Our current open border policy and a don’t ask, don’t tell immigration policy undermines the sovereign borders of the United States, the lawful immigration process adhered to by millions of legal immigrants, the national security and civic structure of the United States. The current system is indeed broken and manipulated by profiteers that exploit illegal immigrants with unacceptable working conditions, artificially low wages and non-existent benefits. These companies should be held be to the same expectation of compliance and not receive lighter punishments than those who they exploit. Serious border and immigration reform would reward those hard working immigrants who abide by the law and rather than the current situation which essentially rewards employers who don’t get caught exploiting workers and illegal immigrants that do not pay into the system and either obtain social welfare programs to which their not entitled or commit crimes and add to an overburdened legal system which must be paid for by the taxpayers.
“…But are there no inconveniences to be thrown into the scale against the advantage expected from a multiplication of numbers by the importation of foreigners? It is for the happiness of those united in society to harmonize as much as possible in matters which they must of necessity transact together. Civil government being the sole object of forming societies, its administration must be conducted by common consent. Every species of government has its specific principles. Ours perhaps are more peculiar than those of any other in the universe. It is a composition of the freest principles of the English constitution, with others derived from natural right and natural reason.” Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 8 The number of its inhabitants – Thomas Jefferson (1787)
I. Border Reform
1. Complete a wall for the purpose of controlling the border.
2. Border Patrol would be authorized to use the National Guard as needed.
3. Incursions on to US soil or attacks on the border wall by armed foreign nationals, military and/or paramilitary groups will be deemed to be armed hostility against the sovereignty of the United States.
4. Multinational gangs that operate within the US that either receive or provide assistance to or from foreign nations will be deemed to be armed foreign belligerents and deemed to be conspiring to violate both immigration and national security laws.
5. The US must honor its pledge to the people of Cuba and provide political asylum to those who seek entry into the United States.
6. For the purposes of Cuban refugees, any vessel representing federal, state, or local governments, shall be deemed to be sovereign US soil for the purposes of the dry foot policy.
1. A real time verification system should be established to verify immigration status and it should be outsourced to companies like American Express, Visa, or MasterCard so businesses can immediately identify whether or not someone has forged papers.
2. Illegal aliens remaining in this country undermine respect for the law.
A. Repatriate all illegal immigrants now incarcerated and the immediate deportation of felons who are here illegally. Reentry would not be allowed. Aliens who have been previously deported or convicted of felonies in the US and then deported and our caught a second time will be subject to a mandatory 20 year federal prison sentence. In the event the aliens home country refuses repatriation after the 20 years, the sentence will be extended to life in prison.
B. The Federal government would reimburse states and/or municipalities which adhere to and cooperate with the federal government with enforcement of immigration laws will be reimbursed for the incarceration and prosecution costs associated with illegal immigrants.
C. Illegal aliens are not eligible for public assistance (or educational benefits).
D. Children of illegal aliens are not eligible for birthright citizenship.
E. Require all other illegal aliens to return home.
F. Employers would be subject to fines for hiring illegal aliens. Companies that fail to take adequate steps to verify citizenship will be required to reimburse the federal government for all costs associated with incarceration and deportation proceedings and potential criminal charges for conspiracy to violate immigration laws.
G. The Internal Revenue Service should conduct audits of companies who hire illegal immigrants to determine if those companies have paid the taxes they owe.
3. No company should market services such as credit cards, home loans or bank accounts specifically to people who are in the United States illegally. Companies that fail to take adequate steps to verify citizenship will be subject to heavy fines and potential criminal charges for conspiracy to violate immigration laws.
4. Allowing illegal immigrants to remain in this country undermines respect for the law.
A. States which enact so called safe haven “sanctuary” laws or allow cities or other municipalities that enact “sanctuary” laws which include forbidding state or local law enforcement from cooperating with immigration laws and federal agencies undermines respect for the law.
B. States which enact so called safe haven “sanctuary” laws or allow cities or other municipalities to enact “sanctuary” laws should be prohibited from receiving federal funds of any kind except for emergency disaster relief.
III. Legal Aliens
1. There should be a worker visa program making it easier for people to work legally in the United States.
A. Each worker will go to immigration centers in their home country that will help find them jobs in the United States, so they apply for a visa with a job in hand.
B. When applying for a temporary worker visa each worker must take an oath to obey American law and be deported if they commit a crime while in the United States.
C. In a worker visa program each worker will receive a tamper-proof identification card that will allow the government to track him or her.
D. Increase the number of H1B and H2B visas for highly educated or skilled immigrants.
E. Repatriate those who are not working, after two years.
2. Illegal Immigrants who voluntarily self-repatriate may register with ICE upon exit from the United States and will be given a one-time amnesty and preferential consideration upon visa application receipt from their home country.
IV. American’s including those who have become citizens favor legal immigration, because it respects the process and rewards the accomplishment. The United States should only grant citizenship to those who want to embrace American values and culture.
1. New immigrants and legal aliens should be required to learn English.
A. Government should offer intensive English language and Civics instruction to all who need it, including stipends to help immigrants attend the programs and provide childcare and meals.
B. New immigrants will be required to pass an English and Civics proficiency exam within three years of their citizenship or will be required to payback any stipends received and face possible deportation.