My Take on Immigration Reform

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Issue One – Voting Integrity

The first thing that every single country in the world besides the US has done is to vet citizens and then to issue identification, usually referred to as a voting card. In order to vote, you must have a card. The card is stamped when you vote and it’s good for about ten elections before you need to renew the card. Your photo and fingerprints are on the card.
In the past there has been considerable push-back on the concept of a national identity card, but there is no way to discern which people in this country are here legally and are citizens (and can vote) and those who are here legally and can’t vote (permanent resident aliens, felons, etc) and those who are here illegally and can’t vote. Either we accept massive voting fraud which presently exists, or we accept national or state voting cards. 

Felons, who by their actions have been deprived of their right to vote, need to have cards issued that identify them as felons. Therefore they have status in the US, but not the full rights of other citizens, such as the right to bear arms and vote.

Until the issue of citizenship and voting has been resolved, there can be no discussion of immigration reform. 
Issue Two – Secure Borders

US Borders are not secure and ANYONE who wants to cross the border and enter the US without documentation can do so. The Mexican Border is more secure in places than the Canadian Border, but both are essentially wide open. We have fewer Mexicans coming north these days because:
  • The birthrate in Mexico has declined sharply over the past decade and will continue to decline off into the future, tending to match the birthrate of other developed nations.
  • The Mexican economy is growing at about 8%. The US economy is growing at about 1-2%. (You read about the projections, but the actual growth has been very small)
Secure borders means that they’re genuinely secure. No discussion of reform can be considered until an acceptable level of security has been ACHIEVED.
Issue Three – Amnesty
The DREAM Act must be repealed. I have a solution for the DREAM babies. They can serve in the US Military for four years and receive citizenship upon their honorable discharge. Qualified DREAM babies can be granted “legal immigrant status for the purpose of enlistment ONLY”.

In order for a non-citizen to enlist in the military under normal circumstances, he/she must first be a legal immigrant (with a green card), permamently residing in the United States. It’s important to note that the military cannot and will not assist in the immigration process. One must immigrate first, using normal immigration quotas and procedures, and — once they’ve established an address in the United States — they can find a recruiter’s office and apply for enlistment. This is the only accommodation that I feel is reasonable under the circumstances.

Others living in the US need to return to their country of origin without exception.  This solves the issue of illegals receiving welfare or using any benefits within the US. Tack on whatever sanctions you think appropriate. With solid borders, we can send them over the border if they’re caught in the country without permission and that’s that.
Fancy Congressional Tapdancing 
The Congress has a way of passing one law and of having the Executive Branch of government whittle it away until the original intent of the legislation has been eclipsed. (Lifeline – to – ObamaPhone is but one example of this evolution) Given this dismal record of failure (road to hell is paved with good intentions), immigration reform can take the form of quotas based on country and qualifications in much the way that they are now with the exception of any nation or nations which have been judged hostile to the United States. 
  • No nationals of nations hostile to the United States will be granted permanent resident status (Syria, Chechnya, Iran, Syria, etc.) with the exception of those who seek asylum and have been adjudicated under the strictest standards available. This means that human parasites such as Obama’s aunt Zetuni and others of that class will NOT be granted any asylum status. The exception would be where an agency of the US Government (State, CIA, DOJ, DOD, etc.) takes responsibility for them (i.e. defector programs).
  • Students applying for legal status within the US for the purpose of studying will scrutinized by intelligence agencies and law enforcement agencies. Federal money must be paid to the local police department where the student will reside so that the police can watch them. That would indicate that a student would have to escrow funds with the US for their term of study. If they go ‘off the reservation’ or violate any law, the bounty would revert to the police and to the federal government – with a court overseeing the process. No more terrorists masquerading as students.
Too harsh?
I realize that the standard charges of racisim, islamophobia, etc. could be leveled against this plan. It is clearly not aimed at generating more “guest” voters for the Democratic Party.

11 thoughts on “My Take on Immigration Reform

  1. This all sounds reasonable. But would require a grown-up in the White House.

  2. "I'm poor and unemployed, you can't make me get a Voter ID." All that means is that you have more time to stand in line, and thus less excuse for not having a Voter ID.

  3. You know, if you ever tire of writing books and blogs you should run for something political.

    BTW, I tried sending you something interesting about sugars but it bounced back. Send me an email again.

  4. On your first point, there is only voter fraud if you can prove it…and you can only prove it if you investigate it…so there is no voter fraud…

    Why is ink on the thumb a good idea in other countries, but not here? Where is Jimmy Carter when you need him. The one time we need him…

  5. I am not suggesting that everyone be forced to have a "Voting ID Card". I'm simply saying that you would need one to vote.

    However, if the cards existed, they would morph into being a regular ID Card, (the way that they are in most countries) and thus there would need to be a special card for felons and those without the right to vote as well.

  6. Bruce, should work.

    There is an old axiom in China: Better to own a politician than to be one. Besides in this world, I'm not nearly politically correct enough. I quite frankly would refuse to blandly pander to people in order to rise to political office.

    And my new Science Fiction Book, Half Life should be pretty cool.

  7. PLEASE don't simplify point one.

    The issue of "being qualified to vote" is complex, requires PhD's to study the matter in depth and perhaps a commission or two (bi-partisan) to wail over the implications of "what if". And then there is the matter of "race" (small r) where some groupings of Americans tend to vote less often than others. A card is sure to deter them further. We need a coalition of ethnic pastors to wring their hands over that one. Other Americans (allowed into the country other generous immigration policies) can't speak, read or write in the lingua franca of the nation — and may be unable to apply for a card. That would deter them from voting, since friends can currently vote for them under existing law. Maybe CAIR would need to offer some suggestions there. And yes, that's all pure bullshit.

    The voting system has become corrupted (while remaining oh so politically correct) and it needs to be solved before we even discuss immigration reform, because they are linked.

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