Joe Wilson`s Victory on Illegal Immigration


September 15, 2009

Democrats are still not satisfied with my former
colleague Joe Wilson`s apology after he shouted
"You lie!"
when Obama

claimed in his address to Congress that

"There are also
those who claim that our reform efforts would insure
illegal immigrants. This, too, is false. The reforms I`m
proposing would not apply to those who are here
illegally."

If he does not continue to grovel and apologize they
are threatening to discipline him for his violation of
what Nancy Pelosi`s spokesman

calls
the

"House rules of decorum."

Whether or not he breached House decorum, Joe`s actions
were both true and effective. Obama admitted as much by
proposing changes to the bill to limit illegal aliens`
access to Obamacare. Joe`s apology is enough, but
Obama`s concessions are not.

When Obama made his speech, there were a number of
glaring and intentional loopholes to the Democrat`s
pretend ban of illegal aliens in the House healthcare
bill HR 3200.

Virtually every single

means tested government program
requires that
applicants are screened by the
"Systematic Alien
Verification for Entitlements"
[SAVE] program to
ensure that they are not illegal aliens.

But this provision is
not included in HR 3200. This is

not an oversight.
Republicans twice introduced
Amendments to require the SAVE program be implemented,
and it was voted down by the same Democrats who
hypocritically added the clause that ostensibly barred
illegals.

Furthermore, the bill does not say anything about
illegal aliens not being able to participate in the
taxpayer subsidized
"Health
Insurance Exchange"

program. The Congressional Research Service

reported
that it
"does not contain
any restrictions on non-citizens—whether legally or
illegally present, or in the United States temporarily
or permanently—participating in the Exchange"

Conservatives tried to
bring these facts to the forefront of the healthcare
debate, but the media and the Democrats simply ignored
them or repeated their lie that illegal aliens would not
receive government funded healthcare.

But Joe Wilson forced them to face the facts. On
Friday night, Obama announced that he wanted to use the
SAVE program and bar illegals from the Health Insurance
Exchange.

This does not mean Obama was telling the truth when
Joe called him a liar. On the contrary, it is an
admission that before Joe called out Obama illegals were
eligible.

Assuming the
House follows through with Obama`s newly proposed
changes, there are still more loopholes.

As the open
borders lobby never fails to remind us, many illegal
aliens have family members who are here legally. Often,
they are "anchor
babies"
born to illegal aliens on US soil. There is nothing in to keep
them from getting healthcare. The Congressional Research
Service issued a report noting,

"There could be instances where
some family members would meet the definition of an
eligible individual for purposes of the credit, while
other family members would not… H.R. 3200 does not
expressly address how such a situation would be treated.
Therefore, it appears that the Health Choices
Commissioner would be responsible for determining how
the credits would be administered in the case of
mixed-status families."
[Treatment
of Noncitizens in H.R. 3200
, August 25, 2009]

It doesn`t take a clairvoyant to guess where Obama`s
handpicked bureaucrats will come down on this issue.

But even if all the
loopholes are closed, they will be meaningless if
amnesty is given to illegal aliens.
If passed,
Obamacare will not go in effect until 2013. Obama wants
to pass amnesty in the beginning of 2010. He
told
Katie Couric h
e wanted to

"create a situation
where we`re dealing with illegal immigration, so that we
don`t have illegal immigrants. And we`ve got legal
residents or citizens who are eligible for the plan. And
I want a comprehensive immigration plan that creates a
pathway to achieve that."

So if he gets his way,
prohibitions against giving healthcare to illegal aliens
will be meaningless because they won`t be illegal aliens
anymore.

Illegal immigration already costs billions to our
system. The Federation for American Immigration Reform
recently released a report that the cost of reimbursing
hospitals for care of illegal aliens alone costs 10.5
billion dollars a year. Another study by the Center for
Immigration Studies estimated the cost of including
illegals in Obamacare at 30.5 billion dollars.

Turning illegal aliens into legal residents does not
change these costs.

The American people are overwhelmingly on our side.
According to the latest Rammussen Poll, 83% of American
voters believe that applicants for government-subsidized
healthcare should be required to show proof of U.S.
Citizenship.

This is why the open borders
lobby is effective only when they hide their real
agenda. In July, Roll Call interviewed an anonymous
Congressman from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus,


"Asked if [CHC] leaders will
ask Pelosi to specifically spell something out in the
bill to address illegal immigrants, the Member said no.
Rather, the Member said the CHC simply wants to make
sure the bill—as drafted—doesn`t prohibit illegal
immigrants from accessing care."

[CHC
Presses Pelosi to Include Illegal Immigrants in Health
Bill
, By Jennifer Bendery, July 24, 2009]

They do not tell the
American people what they really want because they know
the American people are against them. Like roaches, they
will run for cover if you shine a little light on them.
Joe did exactly that.



Tom Tancredo represented Colorado`s 6th
Congressional District from 1999 until 2009 where he
chaired the 100+ member bipartisan Immigration Reform
Caucus. He currently serves as co-chairman of
Team America
PAC
and president of the

Rocky Mountain Foundation.