Common Sense Immigration Reform

There is no question that America has a range of difficult problems facing her; the economy, unemployment, Social Security, Medicare, and healthcare are pushing our great country to the brink. However, there is an underlying problem which is a contributing factor to all of these problems – illegal immigration.

The U.S. Government estimates that there are between 8 to 12 million illegal immigrants currently residing within our borders but independent studies have shown that number is significantly higher. The Californians for Population Study (CAPS) released a report by four leading immigration experts who believe that there is somewhere between 20 to 38 million illegal aliens in America[i]. Given the federal government’s penchant for under grossly underestimating numbers, there is a significant likelihood that the CAPS figure is closer to being accurate than the government’s estimate.

Regardless of which number is correct illegal immigration is one of the most critical issues facing America today, not, as the Obama administration recently asserted, akin to jaywalking[ii]. In fact, Fox News recently reported that illegal immigration currently costs American taxpayers an astonishing $113 billion per year[iii].

Further exacerbating the problem is that recent Census data shows that white children are now outnumbered by minority children in the United States. This is a decades old trend in which the Census Bureau has predicted that whites will become the new minority by 2042[iv] or sooner.

Latinos are leading this demographic shift. In the states that share a border with Mexico; Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California[v] – Hispanic children already outnumber whites and African Americans. Unbridled illegal immigration is partly to blame for the problem as well as all levels of government (federal, state, and local) affording illegal immigrants the same rights and privileges as American citizens.

So what is America to do to solve this ever-growing problem?

  1. Citizenship status shall be verified for all people in the United States by electronically verifying their Social Security or Green Card numbers when:

  • i.      When filing their annual tax return
  • ii.     Gaining Employment
  • iii.    Changing jobs/employment status
  • iv.    Receiving unemployment benefits
  • v.     Purchasing or renting a domicile
  • vi.    Purchasing an automobile
  • vii.   Obtaining a drivers license
  • viii.  Receiving healthcare treatment

2.     Any person found to be in the United States illegally will be given two options:

  • i.      Deportation to their home country where they will be given the opportunity to apply for legal immigration to the United States unless they are a convicted felon.
  • ii.      Receive a Green Card granting temporary citizenship for a period of two years. As long as that person does not commit a felony, they will be granted citizenship as long as all conditions set forth herein are complied with. Persons choosing this option will forfeit the right to vote in all elections as penalty for entering the United States illegally. Persons choosing option one will have all the rights and privileges of a U.S. citizen as long as all the conditions of citizenship are met.

3. Any person found in the United States illegally who has committed a felony will be immediately deported to their country of origin and will not be allowed to return to the United States under any condition.

4.     English will be declared the official language of the United States. All Federal agencies, state governments, municipalities, schools (to include K-12, all colleges and universities), and business entities will comply with this mandate within two-years of the implementation of this Bill. This includes all documents, websites, and phone systems.

5.     Citizens must prove their proficiency in English before citizenship will be granted.

6.     No person shall be offered employment in these United States without a valid, electronically verified Social Security or Green Card number.

7.     No person shall be able to domicile in the United States without a valid, electronically verified Social Security or Green Card number.

8.     If medical attention is provided to a person found to be in this country illegally they shall be deported to the country of their origin as soon as medically stable.

9.     Should conditions exist that a person cannot be deported to their country of origin, in cases such as: their country of origin no longer exists, may be persecuted for political or religious reasons – a person will automatically be slotted into the two year limited Green Card program mentioned in section two (2) of this document. Felons will be deported regardless of condition.

Like any legislation, this plan will only work if it is enforced at all levels of government.

It is evident that our immigration process needs to be updated and streamlined as does most of America’s federal bureaucracy. Current immigration wait times range from three to nine years[vi] which is patently absurd. Perhaps a point system such as the one employed by New Zealand would be an appropriate model.

The Preamble of the Constitution states that the Federal Government is tasked with providing for the “common defense” of its citizens. In that regard, the Federal Government has woefully failed. Our southern border with Mexico allows for nearly unbridled illegal immigration.

The drug war that is also raging along the Mexican border has become a political disaster for the Obama Administration. There are now portions of the border where the Federal Government has posted signs warning Americans of the danger of crossing these areas[vii] which include portions of our nation’s interstate highway system.

To make matters worse, the State of Arizona has resorted to soliciting donations[viii] so that it can construct a fence along the Arizona, Mexico border. Under no circumstance can the government conclude that its current immigration policy is effective and that a new approach is not only warranted but a necessity.

By implementing the Kinsy, Calvert Bill which would prohibit illegal immigrants from obtaining employment or residence in the United States, we would likely see self deportation akin to what has happened in states like Alabama[ix] where strict immigration enforcement has caused a mass exodus of illegal immigrants. For those that remain, federal authorities will arrange deportation immediately.

Strict penalties must be placed on employers who are caught employing illegal immigrants. Similar penalties must be levied against landlords and banking institutions who issue mortgages to illegal immigrants. Strict enforcement of these two policies along with those spelled out above should prevent illegal immigration and alleviate any need to build cumbersome, costly border fences which will require costly maintenance and upkeep in perpetuity.

 

My thanks to Mel Calvert for reaching out to me with an idea and helping to shape it into reality.

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About Todd

Todd Kinsey is a political consultant and conservative commentator whose articles have appeared in many leading publications, both print and electronic. His work has been cited by prominent media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times, the Washington Post and U.S. Daily Review. You can contact him by email: todd@toddkinsey.com
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