Amnesty Bill Start Up Costs: $6.6 Billion For 2013

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Donna Anderson
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22 May 2013
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National News
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Section 6 of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act [giving amnesty to illegal aliens] provides that $6.6 billion be placed in a separate Treasury account on or before October 1, 2013. The bulk of the money, earmarked for “one-time and start-up costs necessary to implement this Act,” is to be transferred from the general fund, which means it’s coming directly out of taxpayer’s pockets.

The proposed bill provides for the establishment of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Trust Fund. The Trust Fund will hold money transferred from the general fund of the Treasury and proceeds from various application and registration fees collected from immigrants and employers.

More than 75 percent of the U.S. Treasury’s general fund consists of money collected from sales and income taxes, to be used for law enforcement, health and human services, public safety, the administration of justice and general government services – all departments and services that are already severely affected by sequestration.

Nevertheless, the amnesty bill calls for $6.5 billion to be transferred “On the later of the date of the enactment of this Act or October 1, 2013.”

Additionally, another $100 million is to be appropriated at the same time, “to remain available until September 30, 2015, to the Department to pay for one-time and startup costs necessary to implement this Act.”...