RUSH: Folks, I can't tell you, I don't even want to have to say this. This is painful. Did you hear what Senator Rubio said? We need to bring the illegals here so that they will pay for the border security that we need. I know. I can't tell you, this is painful for me.
I'm paraphrasing because I don't have the exact quote, but the immigrants that we legalize, we have to have 'em because they are going to pay for border security, to pay for the fence. I guess what is meant by that is that we need the new taxpayers. Now immigrants are more fertile. They create more businesses than native born Americans over the last 20 years. They love their families. We don't. He didn't say that, but why point out that they love their families? They're more intact families, younger population. I'm trying not to be reactionary. That's why I'm not saying anything.
RUSH: The Rubio quote: "We need to register them as soon as possible, not just to keep the problem from getting worse, but we’re going to require them to pay a fine, and that’s the money that we are going to use to pay for the border security. If we don’t get that fine money from the people that have violated our immigration laws, then the American taxpayer is going to have to pay for border security."
RUSH: I'll tell you why it pains me, why it is really, really painful, this stuff. Because I really like Senator Rubio. I remember Senator Rubio campaigning against Crist. I know who Rubio is. I wish he would get out of this whole immigration fight and not tarnish himself because there is a lot of potential in Marco Rubio. This immigration thing is gonna taint him. I just hope it doesn't.
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RUSH: Look what happens when you get in bed with these people on the left. I don't want to call it moving over to the dark side, but look what happens when you cross the line and go over there.
RUSH: Immigration story here from Reuters, folks. It has an interesting development in the House that really is news. First off, the headline: "Senate Rejects Republican Effort to Gut Immigration Bill -- A landmark immigration bill survived a major challenge in the Senate on Thursday when its bipartisan 'Gang of Eight' sponsors beat back an amendment that would have delayed a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal residents."
This was the Grassley amendment that was beaten back. The Grassley amendment would have prohibited a first step toward granting of legal status until the Department of Homeland Security has maintained effective control of the US-Mexico border for a period of six months. That was the amendment, which is what we had all been assured had to happen or there wouldn't be any Republican support for the Gang of Eight bill. Then that changed, that we have to do the legalization first and then do the border, for two reasons. We have to do the legalization to get 'em out of the shadows. We have to do the legalization to find out who they are. And then we have to levy fines so that the fine money we collect will pay for the border security.
But this story also has a development in the House that could be big news and disturbing news. The House immigration legislation includes, quote, from the story, "provisions giving state and local police departments powers to apprehend undocumented people." Now, remember what Michele Bachmann said. Michele Bachmann said that the House bill is gonna look really good. It's gonna look like it is really, really good. It's gonna get a lot, lotta support, and it's gonna pass the House, but the stuff in it that everybody likes is gonna be taken out in conference. That's the conspiratorial theory that has evolved about what's gonna happen in the House.
The immigration legislation in the House, again, includes provisions that give state and local police the power to apprehend undocumented people. Now, the Democrats in the House are calling that a step backward that would lead to racial profiling. John Conyers, the senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said, "It's alarming that this bill would turn millions of undocumented immigrants into criminals overnight. It's not only terrible politics but its inhumane policy."
So what we know, which we already did, but what we've had confirmed, therefore, Democrats do not want to ever detain illegal aliens, even after this latest round of amnesty. Now, that ought to open people's eyes. That ought to tell everybody everything they need to know about this whole idea of immigration reform. It really is just a plan to open the borders. The House bill grants amnesty. Well, no. The House bill moves it forward, but the House bill has a provision that local cops and state cops can apprehend undocumented people. And the Democrats say no. Now, it's still going to be illegal to cross the border after amnesty, folks. This is the key.
Even if the Senate bill were to pass and be signed by Obama, crossing the border illegally is still going to be illegal. Amnesty will not mean that anybody in the world is also free to come. Amnesty will, theoretically, only apply to the 11 million or whatever number are here. But anybody after amnesty signed into law who crosses the border illegally is still an illegal immigrant. And the House bill would therefore permit local and state authorities to apprehend those people. Democrats say, nope, no way, Jose, we're not agreeing to that. Meaning, as far as the Democrats are concerned, at no time is anybody to be treated as an illegal, which should tell everybody what the Democrats' real objective here is. And amnesty is just one step of the objective.
The objective is a constant, never-ending, inflow of low-skilled, uneducated people that will make up a permanent Democrat Party underclass. That's when the Democrats shine. That's when the Democrats think they are at their best, when they're speaking up for the downtrodden. When the Democrats are speaking up for the little guy, when the Democrats are speaking up for the poor, when the Democrats are speaking up for the hungry and the thirsty, when the Democrats are defending and speaking up for the people who have not won life's lottery, that's when they think they are their best. That's when they know they get their votes. That's when they know that they win the battle of who happens to have the most compassion, Democrats or Republicans.
The Democrats need poor people. The Democrats need a never ending inflow of poor people. And they need those people to stay poor as long as they can. They need poor people depending on Democrats. They need poor people in the welfare state rolls. They need poor people looking at government as Santa Claus. And just because we grant amnesty does not mean, as far as they're concerned, that that shuts off immigration. No. We're just gonna deal with these 11 million and we're gonna start all over again. We're gonna have millions more in another 20 years, have to do it all over again. That's what their agenda is and this pretty much shines the light on that.
Democrats need poor people so badly they have to import them. The Democrats must keep people in the dark about the source of prosperity. The Democrats must make sure that people do not learn where real prosperity comes from. As far as the Democrats are concerned, you need a never-ending flow of poor people who think that government is the source of prosperity, that government is the source of life. And as people in America grow and perhaps, maybe in time, fall out of that arrangement, the Democrats need replacements. The Democrats need poor people so badly, they have to import them.
The Democrat mission is not to raise people up out of poverty. The Democrat mission is to make sure there is a constant number, growing number of poor people. That's when the Democrats shine, folks, is when they're defending them, when they're speaking up for them, when they're making the case for the poor. That allows them to blame Republicans for practically everything, accuse Republicans of being heartless and cold and cruel and extreme and all the rest. You need victims. Victims of the Republicans, victims of conservatism, ergo you need a never-ending inflow of poor people. And, as an added bonus, the less educated they are, the better.
RUSH: Sandy in Provo, Colorado. Is that right, Provo, Colorado?
CALLER: Yeah, that's good enough.
RUSH: (laughing) Good enough? Okay, glad to have you. Hello.
CALLER: Thank you so much. It's so nice to be able to talk to you. You know, I wanted to refer to what you were talking about, Marco Rubio, explaining that he needs to legalize undocumented workers so that we can get their fines to build a fence. You know, I don't know if everybody knows that the IRS doesn't care if a taxpayer is here legally or not. All they care about is that a person pay their taxes. I think larger employers are required to verify the legal status of their prospective employees by e-file, smaller employers don't. I know someone who is here illegally who became employed that way. Business slowed down and --
RUSH: So your point is they're already paying taxes, there isn't any new revenue to collect from 'em?
CALLER: I'm just wondering -- I wish somebody would mention that people can file their taxes without needing to be here legally, and that's what I wonder. This person I know started his own business, wanted to do things legally because he couldn't find a job, applied for a TIN, which is a taxpayer identification number. He buys liability insurance and workers' comp insurance. He pays his taxes every year. I don't know; so the idea of legalizing people I don't think is really necessary. Making them able to get jobs through e-file might be the first step instead of just blanket legalizing. That's my opinion.
RUSH: If you're working in this country and if you're paid, a business is required, if it's above the table, obviously, required to deduct Social Security, the payroll taxes and so forth.
RUSH: Whether you're a legal citizen or not, if somebody is paying somebody else income, there will be taxes on it.
RUSH: Look, I know. If I had a wish list, if I had the ability to wave a magic wand, I would somehow extricate Senator Rubio from this whole immigration thing. I think that's pretty self-explanatory, folks. It's getting to the point now that you hear Jeb Bush, immigrants create far more -- the illegal immigration crowd, the amnesty crowd, is getting, it seems, as desperate as some of the inanities that we hear or heard from the global warming people. We've only got 10 years or the world is going to be boiling in the sea water, whatever the absurd claims they made to try to scare people into agreeing with their ideas. It got to the point and it is at the point where they're laughingstocks. Algore is a laughingstock to everybody except him and his inner circle.