What Back Taxes?

Feb 21, 2013, 09:38 ET from Center for Immigration Studies

Sen. Schumer Ensured Illegals Amnestied in 1986 Would Avoid Paying What They Owed

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As a member of the House of Representatives during the last big amnesty, Charles Schumer worked behind the scenes to ensure that illegal aliens being legalized through the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) would not be penalized for past failure to pay taxes.

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Now a senator, Schumer, along with Marco Rubio and others, is a key figure in the Gang of Eight, a group that put forth an immigration plan pledging that illegal aliens benefiting from a new amnesty would be required to "earn" their amnesty by "settling their debt to society by paying a fine and back taxes." Schumer's past machinations cast doubt on the sincerity of this pledge.

These are the conclusions of a new analysis from the Center for Immigration Studies, authored by former Rep. Virgil Goode. The report includes a copy of Schumer's January 1987 letter urging Treasury Secretary James Baker to exempt illegals applying for amnesty from having to disclose past non-payment of taxes.

The report can be found at: http://cis.org/what-back-taxes

Rep. Goode's report provides a strong basis for skepticism that the tough-sounding requirements spelled out in the Schumer/Rubio amnesty proposal would ever be enforced. Only if enforcement comes before discussion of amnesty is there likely to be any compliance with either immigration laws or tax laws.

The Center for Immigration Studies is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit research organization. Since its founding in 1985, the Center has pursued a single mission – providing immigration policymakers, the academic community, news media, and concerned citizens with reliable information about the social, economic, environmental, security, and fiscal consequences of legal and illegal immigration into the United States.

CONTACT: Marguerite Telford
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SOURCE Center for Immigration Studies