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The Gang of Eight’s immigration proposal “does not solve the problem of mass illegal immigration, but instead extends the problem,” says Pete Spiliakos in today’s column .
The Gang of Eight bill would create  a laboring class—some tied to particular jobs—that would be ineligible for U.S. citizenship . And from the CBO’s estimate and from experience, we know what will happen when Congress passes an amnesty without serious border and internal enforcement—we will get yet another wave of illegal immigrants who will lack the protections of labor law. So by both omission (lack of enforcement) and commission (the guest worker program), the Gang of Eight bill would ensure that the U.S. had a substantial permanent underclass that lacked the rights of the majority and was blocked from full membership in the American polity.

Read the full column here .

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