Immigration Reform - A Solution!
Moving in the Wrong Direction
In the past few years, numerous states have passed their own types of comprehensive immigration reform, citing the fact that the federal government has not been doing its job in regards to immigration. Arizona was the forerunner of these laws, and now eight other states have either passed or are attempting to pass similar laws.
These laws are not good for our country. Most of the laws lead to discrimination of anyone who might "look illegal".
I understand that there is an illegal immigration problem. However, laws that discriminate are not the answer. Amnesty is not the answer either. We need a compromise.
What Do You think of My Solution for Immigration Reform?
A Different Approach
I am not a politician. However, I think I have come up with a pretty decent solution to the immigration problem. It is by no means a perfect solution, I really don't think a perfect solution is possible. However, it is a compromise. People on both sides of the issue will have problems with some portions, and people on both sides of the issue will like some portions.
I think the most practical and reasonable solution is to have a registration program. Yes, registered illegal aliens. These registered aliens would be able to get jobs, and would have to pay taxes just like everyone else. They would also have to pay an additional "illegal" fee with every paycheck. This fee would be minimal, not more than five or ten dollars. After a set number of years (5, perhaps 10) the person would be allowed to apply for citizenship. While they are registered aliens, they would only be eligible for select social services programs (public school, emergency room care, etc). They would not be eligible for food stamps, welfare, social security or unemployment. If they break any law during their "probation" period, they will be deported.
This is a practical solution because it is a good compromise. Deporting every illegal immigrant is just not feasible. But at the other end, granting amnesty is not a good solution either. With my plan, the people who committed a crime do have to pay for what they did, and the government will make millions of dollars in revenue as a result.
Obviously, the second half of the plan involves tougher restrictions for companies that hire unregistered illegal workers, and tighter security at the border. Without these safeguards in place, we would have to face the same problem in a couple of years.
I know the plan isn't perfect, and I haven't thought out all of the details. However, it is more feasible and will generate more revenue than any other plan that the career politicians have been able to come up with.
I know my idea is not perfect. However, I would like to hear alternate solutions. As I mentioned previously, all we hear from the politicians are "my way or the highway" type approaches. We need a compromise. We need a better way. I would love to hear your ideas.