Fictional Candidate With Startling Immigration Plan!

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Jeff Thomason - The Fictional Realist Party Candidate For President

Likely you have heard of President Thomas Jefferson the lead intellectual, universal man of his day. You may not have heard of Jeff Thomason lead Realist of the 2016 contest for the presidency, but now you can.

As the chosen candidate of his self-proclaimed Realist Party, Jeff has a startling new plan. It's a startling plan to not only solve the need for a new immigration policy for the USA, but one that will also solve the European Union's dilemma of what to do with all those immigrants who are literally dying to get to the EU and on to Germany and the UK.

First we need a little background for Jeff's plan's realism.

Not so many years ago, but when Jeff was much younger, the world had similar problems of immigrants fleeing danger and persecution. It was the days ironically called "The period of the boat people." At that time the potential immigrants were also at sea in often rickety boats, robbed, raped, and sometimes murdered by ruthless pirates. The "boat people" were taken to camps in Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand. From those camps they were eventually parceled out to the USA, Australia, and other countries that would accept them. In the years that have followed, they were assimilated, worked their ways to citizenship, sent their children to school and on to college, all the while becoming productive citizens of their new nations.

Jeff then looked at today's "boat people" fleeing dangers and persecutions only to be robbed, raped, and sometimes murdered or abandoned at sea by today's pirates and profiteering smugglers. Jeff wondered why a similar world effort could not be made for today's "boat people" and he formed a policy based on what was done before and on today's values.

Jeff also looked at America's 11,000,000 or so illegal immigrants (most recently referred to in a "New York Times Magazine" article as having historic misnomers as "wetbacks," "aliens," "illegals," "illegal aliens," "undocumented workers," "undocumented immigrants," and much worse depending on how other candidates are choosing to label them.)

With all the current turmoil, Jeff decided on his bold plan and political strategy.

Jeff accepts that most immigrants assaulting the shores of Europe, braving the desert heat of America's southwest, and paying to get smuggled in where they are increasingly unwelcome, are the "future citizens" that supporters say are "doing the jobs Americans (and Europeans) don't want to do" are "hardworking undocumenteds just seeking a better life for themselves and their families," with "the potential to become loyal citizens willing to work for their opportunities."

Jeff's plan and platform thus became one of letting Europe's unwelcomed, undocumented immigrants come to the United States, be resettled in a vast, unsettled area of the State of Maine whose rivers, ocean coast, and Canadian border would make control of their movements more easily regulated, and boost the Maine economy by their hard working ethic leading to their inevitable purchases of necessities first and a resurgence in home building.

Under Jeff's plan, America's own "undocumented workers" would be given the choice between becoming documented and joining these modern "boat people" in the Maine resettlement area, or being resettled to their countries of origin. Homeland Security would be charged with documenting and resettling both groups, while Immigration And Naturalization would be charged with naturalizing those who choose to resettle permanently after a year of law abiding residency in the resettlement area.

Legal immigration to the wilderness resettlement area in Maine is also likely to slow the rush of immigrants trying to find safety and urban jobs in western Europe.

Jeff's campaign slogan: "The More, The Merrier!"

[Disclaimer: Any reference to persons living or dead is purely coincidental, and this fictional piece is simply meant to illustrate and heighten the unresolved problems of legally handling the resettlement and documenting of the millions of undocumented, potentially hard working immigrants and future loyal citizens some would assert today's struggling individuals and families represent.]



The time for solving immigrant problems is running out.

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Perspycacious 15 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

We rightfully point to the accomplishments of so many of the earlier wave of "boat people" who fled Vietnam and were so graciously accepted into many American homes and the homes of others around the world.

Equally touching are the stories of other immigrants who found a welcome in the United States of America and through hard work and effort established themselves as valued contributors to American society.

This piece of fiction is intended to shift today's focus from criticism to an actual search for solutions to dealing with today's displaced "boat people" who are fleeing dangers every bit as great as those an earlier generation faced; for time is running out for dealing directly with their tremendous personal challenges.


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Kate Mc Bride 15 months ago from Donegal Ireland

Demas,

We have the same problem here in Europe in the Mediterranean with immigrants fleeing hardship and being badly treated on their journey. An Irish clergyman commented it was like the famine times when the Irish died on their way to America in what were known as "coffin ships". America was good to the Irish then and indeed now. The writing style in this hub flows well- I have shared it on my facebook.

Kate


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MizBejabbers 15 months ago

Here's a solution nobody's thought of. These children of illegal immigrants are getting educated in this country, some are even graduating from college. What if they were sent back to their own countries where they could take control from these uneducated despots who control the countries. It would profit this country to help them take control. They, with their educations, could rebuild their countries' economies and make jobs for their people, and give the so-called "American Dream" to their own people. The world economy is sitting on the brink right now and this would help rebuild it. This would be a win-win situation for them and us, and it could work for Europe, too.


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Perspycacious 15 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Thanks for describing the challenge and your wish for the good outcome. Most of the immigrants we are concerned about at the moment, including any that might be terrorists, are years from sending children to college, even once they are relocated and settled in with jobs.

We have seen students who return to their countries and make a difference.

My church has a Perpetual Education Fund, designed to have a number of missionaries return to their home countries at the end of their time as missionaries with funds to pursue their college educations. This sounds a lot like what you are visualizing. It seems to be working very well along the lines you describe.

Those young adults are not immigrants, but by and large are devoted believers and want the best for their family, their own countries, and a future bright with promise.


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MizBejabbers 15 months ago

It really is food for thought, and my thanks to your church for their monetary plan to help some of these people. I was describing, and probably didn't make myself clear, some young people (college students) I've seen on TV today saying that this country is the only country they've ever known. They are crying about the possibility that their parents might get sent back to Mexico or South America and they would have to make the choice to go with them or stay here. Some actually are American citizens by birth and have no real relationship with their mother country, so the choice to go with their parents or stay would be theirs.

The anti-deportationists are saying that it would be cruel to break up families, and as a result, many illegals are having "anchor babies". This situation is real right now. So I'm just putting forth the possibility that these educated "anchor babies" don't see, or don't want, the opportunity to do something for their own people. Isn't it kind of an attitude that "I've got it made, so I'm not going to worry about anyone else?"


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Perspycacious 15 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

MsB - Born here, grew up here, friends here, educated here: this IS their mother country (though I understand your use of the term.)

Candidate Trump's plan is that the whole family goes back to its country of origin.

In my church's case, the missionaries receiving support for their college educations are already returning to their homes and families abroad. They are at the end of their two years as missionaries here and in other foreign countries.

The current "boat people" are individuals and families. Some are surviving children and infants who have no surviving family member as a result of their hazardous crossings. The "boat people's humanitarian needs are enormous and are already overwhelming the resources of their host countries once they land after their flights from inhuman conditions. They are in danger of going "from the frying pan into the fire."

And, perhaps worst of all, they are becoming unwelcome, even if they survive.


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Perspycacious 15 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Asylum is supposed to be available to refugees. But refugees and migrants are not the same. Countries have no obligation to take in migrants. Those persons can be returned to the countries they came from.


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aviannovice 15 months ago from Stillwater, OK

Everyone deserves a right to a good life. Persecution must remain behind us, and we have GOT to work together in order to have a decent world once again. Kudos to you.


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Perspycacious 15 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

aviannovice - You, along with all truly caring people, know that something realistic has to be done. Taken into consideration must be the fact that there is a difference between asylum seekers and migrants in no danger, but simply seeking improved financial circumstances. Thanks, as always, for your thoughts.

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