill that passed out of the Senate on Thursday. He voted against it, along with 13 other Republicans. I just wish more of the GOP had the will and fortitude to stand against the rush to pass an immigration reform bill that is rotten to the core.

There are many things included in the immigration reform bill to dislike. At the top of my list is that it grants amnesty to the millions of illegal immigrants living within our borders, with little more than a slap on the wrist. The border provision included in the bill is a joke. I could go on, but many of my concerns deserve their own space, if I can find the time to write them. Let’s look today at how immigration reform, coupled with Obamacare, is very bad medicine for American citizens.

Freedom Outpost – 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.

You may ask, to what am I referring. Is this a late amendment that has been inserted into the immigration reform bill? Actually, it is not. First, here is what Senator Ted Cruz had to say about his amendment to fix this glaring problem in the bill.

Human Events – “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,” Cruz explained from the Senate floor.  ”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 [Registered Provisional Immigrant] status, that penalty will go away. That is utterly and completely indefensible.”

Immigration Reform Meet ObamacareWhen we track down the story, we find it is not something that was inserted into the bill towards the end of the Senate debate. Instead, we find that the problem has been known for several weeks, even months. Investor’s Business Daily first reported on this complication in April. It has been established that more than one Senator involved in crafting the legislation knew about the issue then. That includes Marco Rubio, but he said the legislative process was designed to fix address such issues. That’s what Ted Cruz was trying to do with his amendment, but it failed to gain enough votes to be included in the legislation.

This is what some people like to cal a technical problem. Technically, that’s correct. In reality, it is a loophole that has been created by two intersecting pieces of legislation. One of those bills, Obamacare, was crammed down our throats, never minding our protests. The second, an immigration reform bill that is nothing like what we need to deal with our illegal immigration problem, is out of the Senate and headed to the House of Representatives. At this point, I wouldn’t even wager a guess about how it will fare in that particular body of Congress. What is clear is the absolute and total disaster that is headed our way, should the immigration reform bill be signed into law, as it now stands.

I fall back to what I wrote in the first paragraph. Big government is both dangerous and stupid. Immigration reform is about to meet Obamacare and the law of unintended consequences is about to come down on the heads of the American people with full force. Except, I’m not so sure the consequences are unintended. No matter, the results will be the same and the American taxpayer will bear the brunt of the cost. I am sure this is a far cry from how the Founding Fathers envisioned the future of the country they established. We should all be ashamed for disturbing their rest and making them roll over in their graves. It is a very poor way to run any country, especially America.

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8 comments to Immigration Reform Meets Obamacare – $5,000 Penalty To Hire Citizens

  • I think you hit the nail on the head when you said you’re not sure the consequences are unintended. SOMEONE put that loophole in the bill. And I don’t believe for one second it wasn’t known because they hadn’t read the bill. I think when anyone in Congress says they haven’t read the bill what they’re really saying is – If there’s anything bad in it you can’t hold me responsible because I didn’t know about it. Until the American people decide to actually hold these people responsible and not keep reelecting them, they have absolutely no reason to change what they’re doing.

    • I can’t help but feel they are in the process of sticking it to the American people. Far too often, we see loopholes, contradictions, and complications arise out of the legislation that is passed into law in America. How long do we have to see that before we finally realize much of it is on purpose. I have become extremely jaded with our government and do not trust them to do the right thing.

  • Matthew Mayberry (ME)

    To Senators Susan Collins and Angus King or whoever is interested since GOA mail system was broken I’ll post it here.

    I will also add that 8 million illegals that are slated to get amnesty is completely unacceptable if for no other reason but they each sought to get here by lie,fraud,trickery and practice of deception! No wonder the government,country and world is in the mess that it is when it doesn’t recognize and punish deceivers but you both endorse that kind of behavior! I am not pleased with you. God is not pleased with you!

    If you took the time to consider his word He tells about the Kingdom of Heaven that is taken by violence and the thief because,”they enter through the window and they do NOT use the door.”

    We are also against your sorry excuse for more gun control coupled with more strict back ground checks in light of your oath to uphold and protect the Constitution that includes the Bill of Rights that also includes that fact and phrase from the second amendment, “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED”.now more then ever! ALL Americans will need the firearm and access to then and the ammunition if you continue to vote into this country and legislation more undermining persons and policy!

    You have shown who and what you really are by who and what you really support. If by some inappropriate miracle this disgusting atrocity amnesty bill becomes law and even if it doesn’t,the fact remains that non violent criminals including non violent ex felons and mental labeled people need and should still be able to defend themselves and their families and loved ones with a firearm if they choose to. It would be much better then having them risk suffering the fate,harm and loss from a robber,rapist,violent gang member and liberty hater that YOU would allow free access to in America by granting amnesty to 8 million people who committed a crime!

    For what it’s worth, I have no problem for any Dr. pharmacist or anyone who can dispense and script prescription meds to any person or patient who’s patient can then turn around and use a knife,vehicle or bomb to harm people also perform regular over-site for proper handling and safe discharge of any firearm here in America even at their practice or dispensary safely while under their same care and over-site. Call it,”pay to learn how to live and play safely” or something where the patient pays an additional reasonable fee and is then properly instructed how to handle a gun that might be needed with this war mongering,NSA spying domestically and internationally while they also support deception practicing illegal population who wants American asylum and citizenship whose favor is ONLY in SOME currant and DECAYING leadership. No kingdom or empire will last or stand with voters and supporters for erosion,decay and deception as you both and many other State senators voted for by the inexcusable “yea”. The point here is real care and real education. And where it isn’t on the Dr’s,patients or leaderships side or position then they can also be made to sit in a locked cell where they cannot harm anybody with any of their sorcery,perversions or effects.

    Any one including yourselves who voted “yea” may feel free to step down from your American people representing and Maine State citizen and constituent serving and representing positions in elected government because you have demonstrated and shown you repeatedly fail yourselves and US way too much and far too often!

    Sincerely your rebuker and teacher because too few other are or will
    Matthew Mayberry Maine

  • wyn harter

    The political ‘gang of eight-sters’ did nothing more than fool the voters once more. And, Rubio lost all respect and by showing he has no courage is nothing more than a ‘washington politician’ using every ploy to fool us and to help his ‘gang of eight-sters’….no long a man my family or any of my conservative friends would support….the man caved. Look at those on this committee….why should we expect anymore than pure politics and little or no respect for the opinions of the American voters.

    ‘simply said’
    wyn harter

  • bill gullen

    stuff like this just proves my point that our constitutional republic is so far down the tubes that only direct intervention from the ‘Almighty’ could set things right; and that ain’t likely ’cause He never said ‘earthly’ matters would turn out well. so with apologies to mr. jackson i’ll make my point and invite mr. phipps,in whom i hold great regard, to correct my assessment if need b e.

    mr. cruz made this statement to the media:

    ”This bill says if an employer hires a citizen or a legal immigrant, the IRS can impose a $5,000 penalty on that employer.”

    there is no such language in the 1200 pages of ‘eas13500′.

    what there is in the bill allows previously ‘illegal’ aliens to be lawfully employed. this new status dovetails with a provision in the ‘affordable health care act’ that penalizes employers if they don’t offer an insurance plan that measures up to the ‘new’ govt. guidelines; but if those same employers hire folks ‘on the path’ to citizenship, they would be exempt from the penalty ’cause ‘eas13500′ dis-allows those in the program from receiving h.c. benefits.

    the result is the same but the methodology of mr. cruz belies a disingenuous politic; one too often seen these days. there is enough ‘truth’ in his statement to raise the ire and the dollars and the hopes of his constituents; but the ‘lie’ makes the r’s vulnerable to debate on the floor, evidenced by their loss. this is how the progressives prevail; they ‘allow’ patriots and conservatives appeasement and hope vis~a~vis fiery and compelling republican rhetoric, but in the end it is their agenda that prevails.

    is mr. cruz gaming the system? is mr. Rubio, mr. Christie? did mr. brown? was mr. cruz’ statement to the media untrue? read the bill…b

    • Actually, Mr. Phipps didn’t write this post, I did. While it is true that immigration reform bill may not impose the $5,000 penalty on employers for hiring American citizens through its language, the penalty remains, nevertheless.

      I don’t necessarily agree with Senator Cruz making such a statement, but the results are the same. The penalty remains in effect and the amendment filed by Cruz to correct the loophole was defeated. Again, the results are the same and the American people suffer the consequences.


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