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A Solution to the Illegal Immigration Problem

Updated on April 17, 2020
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Jack is a volunteer at the CCNY Archives. Before retiring, he worked at IBM for over 28 years. His articles have over 120,000 views.


I have been studying this problem with illegal immigration at our borders for many decades. I have heard many proposals from both Democratic and Republican administrations over the years and none have gotten far enough along to be made into a bill or a law. I also hear about a comprehensive reform that is under discussion. Again it never see the light of day, only during an election year is it ever mentioned and quickly forgotten.

I decided to try a different approach.

- April 2020


Instead of citing statistics and data, I will just ignore all of them. People in general are not going to evaluate them objectively. Thy will cite sources that they agree with as gospel while opposing sources as biased or suspicious. Therefore, I have decided on a different approach.

My proposal is radical. Before I present it, I want to first layout my objectives. After hearing what my objectives are, perhaps you will be more open to my suggested solution.

Objective One - I want to solve this growing problem. Some may not agree with me that it is even a problem. That is OK. I would still want to make that my first objective.

Objective Two - I want to eliminate the status of an undocumented immigrant. We should have only three classes of people living in our country. A citizen, natural born or naturalized. A permanent resident with green card. Finally, a visitor with a valid visa.

Objective Three - I want to eliminate deportations of illegal immigrants once and for all and only deport people who had committed serious felonies.

Objective Four - I want to stop the illegal entry going forward, if not 100% but at least 95%. Every new immigrant should come here through legal channels. We can make the legal immigration path more easier and streamline and faster so that there would be less likely the incentive to cross our border illegally. The only exception are refugees which will be dealt with differently. This is purely a humanitarian action and should be separated from immigration.

My Radical Plan

The Plan is in Three Stages. It will happen only if each stage is implemented as designed and objective met.

Stage I - We beef up our border security by any means including a fence where it makes sense, or electronic surveillance or drones or technological solutions. It's target is to stop border crossings by 95% of current levels.

Stage II - Once we have verification that Stage I is successful, we will announce an Amnesty program to all existing people here in the US who do not have legal status. This is sweeping and will cover all DACA and every illegal immigrant or undocumented immigrant or people with false documents. Including people with criminal records.

Stage III - Once that happens or at least 95% of those signed up to the amnesty program, the last stage will reform existing immigration laws on the books. We will modify the current system to streamline the process and add resources to this federal agencies to speed up the application process, increase quotas, increased H1B1 Visa and add a seasonal guest worker program for farm workers.


A final warning to those illegals that are here and who refuse to come forward and out of the shadows. If they are caught, they will be automatically deported to their home country.

For the rest who are given amnesty, consider this a blessing and a chance to start over. You will be given legal status. If you work and pay your taxes, you will be qualified for any and all benefits afford to all other people of our country. You will be subject to follow the same laws. The only difference, if you commit a felony crime, if you are found guilty in a court of law, you will be deported. This is the extra incentive to make sure they will obey our laws and follow the path to citizenship.


After three decades, it is clear to me that our current Congress will never address the illegal immigration issue. It is unfair to the citizens of this country and the illegal immigrants that are here, along with their families. My drastic proposal is the last ditch effort that may have a chance.

It is more than generous. It is in-effect a blanket amnesty program that is even better than what President Reagan offered a generation ago. I welcome comments and critique. What else can we do?

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Jack Lee


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      13 months ago

      Hi Jack,

      Welcome to the democrat party. I agree with T that amnesty is not the answer. First should be to get our border's secured; second, they come out from the shadows and register as an alien worker, pay taxes and are registered in their community; third, once the people seeking to immigrate here legally are finalized, then the illegals can begin the process of entry at the end of that line through naturalization. If they don't do it, they get deported. Finally, I opposed Reagan's amnesty plan and we see now how it failed as well. A country without borders cannot stand.

      BTW, you writing has improved and is visible here. Thanks.

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      13 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Cleo, thanks for reading my article. I know what you are referring to. During the Bush Admin. he proposed a comprehensive immigration reform bill that includes a registration effort to get the illegals to come out of the shadows....It was rejected by all sides and never went any where. It was not as sweeping as my idea.

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      Cleo Addams 

      13 months ago from USA

      Interesting article. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

      Just thought about this, but...didn't George W. Bush offer the "come forward option" also when he was president? It wasn't amnesty, but was a "come forward and get a work visa, pay back taxes, and you won't be deported" kind of thing? (Not sure what the official name of the program was...if it even had a name.)

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      13 months ago from Yorktown NY

      I like that idea. It would be like the Peace Corp in the 1960s under Kennedy, except this time it would be to help our own country.

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      The Logician 

      13 months ago from now on

      Btw, what do you think about having the high school graduates serve as border patrol agents. Might go a long way to avoiding another millennial generation living at home into their 30’s don’t you think? They can team the teenagers up with experienced border patrol agents as they learn the ropes. I think it would do nothing but strengthen future generations and instill a love for America tht few of today’s teens understand.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      The Logician 

      13 months ago from now on

      Jack, nice try, really, but amnesty?

      That can not be on the table, the country needs to take a hard line or this problem will never go away. How do I know? Because nearly 40 years after the last amnesty it’s a bigger problem than ever. History doesn’t always repeat itself but sometimes it rhymes.

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      13 months ago from Yorktown NY

      T, I welcome other solutions but there are none to be found. My proposal is not meant to be fair but to be an olive branch. By opening the path to legalization in a sweeping way, I am trading that with a commitment to stop future inflow. That is why I proposed it in 3 stages. If stage 1 cannot be met, the other 2 will not either, then we are back to square one.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      The Logician 

      13 months ago from now on

      What is unfair in your proposal is to grant amnesty.

      That is unfair to all who have come in legally and all who have legally applied but are still waiting. If you are to grant amnesty to illegals you have to grant citizenship to everybody already in the legal immigration pipeline and somehow remunerate all the legal immigrants for what they had to go through so there is equality under the law.

      Once you have given amnesty you have fueled the hopes of future illegals to keep coming. They will know the only thing we can do when the illegals flood our system is to grant amnesty and so there will be no deterrent to more trying. Eventually the problem will be even worse as hoards if illegals become citizens and then work here from inside the US to help bring relatives and other illegals into the country by hook of crook.

      No the best solution is absolutely to secure the borders by all means including requiring all high school graduates (or of the age 17) to serve 18 months as border patrol agents. This would train them by serving their country to be patriots, to understand how illegal immigration ruins a country and give them a respect for our laws and teach them responsibility. Then stop all programs that benefit illegals which are what draw them here while providing free transportation back to their countries of origin if they surrender themselves to immigration.

      The only way to stop illegal immigration is to eliminate the draw and they will self deport. It will take time but they’ll leave the way they came with a little help.


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