Republican Senator Ted Cruz found a loophole in the gang-of-eight amnesty bill that penalizes an employer $5000 for hiring a U.S. citizen or a legal immigrant over an alien with Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI) status.
“This bill [gang-of-eight amnesty bill] creates an enormous incentive to hire those here illegally. At the same time it does it by creating a statutory penalty for hiring United States citizens and for hiring legal immigrants.
This bill says if an employer hires a citizen or a legal immigrant, the IRS can impose a $5,000 penalty on that employer. But if the employer instead hires someone with RPI status, that penalty will go away. That is utterly and completely indefensible.”— U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)
For more on the story, see Ted Cruz Exposes Amnesty Bill: $5000 Penalty For Hiring Citizens Over Legalized Aliens.