Political correctness has dictated that those formerly called “illegal immigrants” should now be called “undocumented workers”. Actually both terms apply and that the choice is made by the immigrants, not by us. An undocumented worker is one who entered the country seeking work and has kept a reasonably clean record. An illegal immigrant is one who is here to commit crime, either alone or as a member of a drug cartel or violent gang. Even those who entered the country legally become illegal when they commit crimes. Undocumented workers can have a work visa and possibly a path to citizenship; illegal immigrants have only a path to the border (see #1 of previous discussion).
First deport the criminals (convictions in US or home nation), including felons, violent misdemeanor offenders, drug dealers, sex offenders, multiple DUI offenders, prostitutes, gang members, and other undesirables. Deport those who have abandoned children in their home country in order to leave. The US has no obligation to harbor criminals and doing so makes the government an accessory to their crimes. Whether or not they’re students is irrelevant, only their criminal record counts. When illegals are released from prison they will be turned over to Immigration for deportation, not released to the streets. The government shall also intensify efforts to rid the country of several large violent illegal immigrant gangs. Incidentally, not all immigrant gangs are cartel related; some were formed by Hondurans who fled violence in their country only to bring it here.
Pass Kate’s Law. She was murdered by an illegal immigrant felon with a stolen gun. The only word the President saw was “gun” and he made it a gun control issue rather than a border control issue. This felon had been deported multiple times. Kate didn’t choose to die. That choice was made by a negligent Federal government and the self-righteous PC residents of San Francisco who put immigrant felons ahead of US citizens. Sanctuary cities should be outlawed as part of “reform”.
Although I said US citizenship can’t be stolen, it is neither practical nor humanitarian to deport millions of people who just want work. Let’s drop the PC term “path to citizenship” and discuss amnesty, which it really is. It must start with a legal working status, with ultimate citizenship depending on integration, self-sufficiency, and a clean record. It must be done so that those who followed the legal path aren’t made to feel like suckers. Proposals so far have included a waiting period, paying a fine and estimated back taxes, and learning English. Let’s add some more specifics.
The requirements listed above will not have loopholes. To do so insults those who followed the law. Someone who has been in the US for 10 years or more and hasn’t learned any English probably isn’t interested in citizenship. How well an immigrant has integrated into this country may affect work visa or citizenship paths. Integration factors would include buying a house, attending college or trade school, or sending children to college.
Amnesty will not be open-ended. Those who have were in the country as of the specified date will have a window in which to apply for legal status. Every effort will be made to get the word out but final responsibility rests with the immigrants to apply within the time limit. Applicants who pass the background check will have legal status immediately. Anyone who fails to apply will face deportation.
The specified date before which undocumented workers must be in the country to qualify for the program should be 5 years before the law takes effect, but not later than December 31, 2011. It was in 2012 that the President effectively opened the borders in violation of the law.
The waiting period for citizenship of 10 years could be shortened for any immigrant who previously served in the US military as long as they were not dishonorably discharged, in which case they would face deportation.
Never again. It’s been said before but this time we mean it. Amnesty will be accompanied by increased border security. It will also include aggressive prosecution of employers who hire anyone not legally authorized to work in the US. If we have to fine a few crooked operators out of business to get the message across, then so be it. They are undermining all the businesses that obey the law.