Phoenix, AZ -- Speaker Boehner and new immigration policy wonk aide via Becky Tallent appear to be introducing an immigration reform idea that essentially taxes immigrants without representation. Essentially taxation without representation undoes what the Boston Tea Party revolution stood for. 342 chests of tea were dumped because colonists viewed the Tea Act of 1773 as Britains taxation tyranny. We have a new form of tyranny under Speaker Boehner's rule that requires immigrants to continue to pay billions of dollars into the federal and state tax coffers every year without having representation.
According to the Tax Lawyer, a paper published by Section of Taxation, American bar Association with the assistance of Georgetown University Law Center:
"...each year undocumented immigrants add billions of dollars in sales, excise, property, income, and payroll taxes—including Social Security, Medicare, and unemployment taxes—to federal, state, and local coffers. Hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants file annual federal and state income tax returns..."
According to the Gallup, "Forty-two percent of Americans, on average, identified as political independents in 2013, the highest Gallup has measured since it began conducting interviews by telephone 25 years ago. Meanwhile, Republican identification fell to 25%, the lowest over that time span. At 31%, Democratic identification is unchanged from the last four years but down from 36% in 2008."
According to the Independent Voter Network (IVN):
"The current Congress has an average 9.2 percent approval rating and 84.2 percent disapproval rating. ... These numbers point to a grave problem: the House of Representatives is utterly unrepresentative."
As Independent voters' numbers rise, the GOP is hurt the most and many former Republican voters have already dumped the tea to leave the GOP.
Somos Independents -- a group led by women and Mexican American / Latina(o) independent registered voters refuse to support taxation without representation ideas mentioned in Speaker Boehner's immigration proposal. Our group does not consist of naive politically undereducated undocumented DREAM Act students who have been used and splintered by the GOP. We know there are some undocumented DREAM Act student immigrants who are willing to take less not knowing the political consequences because the likes of Speaker Boehner are taking advantage of their desperate situations. We know taxation without representation chips away at our very ideals that made this Nation great sparking the American Revolution.
As informed and educated voters, SOMOS INDEPENDENTS will repudiate taxation without representation ideas and it begins with dumping the tea within the GOP. Independent voters are the new American revolutionists, and tyranny is tyranny. We cannot repeat the British taxation tyranny ideals we see the GOP attempting to propose in handling the undocumented immigrants. In fact, Social security and government benefits given to the aging population are exhausting our federal tax revenues, and in order to take care of our elderly, we must create new tax payers with new immigrants instead of increasing tax burdens on existing Americans.
Essentially independent voters become independent voters in light of partisanship in Washington D.C. We are dissatisfied with the Tea within the GOP obstructing day-to-day government operations with shut downs affecting millions of middle-class Americans. Women, independent and Latino voters are hawkish with continued Republican tax issues and IRS hypocrisy. Several moderate Republicans have already dumped the tea and left the Republican party and we predict more will leave the GOP in light of their restrictionism, obstructionism and bigotry.
The Democratic-controlled Senate bill considered immigrants as tax paying human beings when they passed their immigration reform plan over 7 months ago in June 2013 [though it takes immigrants a lengthy 13 -16 years to get there]. On the other hand, the GOP won't even give immigrants representation, and in fact, Speaker Boehner's proposal (seen below) appears to criminalize all immigrants before they are allowed to be adjusted.
Speaker Boehner's proposal will not give an incentive to undocumented immigrants to come out of the shadows of our society thereby chipping away at our National Security, therefore, we prefer Senator John McCain's proposal over Speaker Boehner's proposal.
Somos Independents is a national group of key swing independent registered Independent voters led by Mexican-American women voters who support bipartisanship in our government that will help solve tough issues. We know the immigration issue is a federal matter and we rely on our Congress to fix the broken immigration system soon with legal immigration reform. We are organizing the growing independent registered voter group by getting out the vote with millenium voters, and we realize college-aged students prefer registering themselves as independents rather than choosing a major political party. We believe in putting people before Party politics. Co-founders include a former Republican and a former Democratic voter.
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