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Senate Immigration Bill Violates Constitution; Blue-Slip Would Kill It

Buried deep in congressional legislative fine print is a clause which, pursuant to the Constitution, Article 1, Section 7, states that only the House of Representatives can increase taxes. The Constitution’s exact language: “All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives.”
The controversial Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, S. 744, ignores that provision. Section 2102 of S. 744 requires the payment from illegal immigrants of various taxes and forgives the payment of other taxes as a condition of receiving amnesty and federally funded benefits. The Constitution prohibits the Senate from approving bills ...

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