Back in 2007 I put together a set of immigration reform suggestions (click here for the the final post that includes links to the other reforms). Please note, that those were very much a first draft and there are several things I would change (especially regarding when “z visas” could be allocated – primarily thanks to Obama’s unconstitutional use of executive action).
I thought it was time again to put up some principles those suggestions were founded on. This is just a very quick set of thoughts. Nothing more.
No omnibus or comprehensive behemoths no one can read nor debate and vet. All bills will be publicly available for review a minimum of one week days prior to a vote. If amended, the same applies prior to the final vote on passage.
The federal government has proven itself entirely untrustworthy of implementing enforcement measures (we’ve been burned on various occasions to include the 1986 amnesty). That adage goes “fool me once…” and we’ve been fooled more than twice. Enough.
E-verify is fully implemented prior to any amnesty being granted. Those here illegally will remain such and likely retain their current jobs as E-verify only applies to new hires. Turning off the job magnet will greatly help the situation. Enforcement also includes heavy fines for businesses who violate E-verify requirements and don’t check their new hires – this should also help reduce human trafficking.
Enforcement targets will be defined and must be met. Thanks to Obama’s stunt, an agreement will be necessary that no executive actions will delay enforcement measures and targets nor can an action begin issuance of amnesty provisions prior to the above being met. Doing so, should automatically trigger funds being removed or not allocated to the amnesty program and the program to immediately cease operations.
Truthfully, the way Obama doesn’t care about constitutional norms, I really don’t think it would be wise to deal with him at all on this – it would be fine to pass the enforcement provisions but wait for the next president to negotiate with on amnesty (Obama has proven himself entirely capricious and totally untrustworthy). He really screwed this whole thing up with his latest unlawful stunt. I hope the next president won’t be so prone to fits of executive fiat when s/he doesn’t get their exact way. At least waiting for the next president would give us time to find proper means for decent background checks and entry verification.
No Taxpayer Burden
Taxpayers will foot no bill whatsoever. The illegal immigrants and/or their employer will pay the full cost of any amnesty program. Amnesty recipients will be permanently disqualified from public benefits (private charities are not barred from providing assistance) excluding emergency, life-saving care and law enforcement assistance. Employers must provide a bond for their amnestied worker and provide health insurance (no corporate welfare subsidies by taxpayers).
Identity Theft disclosure and Restitution
It is no secret that illegal immigrants use stolen social security numbers (often of children) and fraudulent documents (see this week’s report on ABC4: Child identity theft in Utah is growing, but you can protect your children*. They must disclose those used and pay restitution to the victims. Failure to do so, would result in legalized status termination and they are deported.
Proper Background Check
It will probably take a couple of years to find new and effective methods for illegal alien background checks and verify time in country. We want to be able to prevent document fraud related to establishing time in country and identity for background checks (find means to verify with utilities, other record keeping agencies). I prefer no amnesty for those here less than eight years – ie when the last amnesty was attempted. A two year time period for this type of study will also be enough time to get a reasonable president in office who won’t arbitrarily torpedo efforts.
No Citizenship, No Chain Migration
Simple as that. They are entirely ineligible from becoming citizens (even if they marry one) and can not petition for additional family members from entering.
Terminate Birth Citizenship
Include a provision that ends the practice of granting citizenship children born to those illegally within the country.
Fairness to Prospective Legal Immigrants
System revamped to give priority to those who actually respected our laws enough to wait in their home countries. This can be done prior to enforcement measure implementation since it does not pertain to illegal aliens. The system needs to be more efficient.
Consider partnering with temporary labor agencies (private sector) to provided bonded labor for those who need seasonal labor. This also could be done right away as it doesn’t pertain to illegal aliens.
I may add to this post but we’ll see… as I just wanted to keep things based on principles and not get into the weeds on details (I just don’t have the time anymore). For more details, refer to the first link above and associated posts I put up years ago (even those really are just a first stab that need refining).
UPDATE: A succinct read on why amnesties tend to be doomed from in inception: Why Amnesties Fail
*Note: It is highly recommended to protect you child’s credit using the instructions in the article but do note that it will not protect them from employment record corruption, fraudulent tax burdens/earnings, and/or medical identity corruption associated with unauthorized use of their Social Security Number.