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The amnesty industrial complex

A handful of protesters from anti-amnesty groups, including New Yorkers for Immigration Control and Enforcement (NY ICE) and The Tea Party Immigration Coalition, to demonstrate in front of the U.S. Capitol building April 10, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Allison Shelley/Getty Images)

Tim Carney has a thoughtful post up detailing the competing policy concerns he has surrounding immigration reform, including this one: “Big spending on border control technology will probably be corporate welfare: Of course it will, and so it will be wasteful.”

This was true before Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and John Hoeven, R-N.D., proposed their $38 billion “border surge” amendment to the Schumer-Rubio bill, and it is even more true now that it has been added in. No doubt that hundreds of millions of tax payer dollars will be wasted on useless border security that nobody was calling for before these moderate Republicans needed a fig leaf-security excuse to vote for amnesty.

But Carney forgot to mention the other treasure trove of pork in the Schumer-Rubio bill: the hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars slated for amnesty activist groups like La Raza and the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund. Investor Business Daily‘s Stanton Evans reports:

Buried deep within the immigration bill are hidden multimillion-dollar slush funds for left-wing nonprofit groups to provide services to the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants now in the U.S. Once enacted, the slush funds would total almost $300 million over three years and grow over time. … Reviewing the massive legislation, it’s obvious that lawyering would be needed. The 1,100-page proposal is a network of legal requirements and protections, waivers and exceptions, including a new “provisional immigrant” status (the first phase of legalization for illegals), appeals of adverse rulings, stays of deportation, applications for work visas, and countless other such guarantees. … So the bill sets up a fund of $50 million to aid illegals seeking “provisional” status, filing appeals, blocking efforts at deportation, obtaining naturalization, and so on. … One section creates a “New Immigrant Council,” including representatives of nonprofits “with legal and advocacy experience working with immigrant communities,” to “introduce and integrate” new immigrants “into the state.” The bill authorizes an additional $100 million — $20 million a year for five years — to finance these efforts. Thus a second slush fund is created. … A third grant program appears in a later section, funding an outreach “campaign” to inform immigrants and the public about employee “rights, responsibilities and remedies” in the legislation. This recruitment project too would be contracted to nonprofits, at a cost of $120 million — $40 million a year over a three-year span.

Best of all, in ten years when all these Schumer-Rubio slush funds run out, the CBO predicts there will still be another 8.5 million illegal immigrants in the United States who, since we obviously can’t deport them, will also need an amnesty. These slush funds will all be replenished then.

Wash. Rinse. Repeat.