We believe much of the so-called “immigration problem” is a politically loaded debate created by the deliberate use of “hot button” fighting words. Here is our attempt to define terms and suggest policy. Definitions;
- Legal immigrant – a person who was born in another country and is in the U.S. with the permission of and in compliance with all existing immigration and naturalization laws.
- Illegal immigrant (also alien or undocumented person) – a person who was born in another country and is in the U.S. without the permission of and in violation of existing immigration and naturalization laws.
- Immigrant rights – rights under U.S. law possessed by resident illegal immigrants or aliens. (Legal immigrants should have all rights of any other resident, irrespective of place of birth.)
- Non-resident alien – a person who neither resides in the U.S. or is a U.S. citizen.
- Immigrant – includes both 1 and 2 above.
- Seal all of the U.S. borders, whether by a physical fence, a virtual fence by force of arms, as needed, with written (in multiple languages) and audible notices and warnings as well as flashing lights that it is a NO GO ZONE, do not permit the violation of the U.S. borders for policy or political purposes by inaction.
- Permit legal immigration at a rate based on the needs of the U.S. economy and its ability to absorb immigrants – grant preferences only for needed skills or in the national interest – be color, race, ethnicity, nationality and religion blind in the allocation of those “spots”.
- Recognize the logistical impossibility of imposing “1” above retroactively on the resident illegal immigrant population of 10 to 20MM or more. Offer the following plan to the resident illegal immigrant population;
- Within 180 days all illegal immigrants must register and disclose and how long they have been resident and how and where they entered the US, as well as their method of ongoing support for themselves and their dependents.
- Failure to register will result in deportation, without further due process or hearing, of themselves and their dependents, and suffer a lifetime disability to become a legal immigrant. (Rights guaranteed by U.S. laws follow obligations assumed, a felon, though a citizen, may suffer a civil death, an illegal immigrant is entitled to no greater rights by virtue of his illegal activity (residency) than he would be entitled to as a non resident alien.)
- Within 90 days of registration the illegal immigrant must elect; (a) to either voluntarily repatriate themselves and their dependents, and complete repatriation within 90 days thereafter, (in which case they shall be under no future disability to become legal immigrants); or (b) elect to become resident aliens, with a Blue Card, disclose all of their prior earnings while in residence and commit to pay all back taxes, interest and penalties, over a period equal to the lesser of their illegal residency or 10 years, at which time they shall receive a Green Card.
- Failure to elect, repatriate, furnish complete and verifiable income information, or complete the payment plan on schedule, will result in deportation without further due process or hearing of themselves and their dependents, and they will suffer a lifetime disability to become a legal immigrant.
- Employers who are shown to have hired illegal immigrants knowingly (those who have paid less than minimum wage or have not reported wages shall be deemed to have knowledge) shall pay all back taxes, penalties and interest as required under existing law. Those who have paid less than minimum wage shall in addition to all other penalties otherwise imposed for such violation, pay an amount equal to the shortfall to the cognizant taxing authorities for the credit of the illegal immigrant employee’s account.
- Resident illegal immigrant prisoners, criminals (felony), those without either an adequate self-sustaining and verifiable method of support (job) for themselves and their dependents or those on welfare, public assistance, or with medical issues not covered by their insurance or ability to private pay and who do not have a sponsor who undertakes such care responsibility, will be deported without further due process or hearing of themselves and their dependents, and suffer a lifetime disability to become a legal immigrant.
The goal of these policies is to return to a rule of law with respect to immigration and naturalization, while protecting the territorial integrity of the U.S. and at the same time recognize and encourage as desirable, non-discriminatory legal immigration, in such amounts as is beneficial to the U.S. economy, recognizing that strong economic growth is the best way to move our economy forward and that the immigration of skilled, self-supporting and hard-working people is in the national interest, and no more!