Time to solve the illegal immigration crises. First and foremost, as almost everyone says, we have to secure our borders. If you don’t have secure borders, you’re not a country! Quite honestly, it shouldn’t be that difficult. The problem is that the government is not making a real effort under Obama and it didn’t make a real effort under Bush or anyone else. Obama and the Democrats see illegals as a source of votes and Republicans see illegals as a source of cheap labor.
Given the technology at our disposal, including drones and other cameras, it should be relatively easy to stop the influx if government wanted to do so. Send 10,000 troops to the border to supplement INS and tell them their first duty is to prevent illegals from crossing the border. You could take the money from the bloated budget of EPA and maybe the money from NASA that is being used for Muslim outreach – as directed by Obama. [A future rant will deal with the bloated incompetence that is the federal, and for that matter, state and local government.]
Once we deal with the border, we need to deal with the 11 to 17 million illegals who are already here. First and foremost, we need to stop the nonsense of Trump and others. There is no way in hell that we are going to round them up and deport them. If that were even possible, the cost would be enormous. I’ve seen estimates of $500 billion or more, and it would lead to a shortage of labor in some sectors.
Since I started this, Dr. Ben Carson has come out with a plan that is somewhat similar to what I’ve envisioned. My bottom line is that anyone who entered the country illegally will not become a citizen, unless they leave the country and get in line to come back in legally. Now like Dr. Carson, I would have a 6 month or maybe one year window in which illegals could come forth and register and if they’ve been in the country for 3 years or more they could get legal status as permanent guest workers, providing they pass a background test, don’t have a criminal record and pay any back taxes they owe.
Like I said above these individuals should never get citizenship. Let Hillary complain all she wants about second class status. That’s the price you pay for entering illegally. You also will not be eligible for welfare, food stamps, Medicaid or Obamacare subsidies. Not happy, leave and get in line. Now they would be eligible for Social Security and Medicare if they pay into those accounts for the requisite periods. Their children who were born here would be citizens and have all the rights associated with that status.
As an aside, I am not a fan of birthright citizenship. I don’t think we should grant citizenship to someone born here to parents who are here illegally, but it appears that question is settled by the 14th Amendment and I don’t see that getting amended. I have seen suggestions that the question is not really settled and has never been directly ruled upon by the Supremes. If that’s the case, then file the lawsuit and let’s get it resolved!
To make sure that guest workers don’t register to vote, we need to have social security numbers for them that start with 000- or 999- or some other starting code that is reserved for non-citizens. Equally important, their driver’s licenses should be designed different from regular licenses so that anyone looking would know they are not citizens. Something like we do here for drivers under the age of 21.
Now let me be clear, the overwhelming majority of the Hispanic immigrants are truly wonderful, hardworking people. Trump is full of it, and if Republicans were smart, they would embrace a plan like I’m suggesting. Hispanics are basically conservative by nature, and if you stop insulting them, they would likely end up in the Republican camp.
One final thought about securing the border, we need to stop our “catch and release” program with respect to individuals who enter the country illegally. We need to put a disincentive to breaking the law. I would give you one free try, but if you get caught a second time you will spend 2 years in prison — men, woman and children! And once you finish your sentence, you get put back wherever you tried to cross. Third time would be 10 years. As long as there is no penalty, there is a real incentive for most of these individuals to break our immigration laws.
I would also stop all federal funding for sanctuary cities. You don’t have the right to ignore the law any more than Kim Davis does in Kentucky.
My next rant will probably be on Ferguson and the misuse of disparate impact analysis.