The very first thing you need to understand is that if you support reducing immigration and stopping illegal immigration you are not in the minority. In fact, according to a 2006 Zogby poll, archived here, you are in the vast majority as noted in the following table.
See the article for the rest of the poll results. The MSM haven’t been telling you this stuff.
While Americans overwhelming believe something should be done about out of control immigration, legal and illegal, the MSM, our President and most elected officials almost all take an opposing view.
In this section I will propose specific solutions for what needs to do to solve the problem. Specific things you can do to facilitate the solution are addressed in the ACTION section.
While there are many ideas and strongly differing views on “what to do,” we must recognize that any program that rewards illegal aliens who have broken the laws of the United States with citizenship is undeserved and unwarranted amnesty, regardless of “what” it is called.
That said, what are we to do with the 12+ million illegal aliens currently in the country? If 12 million is a problem, then 25 million is a much bigger problem. When a toilet backs up and is overflowing, the very first thing you do is to shut off the water and then the mess is cleaned up. This is common sense that most in the Government seem to be missing. Maybe it is because they backed up the toilet?
In any case, illegal immigration must be treated in the same way. This requires two different set of actions: first slowing down and ultimately preventing entry and second making it harder for existing illegal aliens to live and stay in the US while simultaneously “encouraging” many to go home as well as deporting others.
Before that can happen, it first means recognizing that there is a problem. Unfortunately, many people, including those in the MSM, business, and Government, regardless of party affiliation, don’t seem to think there is a problem. As this paper as detailed, there is a dark side of illegal immigration that is inflicting massive human and economic costs on America. If you don’t think the collateral damage being inflicted is worth saving ten cents on a head of lettuce it is now your responsibility to convince others because doing something about it will require significant changes in attitudes amongst the powers that can actually do something about it.
Basically, it comes down to having the will to enforce the law and solving the problem. Political correct measures, such as a “guest worker program,” will not solve the problem nor will they do much to reduce the collateral damage. As Heather MacDonald noted in Illegal Immigration Myths “the threat of enforcement must be credible.”
Former US Congresswoman Barbara Jordan from Texas (1973-1979) and Chair, U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, gave testimony on February 24, 1995, before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims. She stated:
“ To make sense about the national interest in immigration, it is necessary to make distinctions between those who obey the law, and those who violate it. Therefore, we disagree, also, with those who label our efforts to control illegal immigration as somehow inherently anti-immigrant. Unlawful immigration is unacceptable.
We believe that employer sanctions can work, but only with a reliable system for verifying authorization to work. Employers want to obey the law, but they are caught now between a rock and a hard place. The current system is based on documents. An employer must either accept those documents, knowing that they might be forged, and thus live with the vulnerability to employer sanctions for hiring someone presenting false identification.
We on the Commission believe strongly that it is in the national interest for immigrants to become citizens for the right reasons, not the wrong ones. We want immigrants to be motivated to naturalize in order to vote, to be fully participating members of our polity-to become Americans. We don't want to motivate law-abiding aliens to naturalize just so that they can get food stamps, health care, job training, or their homes tested for lead.
…deportation is crucial. Credibility in immigration policy can be summed up in one sentence: those who should get in, get in; those who should be kept out, are kept out; and those who should not be here will be required to leave. The top priorities for detention and removal, of course, are criminal aliens. But for the system to be credible, people actually have to be deported at the end of the process.
…Finally, the Commission recommends better border management. Far more can and should be done to meet the twin goals of border management: deterring illegal crossings while facilitating legal ones. But we have to recognize both goals.” (emphasis added)
How far have we come from that attitude? And would you believe that Congresswoman Jordan was a Democrat? Maybe Congresswoman Jordan, herself an African-American, understood that illegal immigration hurts poor Americans and the Black minority the most.
As noted in a Heritage Foundation report, Alternatives to Amnesty: Proposals for Fair and Effective Immigration Reform:
“Immigration reform should be a matter of national priority. To be successful, reforms must include a comprehensive package of measures to reduce illegal entry into the United States as well as to reduce the current population of unlawfully present persons. The cornerstone of any such initiative must be a fair and practical program for repatriating foreign persons who are illegally present in the United States.”
Interestingly, the US once got very “tough” on illegal immigration.
As noted in Wikipedia, in 1954:
“…the burgeoning numbers of illegal immigrants prompted President Dwight D. Eisenhower to appoint his longtime friend, General Joseph Swing, as INS Commissioner. According to Attorney General Herbert Brownell Jr., Eisenhower had a sense of urgency about illegal immigration immediately when he took office. In a letter to Sen. William Fulbright, Eisenhower quoted a report in The New York Times that said: "The rise in illegal border-crossing by Mexican 'wetbacks' to a current rate of more than 1,000,000 cases a year has been accompanied by a curious relaxation in ethical standards extending all the way from the farmer-exploiters of this contraband labor to the highest levels of the Federal Government."
Thus Operation Wetback began in California and Arizona and coordinated 1,075 Border Patrol agents along with state and local police agencies to mount an aggressive crackdown, going as far as police sweeps of Mexican-American neighborhoods and random stops and ID checks of "Mexican-looking" people. By the end of July, over 50,000 aliens were caught in the two states. 488,000 people fled the country for fear of being apprehended. By September 80,000 had been taken into custody in Texas and, all told, the INS estimated that 500,000 to 700,000 illegal aliens had left Texas voluntarily.
If Ike was concerned then, I wonder what he would think now?
While new millennium sensibilities and enlightenment probably excludes such actions today, preventing entry requires more border security, including a physical barrier to keep out non-citizens who do not respect the rule of law and sovereignty of the United States and who are wantonly ignoring our borders. This is not much different from locking the front door on your house to keep criminals from simply strolling in and helping themselves to whatever they want. However, in this case many of those criminals also want to molest and rape the women and children.
Border security must be the highest priority because if a few million illegal aliens who simply want to work in the USA can gain access then so can many hundreds of thousand illegal alien criminals who want to prey on US citizens, as well as a few hundred thousands of illegal alien sexual predators, and, of course, a few thousand illegal alien terrorists whose motive is to kill as many Americans as they can. As it is now, all three are happening.
Regardless, border security is mandatory to keep the previously deported illegal aliens, often the hard core criminals, drug peddlers, and sexual perverts, from simply returning when they are caught and actually deported. As referenced earlier in this report in the various examples of horrific crime and traffic accidents, a large percentage were caused by an illegal alien who had been previously deported. Routinely the perpetrator had been deported multiple times and often many, many times.
As noted in 2,179 Illegal Immigrants Arrested Half Have Criminal Records; About 800 Have Been Previously Deported the current situation is more like a merry-go-round than any viable national border security. Even illegal aliens who are caught selling false documents and who are deported, turn back up in the same place a few months later.
While border security and enforcement has had some improvement, as noted in Fact Sheet: ICE Accomplishments in Fiscal Year 2006, there is still a long, long way to go.
We need a proper Border Fence. NOW! Without proper border security most of whatever else we do will either be futile or very inefficient, and most likely both.
As noted in a Judicial Watch article, Criminal Illegals Live Freely in U.S. when the Government finally gets around to actually doing something to enforce immigration laws it can be quite successful. The article notes:
“It took six years after the deadliest terrorist attack in U.S. history for the government to finally complete the crucial database that has so far only been used in three states and is vehemently opposed by immigrant rights groups that claim it will lead to racial profiling. But statistics, anecdotes of success and local police tell a much different story.
In only a few months the database has helped capture 130 illegal immigrants in Southern California who would have otherwise been released on bond for their repeat offense as well as 6,700 jail inmates. A recent example is the case of a previously deported Mexican man with a violent record who lived freely in Southern California. He was arrested for trying to rob a car and when his fingerprints were scanned into the federal database, police instantly determined his criminal past, which includes convictions for child molestation and grand theft auto.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff said that without the new federal database, a criminal such as this would have been freed on bail as deputies waited for hours for federal and state officials to do a background check. The same would happen in thousands of other cases, according to an official who said “these people would be undetected and released if we didn’t have this capability.”
As this paper has detailed, when we catch these people and finally get around to deporting them, even after they have been incarcerated for a time, most simply return. We need the fence!
In the meantime, we need to recognize that illegal aliens do not have the rights and privileges of American citizens. With the current exception of illegal aliens’ children born in the United States, they are all lawbreakers and many are taking advantage of services provided to citizens, making them not much different than common thieves. They are owed nothing and should not be treated differently than any other criminal that is taking things that do not belong to them.
The fact that most come to the US illegally for economic reasons does not change the fact that they violated the sovereignty of the United States and jumped ahead of all the millions who are following our immigration laws. Americans play by the rules. Few of us would tolerate a line jumper if we are waiting in a queue to buy concert tickets so why should we allow it for illegal aliens?
In researching and writing this report, I have read or reviewed a few thousand websites, articles, columns, and position papers. About 1,200 are referenced in this report. As one individual, I have put together some thoughts on solving the problem. While only a few are original, as most were taken from or influenced by those sources, they are all part of an integrated, cohesive, realistic and comprehensive offering that addresses all aspects of illegal immigration.
Some, like serious border security will take a bit of money and time to implement. However, even then, the costs are well worth it, given the damage that is being inflicted. It is actually the delay in getting serious and started that is even more costly as every day more Americans are being molested, raped, killed and murdered while tons of drugs keep pouring across the border.
However, some of my proposed solutions are fairly simple and low cost to implement and will have an immediate affect on reducing the massive collateral damage that is only growing larger with each passing day.
In any case, to discourage illegal aliens from being in the United States we must adopt policies and procedures that hinder violation of our borders laws while simultaneously making it more difficult for illegal aliens to stay.
If we limit the job opportunities we dramatically reduce the incentives to violate our sovereignty for all the illegal aliens that are coming to “only doing the work that Americans won’t do.” If many of the existing illegal aliens go home on their own accord we solve the problem of needing to round them up and deport them. As noted earlier, a “get tough” attitude and approach will encourage many of the “non-criminal” illegal aliens to leave of their own accord.
These two axioms will greatly reduce the collateral damage that is being inflicted on American citizens and free up law enforcement resources to track down the illegal alien criminals, gangsters, and perverts who won’t leave without the heavy hand of the law coming down on them, catching and deporting them.
In any case, we must be fed up with the current situation enough to do something about it.
The most common method of identification, the driver’s license, is too unreliable to be used nationally as many states do not require proof of citizenship. To see how secure your state’s license is see Coalition for a Secure Driver’s License. As previously noted in the Traffic Accidents section, illegal aliens flock to states such as North Carolina with minimal documentation requirements to get driver’s licenses. It is also worth noting that most of the 9/11 terrorists had driver’s licenses. In fact, altogether the 19 terrorists of 9/11 were holding 63 state driver's licenses.
As Lars Larson and others have proved, anybody can get a Maticular Consular ID Card.
The US Border Patrol says that the Matricula Consular Card is Worthless as an ID.
The FBI says that the Matricula Consular Card is Worthless as an ID. See the Testimony of Steve McCraw, Assistant Director of The Office of Intelligence, FBI Before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims on Consular ID Cards.
Some states, notably the ones providing “sanctuary,” and the Mexican Government want to make these Matricula Consular cards, which are non-verifiable as to the identity of the individual, legal ID. However, they are so lax that Bin Laden could get one and then use it to get a U.S. drivers license and drive the streets of America casing the next big hit.
To see if your bank accepts this bogus identification, as well as ones that don’t, go to US Banks that accept Illegal Alien IDs and the good/bad banks list. If your financial institution is not on the list ask.
Change your bank if they accept this Mickey Mouse ID.
To correct this problem now, Congress has the power to disallow use of any foreign ID, except a passport, to be used for any interstate activities, including banking. If you don’t think they are controlling banking now, try taking more than $10,000 in cash through customs. In any case, a simple change to interstate baking requirements would do it.
These provisions need to be incorporated into the REAL ID provisions of Public Law P.L. 109-13 which prohibits Federal agencies from accepting State-issued driver's licenses or identification cards unless such documents are determined to meet minimum security requirements. States that reject the REAL ID should lose all Federal Highway funds. If they don’t give a damn who is driving on their roads, let them pay all the costs for building those roads.
Currently our Social Security number is already a de-facto national ID card but the card is too easy to counterfeit and the number is too hard to verify. Thus, we need an easily verifiable, non-counterfeitable SSN card, including picture and biometric data, and legislation that makes it mandatory for doing work and receiving benefits in the USA.
In affect, this is a national ID card but, like it or not, times have changed and 9/11 changed everything. We are no longer insulated by oceans. Having the current and mostly worthless ID cards we use now won’t do you a whole lot of good if you are killed by illegal aliens terrorists when they nuke New York City or Washington DC, or when ten illegal aliens are using your stolen identity and your credit is destroyed.
At this point it is worth noting that the Use of fake documents by illegal workers on the rise so “the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office has started a program to help identify illegal workers. Under the Pilot Employment Verification Program, participating employers put a worker's reported name and Social Security number onto an Internet site to make sure the data matches and the number is legitimate. It's free and voluntary and has been available to employers in all 50 states since December 2004. Still, only 12,000 of the United States' 12 million employers take part, according to industry officials, and the program has its weaknesses.”
If MasterCard can provide immediate and trusted verification, what is the problem?
We also need to immediately shut down the counterfeit document rings in the US such as the one operated by the Castorena-Leija Sanchez Organization which has revenue estimated to be in the $300 million range, annually, which is a LOT of false ID papers.
Not being able to get jobs, drivers’ licenses and bank accounts will cause many illegal aliens to go home.
This means that we need to get really serious about enforcing immigration violations. As reported by Heather MacDonald in The Illegal-Alien Crime Wave:
“Some of the most violent criminals at large today are illegal aliens. Yet in cities where the crime these aliens commit is highest, the police cannot use the most obvious tool to apprehend them: their immigration status. In Los Angeles, for example, dozens of members of a ruthless Salvadoran prison gang have sneaked back into town after having been deported for such crimes as murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and drug trafficking. Police officers know who they are and know that their mere presence in the country is a felony. Yet should a cop arrest an illegal gang-banger for felonious reentry, it is he who will be treated as a criminal, for violating the LAPD’s rule against enforcing immigration law.
The LAPD’s ban on immigration enforcement mirrors bans in immigrant-saturated cities around the country, from New York and Chicago to San Diego, Austin, and Houston. These “sanctuary policies” generally prohibit city employees, including the cops, from reporting immigration violations to federal authorities.
Such laws testify to the sheer political power of immigrant lobbies, a power so irresistible that police officials shrink from even mentioning the illegal-alien crime wave. “We can’t even talk about it,” says a frustrated LAPD captain. “People are afraid of a backlash from Hispanics.” Another LAPD commander in a predominantly Hispanic, gang-infested district sighs: “I would get a firestorm of criticism if I talked about [enforcing the immigration law against illegals].” Neither captain would speak for attribution.
…Meanwhile, millions of illegal aliens work, shop, travel, and commit crimes in plain view, utterly secure in their de facto immunity from the immigration law.”
No more sanctuary will cause many illegal aliens to go home.
While everybody knows that certain industries routinely hire illegal aliens, remarkably few employers are ever prosecuted. As noted by CNN anchor Lou Dobbs, since 2001, out of five and a half million employers in the U.S., only 318 have been fined for hiring illegal aliens. In 2004, only three employers were fined.
While the problem has already been bad over the last decade, and growing worse, the Government has done little about it as noted in the following chart from a Bear Stearns report, The Underground Labor Force is Rising to the Surface:
A simple step in the right direction that could be done NOW is to change the rules at the SSA regarding duplicate SSNs. Right now, incredibly, fifty people could be using the same SSN and hardly anything is done. Much of the ID fraud and illegal employment could be dramatically reduced if Congress required the SSA to immediately notify both employers and individuals when a duplicate SSN is being used.
If American Express can provide immediate and trusted verification, what is the problem?
As noted in Illegal immigrants steal identities to get jobs:
“Of 231 million Wage and Tax Statements (W2s) filed by employers during tax year 2004, 8 million did not match. (This figure is not exclusive to identity fraud. It also includes numbers that did not match for different reasons, such as name changes). Californians owned 29 percent of those mismatches, the greatest number of any state.
"It is identity fraud," said Beth Givens, director of Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a San Diego-based nonprofit organization that helps consumers with privacy rights issues.”
Again, much of the ID fraud and illegal employment could be dramatically reduced if Congress required the IRS to immediately notify both employers and individuals when a duplicate SSN on a W2 is being used.
Right now, today, neither the IRS nor the SSA are very cooperative in preventing the fraud as noted in a April 2006 report, Agencies won't share immigration evidence, where it was noted:.
“Two federal agencies are refusing to turn over a mountain of evidence that investigators could use to indict the nation's burgeoning workforce of illegal immigrants and the firms that employ them.
Last week, immigration cops trumpeted the arrests of nearly 1,200 illegal workers in a massive sting on a single company, but they admit that they relied on old-fashioned confidential informants and an unsolicited tip to get their investigation going.
It didn't have to be that hard.
The IRS and the Social Security Administration routinely collect strong evidence of potential workplace crimes, including names and addresses of millions of people who are using bogus Social Security numbers, their wage records and the identities of the bosses who knowingly hire them.
But they keep those facts secret.
"If the government bothered to look, it could find abundant evidence of illegal aliens gaming our system and the unscrupulous employers who are aiding and abetting them," said Rep. J.D. Hayworth, R-Ariz.”
How prevalent is the false documentation and how easy should it be to catch? See the ICE new release where it was reported:
“ICE agents arrest seven managers of nationwide pallet company and 1,187 of the firm's illegal alien employees in 26 states. Roughly 53 percent of the firm's employees during 2005 had invalid / mismatched Social Security numbers.
… The affidavit further alleges that approximately 53.4 percent of the Social Security numbers contained on the IFCO Systems North America Inc. payroll of roughly 5,800 workers during 2005 were either invalid, did not match the true name registered with the Social Security Administration for that number, or belonged to children or deceased persons. The Social Security Administration sent at least 13 written notifications to IFCO headquarters about such discrepancies on its payroll records in 2004 and 2005, the affidavit alleges.”
But it was too hard for the SSA to pick up the phone and call DHS with “we have identified a problem.”
How much do the two Government agencies know? As reported in The Secret List of ID Theft Victims, in 2002 the SSA knew about 9 million mismatched SSNs. While some are from valid mistakes, name changes, marriages, et cetera the vast majority are as a result of illegal aliens. As an interesting aside, this number would also indicate that the illegal alien population is far higher than most government agencies and immigration friendly sources admit.
As it is now, the IRS comes after YOU for back taxes owed on the seven jobs you were simultaneously working at in different cities and not paying any taxes on because you were also declaring twelve dependents.
Employers also need to be held more accountable for verifying Social Security numbers and immigration status before hiring and be put on notice that hiring illegal aliens is simply not acceptable.
If stiff fines won’t work then some jail time will. We did it with Martha Stewart and Enron executives who violated the law and ripped off shareholders, why not employers who are violating the law, taking advantage of illegal aliens, denying employment at a fair market wage to citizens, and passing the bill for subsidized illegal workers to taxpayers? A rip-off is a rip-off.
Even when one of the largest companies in the United States, Wal-Mart, was found to be knowingly hiring illegal alien cleaning crews, and paying them a lower wage, they did not get fined. If DHS would arrest a few senior Wal-Mart executives rather than some IFCO Systems North America Inc supervisors maybe something would actually get done. Wal-Mart scrapped their “buy America” policy after Sam Walton died to increase their bottom line profits a bit, so maybe some jail time will cause them to scrap their “hire illegal alien workers at an even cheaper rate” policy as well.
Thus employers who are egregiously violating the law need to be vigorously prosecuted and fined to put the “fear of God” into other employers who are violating existing laws. This will also level the playing field for those companies in industries with a high percentage of illegal alien workers who are trying to play by the rules.
Most people who can not speak English and who are applying for a job are most likely illegal aliens. Legal immigrants in the same situation will have proper documentation. There is nothing in the Constitution that defines “not speaking English” as a protected status. This is not rocket science.
No jobs will cause most illegal aliens to go home.
While seemingly harsh, it is also unjust to put the burden on the taxpayers. Let the many illegal immigrant supporters pick up the tab through private and charitable giving until the illegal aliens return home. There is nothing stopping them from sharing their home and dinner table with illegal aliens. The social programs designed to help American citizens are now being abused to provide services to illegal aliens. This is both drawing them here and enabling them to stay here.
No more welfare will cause many illegal aliens to go home.
It is a requirement for citizenship to be able to read, speak and understand English. The only non-English speaking people in the country would be either tourists or legal immigrants. Both of those welcomed groups will have proper documentation and when a legal immigrant doesn’t happen to have their papers they are the only “undocumented immigrants” in the US. Everybody else is a citizen, tourist or an illegal alien.
As noted by a Pro-English article, Since when is speaking English "discrimination?":
“Executive Order 13166 says that any entity which receives federal funds must provide whatever services it offers in any foreign language spoken by anyone likely to receive those services. It says failure to do so is likely to constitute "discrimination on the basis of national origin" as prohibited by Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights law. Signed by President Clinton on August 11, 2000, the order directs all federal agencies to draft plans to "improve access to federally conducted or federally assisted programs for persons who, as a result of national origin, are limited in their English proficiency.
This executive order gives the United States hundreds of all-but-official languages.”
It uses power that was never delegated by Congress and has been repeatedly denied to the Executive Branch by the courts. When Congress wrote the 1964 Civil Rights Law, language was never considered a basis for determining discrimination. It is self-evident that a person's national origin, which cannot be changed, is not the same as the language someone speaks.
President Bush could easily and immediately rescind this outrageous Executive Order.
If he wanted to.
It is especially egregious to be printing voting instructions and ballots in anything but English as only citizens are allowed to vote and reading and understanding English is a requirement for citizenship and thus voting. The 1965 Voting Act should be immediately amended, deleting the foreign language provisions.
Making English the official language is mandatory because illegal alien friendly bureaucrats and activists are now defining requiring the speaking of English as discrimination as noted in City Commision: Geno’s “speak English” sign discriminatory.
When the ACLU complains and files suit, the Justice Dept. should litigate them out of business.
It is far better to set kids back a year than to simply pass them through not being able to properly speak and read English and ultimately end up being many years behind, or dropping out altogether.
In place of the grossly ineffective ESL bureaucracies and special interest groups in the education system, modern language teaching methods such as those offered by the Rosetta Stone should be employed. The Rosetta Stone ESL Education program is remarkably effective, efficient and fast in teaching English to non-English speaking people. It is also very cost effective. Additionally, the Rosetta Stone program provides native English speaking students the opportunity to quickly learn one or more of 28 foreign languages.
Somebody needs the will to stand up to the NEA and tell them to concentrate on Reading, Writing and Arithmetic so Johnny can read and Suzy can add instead of wasting more human and financial resources on their mostly ineffective ESL programs.
On arrest and impounding, the driver’s license and the car’s registration and insurance are to be thoroughly investigated. If the license is counterfeit the driver will be charged with a felony and jailed. If the car’s papers are fraudulent, the car is to be seized. If the car has a free and clear title it is to be sold at auction. If the title is held by a loan company, a fine equivalent to 25% collateral, based on blue book fair market value, is levied, and, when paid, the car is returned to the lien holder. If the fine is not paid the car is sold at auction. Similar penalties could also be implemented for DWIs committed on Federal highways, regardless of citizenship.
When illegal aliens start getting their uninsured and improperly registered cars confiscated, many will go home.
As noted in Identity and Immigration Status of 9/11 Terrorists: “According to the March 28, 2002 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Robert Thibadeau, director of Carnegie Mellon's Internet Security labratory, says that "the 19 terrorists on Sept. 11 were holding 63 state driver's licenses for identification." Go to the February 2007, New American article, Illegal Immigrants in a State of Disarray, by Kurt Williamsen to see how sanctuary policies in working Wisconsin’s Department of Motor Vehicles facilitates this practice.
While the REAL ID provisions of Public Law 109-13 corrects the security disparities in state issued driver’s licenses, it does not address the lack of registration and insurance issue.
Since fraudulent out-of-state documentation is often used, a national database should be established to provide law enforcement with immediate verification of all three. Any driver convicted of driving without insurance will be required to prepay a years worth of insurance and any subsequent cancellation or non-payment of insurance while the car is still owned by the driver or anybody else at the same registering address will result in the car being impounded.
Driving a car on public roads is a privilege that comes with responsibilities and it is grossly unjust to put the burden of irresponsible behavior on the law abiding public.
When illegal aliens start getting their uninsured and improperly registered cars confiscated, many will go home.
While it is highly unlikely the US will actually deport hardly any of the existing 12+ million illegal aliens, making being in the country illegally a felony makes it a whole lot easier to deport certain undesirable illegal aliens as well as newer illegal aliens. It also denies citizenship and all its inherent privileges to lawbreakers who entered the country illegally. The only thing worse than accommodating illegal aliens is allowing illegal aliens to vote which is the main privilege of citizenship.
As it is now, filing a federal tax return is a gateway to abusing the system. See: Top 10 Reasons to File Individual U.S. Tax Returns if you are an Undocumented Immigrant.
In any case, the Federalist Blog notes: Alien Birthright Citizenship: A Fable That Lives Through Ignorance. Also see Our Constitution and Our Borders, by Neal Ross in News With Views for some historical and legal perspectives.
The US Visa Policy should also be changed to prohibit the entry of obviously pregnant women until the nationality birth provisions of the 14th Amendment are clarified and enforced.
When illegal aliens can’t get anchor babies, many will go home.
If Kennedy wants to fraternize with and pander to terrorists let him go to their country.
250,000 a year for ten years is much more realistic than the current 1+ million. To do this, the family-preference provisions of the US visa program must also be immediately amended to delete the chain migration of extended family members. (See H.R. 6283, Nuclear Family Priority Act.) We must also get back to limiting refugees to those in danger of persecution or death for religious or political beliefs. Limiting the number of refugees will also require taking a hard look at Diversity Lottery and the Temporary Protected Status we are giving to various countries. We want immigrants that are a benefit to America, not immigrants that simply meet some politically correct guidelines.
In any case, revolutionary and civil wars are not valid reasons. In 1776 and 1812, when the US population was about 3 million we incurred over 17,000 killed and wounded (plus an unknown number of civilian causalities) securing our freedom. In 1860 when our population was only about 32 million, we had 970,227 killed and wounded Americans in our Civil War. We have also lost another 430,000 Americans, with another 1 million wounded, fighting for freedom for mostly other people’s countries. Freedom is not free.
Immigration is the driving factory behind the explosive growth of the population in the United States. Exactly how many people do we want in the USA at the end of this century: 400 million, 500 million or a BILLION? At the present growth rate, there will be a billion people in the United States within the lifetime of a child born today. Is that what we want? Since the population affects so many aspects of American society from the environment to needing more HOV lanes on the already crowded freeways, we need to have a national consensus on what the population and population growth of the United States should be.
While we are at it, we need to reduce the personal exemptions for children for taxes. The US is now a populated country and heading into some serious overpopulation. If a couple wants to have ten children that is their business but it is unjust for the rest of the taxpayers to be paying for them. Starting now and over the next fifteen years, one child exemption should be removed each year until the maximum number of personal exemptions for children is three. An exception would be made for all adopted children and “Brady Bunch” families would get double the number. The deductions for the first two should also be increased to help ensure a stabile population.
Additionally, who is getting visas must be greatly tightened. As noted by Mark Krikorian, Executive Director, Center for Immigration Studies, in a May 2006 testimony Visa Overstays: Can We Bar The Terrorists Door? before the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations:
“But as important as border security is, it is not sufficient. It has to be supplemented by a tightly run immigration system inside the country, and there are a lot of different aspects to that. But this issue of visa overstays is one of the most important ones.
I don't mean to be pedantic about it, but, strictly speaking, it is not the visa that is being overstayed, because the State Department issues the visas. It is the length of stay that the immigration inspector gives the person that is overstayed.
Estimates are that something like as much as 40 percent—maybe 30 to 40 percent—of the illegal alien population is made up of overstays. So we are talking about maybe 4 million or more people among the illegal aliens are visa overstays. So this really is an extraordinarily large part of the general illegal immigration problem.”
As noted by in How Unskilled Immigrants Hurt Our Economy:
“If America is ever to make immigration work for our economy again, it must reject policies shaped by advocacy groups trying to turn immigration into the next civil rights cause or by a tiny minority of businesses seeking cheap labor subsidized by the taxpayers. Instead, we must look to other developed nations that have focused on luring workers who have skills that are in demand and who have the best chance of assimilating. Australia, for instance, gives preferences to workers grouped into four skilled categories: managers, professionals, associates of professionals, and skilled laborers.
Using a straightforward “points calculator” to determine who gets in, Australia favors immigrants between the ages of 18 and 45 who speak English, have a post–high school degree or training in a trade, and have at least six months’ work experience as everything from laboratory technicians to architects and surveyors to information-technology workers. Such an immigration policy goes far beyond America’s employment-based immigration categories, like the H1-B visas, which account for about 10 percent of our legal immigration and essentially serve the needs of a few Silicon Valley industries.”
At minimum, since it is a Federal mandate, the Federal Government should be responsible for 100% of the mandated costs.
Keep in mind, however, that the Federal Govt. only gets its money from taxing the citizens so unless some dramatic changes to the EMTALA are made, the costs will continue to climb with taxpayers still footing the bill. But, until then, at least your local hospital or emergency room won’t be closing because of uncompensated federal mandates.
When illegal aliens can not get free medical care, many will go home.
This would include people holding dual citizenship as you are either an American or you aren’t. Additionally, the misguided Federal Campaign Finance Law should be immediately amended to dramatically raise the individual contributions, require public notification reporting within 3 business days, and delete or dramatically lower all soft money to PACs that finance all the misleading and obnoxious slime ads otherwise known as “issue advocacy advertisements.” Who is kidding who?
As is, too many are profiteering from their limited “public service” and selling the USA out.
The illegal alien supporters don’t seem to mind that Americans are being molested, raped, killed, and murdered as a result of their actions and that the economic burden and consequences are being passed to the taxpayers, so it is time to hold them accountable for their decisions.
As noted by Neal Ross in a News With Views commentary, Our Constitution and Our Borders:
“James Madison, our 4th President, mindful that there would be those who would tinker with the Constitution admonished these meddlers thusly, "Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government."
The separation of text from historical background is a common occurrence in our nation today. Advocates of one cause or another routinely alter and misrepresent the meaning of various portions of the Constitution to justify divers, and often conflicting, agendas. These campaigns and causes seem to be endless in number. We know that many provisions of the Constitution have been subverted, and we know also that the false extrapolations of the meaning of these provisions, as intended by the authors, has bastardized our government. These crusades for social change seem to be rampant and endless and the peddlers of the same look to the Constitution to justify and stimulate the social changes, which they desire, but which are totally unsupported by the provisions of the Constitution. The changes in Immigration sought by the president and the congress clearly point up this conflict between the intent of the Constitution and the wants of these politicos.”
If Mexico doesn’t want all their residents back we should demand two barrels of oil a week as compensation for the collateral damage and for taking care of them. Even then that would only be about $78 billion a year at $50/barrel. We would, however, hire Mexican illegal aliens to help build the pipeline.
It is worthwhile to note that most legal immigrants have restrictions placed on them so that they are not a burden on society and have responsibilities placed on them before they can become citizens. It is worse than asinine to give amnesty to millions of illegal aliens just because they happen to be here, and then pay them to stay here, when there are millions of potential aspirants to citizenship who are following the law on the waiting list. If we require legal immigrants to jump through all the hoops, should anything less be required of illegal aliens that we “allow” to remain here to “earn” citizenship?
The question Americans need to be asking themselves and our politicians is exactly what kind of immigrants do we want in the United States?
Do we want educated, hard working, law-abiding, aspirants of becoming Americans or uneducated illegal aliens who, for the most part, are a major economic burden on society, with many having strong anti-American attitudes?
Do we want decent people with good values or criminals who are ripping off, molesting, raping, killing, and murdering the citizens of this country?
With all the talk over the lives of American service personnel lost in fighting the war on terror, illegal aliens kill far more Americans every year than the total lost in Iraq and Afghanistan.
And we don’t have any children fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
What to do? When you can answer this question, you will know what to do:
Exactly how many Americans are YOU willing to allow to be ripped off, infected, molested, raped, killed, and murdered to save ten cents on a head of lettuce?
While many anti-illegal alien groups and supporters would like to, we simply can not round up and ship some 12+ million illegal aliens back to their home countries. Even if we could, children of illegal aliens who are born in the United States are, by commonly held interpretation, American citizens. Even if the 14th Amendment was reinterpreted it would not be applied retroactively.
Additionally, it would not be just to punish the children for the sins of the parents so even children who were not born in the United States but have lived in the US most of their lives are, by default, Americans, at least in name. It is uncompassionate to deport otherwise law abiding illegal aliens who have been working in the United States for many years. It is also un-American to break up families that have been living in the USA for years.
Thus whatever we do we should make a compassionate allowance for otherwise law abiding illegal aliens who have lived in the United States for many years and for the parents of children born in the United States. That is the American way.
However, it is also the American way to play by the rules. To become a naturalized citizen of the United States, there are quite a number of requirements that must be met. To see how difficult and stringent the process is refer to A Guide to Naturalization.
Becoming an American citizen is one of the most coveted opportunities available on planet earth. For those who have not done it or are not aware, it is not an easy or timely process. In summary, the main requirements to become a naturalized citizen of the United States are as follows:
One of the requirements to become a naturalized citizen is an Oath of Allegiance to the Constitution and the United States. In that oath, the citizen want-to-be swears:
“That I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; That I will support and defend the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; That I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; That I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law…”
Should anything less be expected of an illegal alien before we even think of granting them citizenship? How is granting de facto citizenship to illegal aliens, especially through a guest worker program with its Mickey Mouse “path to citizenship” being fair to the millions who are waiting in line to become legal immigrants? The price for an illegal alien to receive one of the most coveted rewards on planet earth should not be simply that they picked lettuce for a few years or faithfully flipped burgers, cleaned toilets or dug ditches. There are millions of potential legal immigrants who would gladly do those jobs.
Nor should we allow an illegal alien to simply pay some miserly fine to receive amnesty - becoming an American is not for sale at any price except in death fighting for this country!
Given that there is a legal way to become an American and millions have eschewed that way and are in the United States illegally and it is not plausible to round the law breakers up and send them back, what are we to do?
First and foremost, no purchased amnesty! America is not for sale! Becoming an American is a privilege, not a right of “being here.” Too many Americans have died preserving freedom to allow citizenship akin to paying a ticket for a traffic speeding fine. The violation of our sovereignty and the law breaking must be punished and citizenship must be earned. It is because of the failure of our elected politicians that we have the problem and it is only through the magnanimity and generosity of America that we would even consider granting citizenship to lawbreakers.
So what do we do?
Well, we could simply adopt Mexico’s immigration policies but that would be too cruel and very un-American. While I may agree with former US Congresswoman Barbara Jordan from Texas in “those who should not be here will be required to leave” and may be personally inclined to round up all illegal aliens and their families and return them to their home countries, making them get in line for becoming bona fide guest workers or legal immigrants, I recognize that that is an unworkable and unrealistic solution for a variety of reasons.
The biggest obstacle to such a draconian solution is political, as most of our politicians do not have the fortitude or integrity to enforce the laws of the land. For this reason alone it is unrealistic, unless we vote them all out. But that would take time and in the meantime the tsunami keeps pouring in and the collateral damage keeps mounting.
If you don’t think that aspect is important, go back up to the CRIME and TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS sections and start clicking on the links of Americans who were molested, raped, killed, and murdered by an illegal alien. Especially take note of the crimes that were committed by an illegal alien who was previously deported or one who should have been previously deported.
Every day that nothing is done the damage mounts. We can’t wait to replace the SOBs in Congress who don’t seem to give a damn but hopefully we can force them to uphold the laws of the land under the threat of replacement.
Thus, I have taken a different approach in a comprehensive solution which will solve most of the problems, including getting many illegal aliens out of the country and preventing new ones from entering, which should be the two primary goals in any real immigration reform. Since it does not involve rounding up and deporting 12+ million illegal aliens, it should be able to get enough support from both parties, with enough pressure on individual members.
Remember, the number one goal for most elected politicians is re-election. Pressure from fed-up constituents will cause them to protect their sorry asses from potential replacement as they finally carry out their Constitutional responsibilities and protect the sovereignty of the United States and enforce the laws of the land.
To accomplish the primary goals, which rectifys much of the collateral damage, the following are ten specific suggestions to solve the problem. However, the most important thing is that we as a nation and people must get serious to fix the problem.
That starts with recognizing the problem and understanding the cost-benefit tradeoffs which results in an acceptable level of collateral damage. To do that, you must first ask yourself:
Exactly how many Americans are YOU willing to allow to be ripped off, infected, molested, raped, killed, and murdered in toleration of illegal immigration?
Only when you have an answer to that question can any solution begin.
My ten suggestions are as follows:
1. Build the border fence! All of it. NOW!
Proper border security is absolutely necessary to keep people out who do not belong here. However bad the problem is now, it is only worse with more illegal aliens. As this paper has detailed, we are being overrun by foreign nationals and when we catch and actually deport the really bad ones about 60% of them simply come right back in. Additionally, the fence is mandatory to significantly decrease the amount of drugs that are pouring across the southern border.
2. Implement the REAL ID act now. If anything, the time table needs to be accelerated.
We need to know who is in the country illegally and what their intentions are. As much as I do not like having a national ID card, even a de facto one like a counterfeit proof Social Security Card, we are no longer living in an era where vast oceans protect us from the bad guys that mean to do us harm.
As it is now, States are backing out because of the implementation costs and a September 2006 NewsMax article, Congress Delays Border ID Program, notes:
“A plan to tighten U.S. borders by requiring passports or tamper-resistant identification cards from everyone entering the country by land from Mexico and Canada has been delayed.
House and Senate lawmakers agreed to push back the program by 17 months, saying they want to make sure new ID cards being developed by the Bush administration will better secure borders against terrorists without slowing legitimate travelers from Canada and Mexico. The new ID's will be required for Americans and all others entering the U.S.”
9/11 happened over five years ago. Have we forgotten the horrors of of that day?
The MSM still won’t show the pictures of the Americans jumping to their deaths from those burning buildings. They do not want to “offend” us.
As noted in Identity and Immigration Status of 9/11 Terrorists "the 19 terrorists on Sept. 11 were holding 63 state driver's licenses for identification." See Illegal Immigrants in a State of Disarray on how sanctuary policies in Wisconsin’s Department of Motor Vehicles facilitates this practice.
How many more terrorist will gain access during those 17 months? How many more Americans will be molested, raped, killed, and murdered by illegal aliens? Will anybody be held accountable for those allowing those crimes to happen?
As it is now, when, not if, the next big incident happens, Congress will still be pointing fingers, holding hearings, and asking “How did this happen?’ Of course, it will not be their fault…. it never is.
3. Dramatically increase the fines, penalties, enforcement, and prosecution for hiring illegal aliens.
If there are no jobs available it will seriously reduce the incentive to come here, make staying here less desirable, and provide a strong incentive for many illegal aliens to return to their own country own by their own accord. Having a REAL ID will actually take much of the burden off employers because they will know that they are hiring a legal worker.
If the INS isn’t having to spend so much time having to track down illegal alien criminals that are “only” molesting, raping, killing, and murdering Americans, they will have more resources to go after the “really bad” illegal aliens that would like to nuke a city or two.
4. Dramatically increase the fines and penalties for making and having forged documents. Making, selling, providing, or possession of forged documents is grounds for immediate deportation.
5. Enforce existing law.
In case you don’t know what the laws regarding illegal aliens are, see US Code, TITLE 8 (ALIENS AND NATIONALITY), CHAPTER 12 (IMMIGRATION and NATIONALITY), SUBCHAPTER II (IMMIGRATION), Part VIII (GENERAL PENALTY PROVISIONS) which contains various provisions, including:
§ 1321 Prevention of unauthorized landing of aliens
§ 1322 Bringing in aliens subject to denial of admission on a health-related ground; persons liable; clearance papers; exceptions; “person” defined
§ 1323 Unlawful bringing of aliens into United States
§ 1324 Bringing in and harboring certain aliens
§ 1324a Unlawful employment of aliens
§ 1324b Unfair immigration-related employment practices
§ 1324c Penalties for document fraud
§ 1324d. Civil penalties for failure to depart.
§ 1325 Improper entry by alien
§ 1327 Aiding or assisting certain aliens to enter
§ 1328 Importation of alien for immoral purpose
These would actually be fairly effective if enforced. Note § 1327. Ever see anybody get prosecuted?
6. Make violation of our immigration laws a conditional felony.
If nothing else, this shows we are serious and we are a sovereign nation.
7. Adopt and enforce English only provisions of being part of the United States.
This includes the current naturalization process where there would be no language waivers, regardless of age. If you really wanted to be part of another country, wouldn’t you learn the native language of that country? If you don’t then what business do you have voting?
8. Immediately reduce the number of legal immigrants to 250,000 per year for the next ten years.
If the INS has a whole lot less people to process, maybe they can start finding and deporting the many hundreds of thousand of criminals with existing deportation orders against them.
9. Create a Conditional Citizenship Program (CCP) in the Immigration and Naturalization Service to provide a way for existing and otherwise law abiding, illegal aliens to stay and work in the United States and earn citizenship.
The CCP would be designed to specifically address and solve the problem of existing illegal aliens who have been in the country for five or more years. It is not be a guest worker program. That is a whole separate and independent issue. The CCP would have an electronic registry allowing employers to have immediate verification of the working eligibility of illegal aliens. The CCP would have its own judiciary to swiftly handle any disputes, appeals, and deportations, not the cumbersome and illegal alien friendly bureaucracy of the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR). NOTE: see Deport Aliens for information on the failure of the EOIR to enforce immigration policies
10. Implement the other suggestions in the WHAT TO DO section.
While the ACLU and various other unlimited and illegal immigration individuals and support groups will have a fit and squeal like a stuck pig, the collateral costs are simply too high to allow things to stay the way they are.
The conditions of the Conditional Citizenship Program would be as follows. Violation of any of the conditions means denial of CCP participation and immediate deportation. The CCP is only for illegal aliens that have been residing in the US for five or more years. All other illegal aliens are required to leave.
A. Applicants to become a naturalized citizen must register with the Immigration and Naturalization Service and comply with specific rules and regulations to become a citizen. Nothing less should be expected of illegal aliens.
All eligible illegal aliens and their children must register with the Conditional Citizenship Program (CCP) within 3 months of activation of the CCP. Initial registration will be nothing more than a serialized, simple, post card application. The applicant keeps the other half with the serial number. Failure to register means automatic deportation. At 3 months plus 1 day the program is closed. If an illegal alien misses it, too bad. They can enter the special “illegal alien lottery” or apply to become a naturalized citizen like everybody else who wants to come to the USA .
Similar to and part of the US Immigration Services’ Naturalization Program, complete registration will require a photograph, fingerprints and issuance of a Social Security Number. Any illegal alien that is not registered with the CCP is in the country illegally and is subject to immediate deportation. Registration with CCP binds the registrant to the terms and conditions of the program.
B. To be eligible, the illegal alien must prove five years of residency in the United States as of the date the CCP is activated. Children under 18 on that date are covered by their parent(s). Illegal aliens that are 18 or over on that date must independently prove residency and register with the CCP. The CCP will define what constitutes proof of residency but the burden of proof is on the illegal alien. For illegal aliens who have resided in the country for less than five years, their time in country will count towards more lottery chances and the time required by a legal immigrant applicant.
C. Similar to the requirements of Section 212(a)(1)(A)(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, all illegal aliens and their children must have a health screening as part of the citizenship process.
The alien’s CCP work status is defined as “ineligible” until the health screening is complete. A first time exemption is granted for an employer to hire an alien with an ineligible status as long as the screening is done within 30 days of hire at the employer’s expense. Should the alien not get or fail a screening, the work status remains ineligible and work is not allowed until a successful health screening is completed. Any employer hiring or retaining a CCP registered worker with an ineligible work status will be subject to a fine of $500 per month, prorated, of ineligible employment. Should the alien have a communicable disease that is being treated, the work status is changed to “provisional” until the alien receives a clean bill of health. Some industries, such as food service, are not allowed to hire or have workers with provisional work limitations. All school age children are required to have a successful health screening before being allowed to attend any public school.
D. The illegal alien must meet the “good moral character” requirements for becoming naturalized citizens. See A Guide to Naturalization. Any felony conviction or three or more misdemeanors is grounds for denial.
E. The illegal alien must not be on public welfare when applying with the CCP with the exception of treatments for any contagious disease, child preventative medical treatments, and school feeding programs.
F. The illegal immigrant must not be convicted of driving a car without a license or insurance or have illegally voted anytime after the day the CCP is activated. Violation of these provisions will result in immediate deportation.
G. An illegal alien is only eligible for citizenship after 10 years of law abiding residency in the United States. The five or more years of residency time before registering with the CCP is not counted.
This is twice as long as required for a legal immigrant and the additional 5 years is the penalty for entering the United States illegally. Yes it is a form of amnesty but it is part of a realistic solution and the price is a minimum of 5 years of otherwise law abiding residency.
H. Illegal aliens who take an Oath of Allegiance and honorably serve in the military for two or three years are eligible for citizenship 5 years after joining the service, if they were are honorably discharged. For a 4 year commitment, eligibility is granted on the day of honorable discharge. For a longer commitment, the alien is eligible for citizenship on their 4 year anniversary of joining. If an illegal alien in the service is discharged with less than an honorable discharge, they go back to square one but the time in service counts towards the 10 year residency requirement. Should the illegal alien die while serving in the military of the United States the alien is made a citizen on the day of death. The “law abiding” provision is to be similar to what is currently required for legal immigrants.
As noted in Military Shortcut to U.S. Citizenship: “Mexican-born Gabriela Begaye, 30, who joined the Army at the age of 25 and became a citizen last week in Fort Bliss, Texas, says she feels proud to wear a military uniform. I would die for this country. I would do it," she said.”
This attitude was once expressed by President John F. Kennedy, who said to the nation:
“In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from that fire can truly light the world.
And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.
My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.”
Gabriela Begaye is the kind of person, immigrant and citizen, who makes this country the greatest nation on earth.
I. All illegal alien children under age 12 on the date the CCP is activated must graduate from 12th grade or complete a high school equivalency by age 21 to become a citizen.
Those that otherwise meet all the other conditions but do not comply with the education requirement will be granted permanent visas and green cards but not citizenship. Children of such people can become citizens as noted above but all non-citizens are not allowed to bring in relatives. Go back to the EDUCATION section for “why.”
J. All illegal aliens must complete and pass the INS naturalization citizenship test and take the Oath of Allegiance to become citizens. This includes all children who were not born in the United States.
US citizenship is a prized privilege that must be earned. The test may be taken at any time prior to the residency requirement being fulfilled but must be completed within 1 year of eligibility. There will be no exemptions.
It is worth noting that the test is not actually that difficult. Like many things in modern education, you can’t have anybody flunking so the INS gives out the questions and answer, and has a low passing grade. To see how “hard” it is go to Questions and Answers for New Pilot Naturalization Exam.
When these conditions are met, the illegal alien receives a full pardon from the conditional felony and becomes a naturalized citizen, entitled to all the benefits and privileges of being an American.
The five year cutoff is going to be unlucky on someone who misses it by one day. Unfortunately the other choices are between “deport them all” and an unknown Solomon type solution. However, if the President and Congress had done their jobs over the last 20 years we wouldn’t be in this mess today so “5 years” is a compromise in a no-win situation.
For illegal aliens that miss the five year cutoff, there will be an additional 100,000 “Illegal immigrant lottery slots” set aside for four years. This is over and above the reduction of legal immigrants to the 250,000 per year level. All illegal aliens who were residing in the country for four years may participate in a lottery for those 100,000 slots. In the second year, all illegal aliens who were residing in the country for four and three years may participate in a lottery for those slots. And so on until the fourth year when all illegal aliens who were residing in the USA for less than five years may participate in a lottery for those slots. Thus an illegal alien who was in the country for four years gets four chances. The lottery winner gets to participate in the CCP with the exact same requirements as all other participants.
As it is today, we conduct a diversity immigration lottery for certain countries and the NBA conducts a lottery providing the worst teams the most chances. If it is good enough for a diversity lottery and the NBA it should be good enough for illegal aliens who are not supposed to be here to begin with. If they don’t like it – go home.
The CCP does not provide blanket amnesty for all illegal aliens but while giving some a form of amnesty it requires a much larger percentage to go home or be deported. In the American way, it provides compassion and opportunity for law abiding, illegal aliens, as well as for their children, who have been working in the country to earn citizenship. It punishes lawbreakers, does not move illegal aliens to the front of the line and, most importantly, puts similar requirements on illegal aliens as we have for legal immigrants.
While acknowledging that any program that allows illegal aliens to remain in the US is a form of amnesty, the CCP is a common sense compromise and realistic solution to an existing problem that does not include unwarranted blanket amnesty for all illegal aliens or “buying citizenship.” However, it also includes compassion for otherwise law abiding time spent in the United States and recognizes the commitment of illegal aliens in the armed forces.
The CCP stems the flow of illegal aliens, requires a great many to go home, penalizes illegal immigrants for breaking the law, and denies citizenship to illegal aliens who really do not want to be Americans and play by our rules. In the American way, it provides justice, forgiveness, earned opportunity, rewards, and punishment.
The CCP also spreads out the burden of naturalization of a few million illegal aliens on the INS over a number of years which will mitigate the number of additional INS agents required to process the applicants in the CCP. In fact, coupled with a dramatic reduction of legal immigration, and a five year delay to allow the INS to clear the backlog, it should require no more INS personnel.
Regardless, this is the cost of fixing the “victimless” crime. While unpalatable to some as it does not round up and deport 12+ million illegal aliens, it is a realistic compromise that meets the two primary goals. It is also a whole lot better than allowing the horrendous collateral damage to continue year after year while the problem keeps growing bigger as the number of illegal aliens continues to climb.
The alternative is to allow things to continue the way they currently are.
Exactly how many Americans are YOU willing to allow to be ripped off, infected, molested, raped, killed, and murdered to tolerate illegal immigration?