Democrat Harry Reid Calls Illegals Freeloaders and Scam Artists

What a dramatic shift open border zealot Harry Reid has made in just 13 years. He even called illegal aliens “feeloaders” and “scam artists,” oh my!

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FLASHBACK: Dem Senate Leader Harry Reid: ‘Our Federal Wallet Stretched To Limit By Illegal Aliens Getting Welfare’

‘Even worse, Americans have seen heinous crimes committed by individuals who are here illegally’

August 5, 1993

The Office of Sen. Harry Reid issued the following:

In response to increased terrorism and abuse of social programs by aliens, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) today introduced the first and only comprehensive immigration reform bill in Congress.

Currently, an alien living illegally in the United States often pays no taxes but receives unemployment, welfare, free medical care and other federal benefits. Recent terrorist acts, including the World Trade Center bombing, have underscored the need to keep violent criminals out of the country.

Reid’s bill, the Immigration Stabilization Act of 1993, overhauls the nation’s immigration laws and calls for a massive scale-down of immigrants allowed into the country from approximately 800,000 to 300,000.

The bill also changes asylum laws to prevent phony asylum seekers. Reid said the U.S. open door policy is being abused at the expense of honest, working citizens.

“We are a country founded upon fairness and justice,” Reid said. “An individual in real threat of torture or long-term incarceration because of his or her political beliefs can still seek asylum. But this bill closes the door to those who want to abuse America’s inherent generosity and legal system.”

Reid’s bill also cracks down on illegal immigration. The 1990 census reported 3.3 million illegal aliens in America. Recent estimates indicate about 2.5 million immigrants illegally entered the United States last year.

“Our borders have overflowed with illegal immigrants placing tremendous burdens on our criminal justice system, schools and social programs,” Reid said. “The Immigration and Naturalization Service needs the ability to step up enforcement.

“Our federal wallet is stretched to the limit by illegal aliens getting welfare, food stamps, medical care and other benefits often without paying any taxes.

“Safeguards like welfare and free medical care are in place to boost Americans in need of short-term assistance. These programs were not meant to entice freeloaders and scam artists from around the world. “Even worse, Americans have seen heinous crimes committed by individuals who are here illegally,” Reid said.

Specific provisions of Reid’s Immigration Stabilization Act include the following:

– Reduces annual legal immigration levels from approximately 800,000 admissions per year to about 300,000. Relatives other than spouse or minor children will be admitted only if already on immigration waiting lists and their admission does not raise annual immigration levels above 300,000.

– Reforms asylum rules to prevent aliens from entering the United States illegally under phony “asylum” claims.

– Expands list of felonies considered “aggravated” felonies requiring exclusion and deportation of criminal aliens. Allows courts to order deportation at time of sentencing.

– Increases penalties for failing to depart or re-entering the United States after a final order of deportation order. Increases maximum penalties for visa fraud from five years to 10 years.

– Curtails alien smuggling by authorizing interdiction and repatriation of aliens seeking to enter the United States unlawfully by sea. Increases penalties for alien smuggling.

– Adds “alien smuggling” to the list of crimes subject to sanctions under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. Expands the categories of property that are forfeited when used to facilitate the smuggling or harboring of illegal aliens.

– Clarifies that a person born in the United States to an alien mother who is not a lawful resident is not a U.S. citizen. This will eliminate incentive for pregnant alien women to enter the United States illegally, often at risk to mother and child, for the purpose of acquiring citizenship for the child and accompanying federal financial benefits.

– Mandates that aliens who cannot demonstrably support themselves without public or private assistance are excludable. This will prevent admission of aliens likely to be dependent on public financial support. This requirement extends to the sponsor of any family sponsored immigrant.

– Increases border security and patrol officers to 9,900 full-time positions.

8 Responses to “Democrat Harry Reid Calls Illegals Freeloaders and Scam Artists”

  1. JB Says:

    On the senate floor today (4-5-06) Reid did some serious “moonwalking” and admitted that his wife pussy whipped him into being ashamed of himself for taking a stand in favor of American citizens and his Hispanic buddies, intimidated him into believing he’s been a “bad boy” for doing what is in the best interest of the American people, so now that Mrs. Reid won’t let him into the bedroom, he wants open borders!! What a pussy!

  2. Vincent Narodnik Says:

    JB., Does that mean he recanted, or he is holding the line? Send a link to an article if you know where one is. Cant any of these worms take a stand even for cynical political reasons??? Any fool would see with the national temper at the boiling point the poll numbers so strong in the pro-Am column, that all you have to do is mouth the words and make a few jestures and you will ride the whirlwind into political glory. PeeWee Herman could become president under these conditions if he said the forbidden truth and pretended to mean it. Jeez!

  3. Brad Says:

    I just sent Harry a nice email reminding him of his former position. I would suggest everyone else here do the same.

  4. Sherri Says:

    I suggest to Harry Reid and every other member of Congress that they get it together and worry more about offending the American taxpayers than any illegal immigrant or special interest group. If they like their jobs, they’d better remember who they work for.

  5. Ron Says:

    This story is obviously satrical in nature right. The senate and fox news is reporting that a deal has just been brokered. Illegals get amnesty and Americans get sold down the river, CONGRATUALATIONS Americans citizenship is a commodity and doesn’t mean shit. Traitors pure and simple.

  6. Ron Says:

    saterical, not satrical I know.

  7. Vincent Narodnik Says:

    …citizenship is a commodity…NAIL ON THE HEAD

  8. Jerry Rodrigues Says:


    FINALLY… I can’t believe it. A Democrat FINALLY wising up and saying this MUST BE STOPPED NOW!!!

    Our President also better wise up & so must others who are playing the “Racist Game.”

    We aren’t racists when we say we don’t care where you come from, BUT you MUST COME LEGALLY!!!

    I say, & I have emailed President Bush, whom I twice voted for, that I am COMPLETELY AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION!

    I am also against Anchor Babies being declared American Citizens. Like I told Bush, the parents entered illegally & therefore EVERY ACT, including giving birth in the USA IS ILLEGAL!!!

    Though I feel sorry for the poor people, it is Vicente Fox’s res[ponsibility, NOT OURS!

    Vicente Fox should be publically told ON NATIONAL TV here in the USA that heshould be embarrassed & feel humiliation that he comes BEGGING like a homeless person to America’s door BEGGING for US to do HIS JOB of taking care of his own people who the richer Mexican’s enjoy keeping them down economically so THEY also can get slave labor of their own citizens.

    Hang your head in SHAME Vicente Fox!!!

    Hang your heads in SHAME La RAZA & the other Mexican Socialist/Communists Movements!!!

    WHY isn’t it emphasized that WE PAID MILLIONS of U.S. Dollars for this land they are trying to claim as theirs? They MUST be reminded of the Treaty of Hidalgo AND the Gadsden Purchase where more Millions of U.S. Dollars were paid to Mexico AND which their President/Genera Santa Ana willingly signed!!!

    Jerry Rodrigues

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