What Back Taxes?
In this Backgrounder and Report, U.S. Representative Virgil Goode notes that Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) was a member of the House when the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) passed.
In this Backgrounder and Report, U.S. Representative Virgil Goode notes that Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) was a member of the House when the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) passed. His role at the time in enabling amnestied illegal aliens to avoid back taxes may shed light on the current Senate Gang of Eight framework for "comprehensive immigration reform", which proposes that illegal immigrants would "earn" their initial amnesty status by "settling their debt to society by paying a fine and back taxes".
Congress has begun hearings on a possible amnesty deal, the centerpiece of which would be legalization of some 11 million illegal aliens residing in the United States in exchange for improvements in border security and employment verification. Skeptics of this tradeoff. In a recent radio interview, it was argued: "This is the same old formula that we've dealt with before, including when it passed in 1986, and that is promises of enforcement and immediate amnesty." What "passed in 1986" was of course IRCA, which legalized nearly three million illegal aliens in exchange for enactment of penalties ("sanctions") against employers that hired undocumented workers.
Virgil Goode represented Virginia’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives 1997-2009. He served in the Virginia State Senate 1973-1996.