The main issue with immigration is that there are a large number of people here that came here illegally and it is not practical for us to remove all of them from the country. We have to deal with the people already here but we must first deal with new people that are still coming. If we provide some type of amnesty to those here illegally, it will just cause more people to come here illegally and wait for the next amnesty.
So the first thing we must do is reform the immigration process and secure our borders. It is also equally impractical for us to completely secure our borders with the flood of immigrants that come accross. The only real solution is to provide an easier way for people to become American citizens. We are a land of immigrants and if we are already having a flood of illegal immigrants that we can’t stop, the best thing to do would be to make them legal and set them up for success in this country. No American should have a problem with people coming here that are going to pay their taxes, obey the law, and be positive contributors to society.
The people that are currently here will need to go through a process that will be the same for new people that come here. We will need to make sure they have the skills to come here and offer them a probationary period of living here before they are allowed to become citizens. In that time, if they commit any crimes, they will be imprisoned and removed. This may involve housing these people in a camp and teaching them the skills they need to survive in this country and become successful, including teaching them english and other things relevant to survive.
I think most politicians get stuck on talking points without having any real desire to solve the immigration problem.
People who are already here illegally will need to disclose this information and if they have used other people’s identities or had to lie to keep their status a secret, they will need to reveal this information. They will need to pledge that they will not continue to break the law and they will not be deported for the time it takes for their application, no more than 90 days. Some people may not want to become citizens so they might need to be given a temporary residence.
There are two main issues that both currently have impractical solutions:
1. People are already here illegally. We can’t deport everyone. So either we let them stay here illegally or give them some type of legal status. Of course this is rewarding people who broke the law, so we will have to apply this legal status to anyone who wants to come here, not just the ones already here.
2. People still come here illegally. We can’t prevent more people from coming. The borders are too vast and our visa system is too lax. We simply have to make it easier to come here legally then illegally and we will be able to concentrate our resources on true criminals along the border.
Give no preference to those already here. Given everyone the same opportunity to come here.
Of course this may resolve the issue with people coming here from Mexico but won’t resolve the issue with people from other countries including China who want to come here and pay to be smuggled here. We could not allow people from outside this hemisphere to come in this same program.
This entire program may cause a large flood of immigrants to the US and that may cause a lot of problems for people. We would need to place these people into different cities so they aren’t concentrated on the border and border states. They would need to have a place to go and people to stay with so they won’t just be living on the street, that wouldn’t do anyone any good.
We might have to charge these people a higher tax rate or a fee to repay for the services that we render to teach them everything they need to know and getting them skills and jobs so that they can survive. All these unskilled poor labor just seems like it would be a lot more trouble and drain on society than it would be worth. Maybe the status quo is the way it will have to be…
We can give people one warning about crossing illegally and then after that then they will be prevented from coming in legally for a number of years.
This biggest issue is how do we prevent a flood?
If people didn’t want to leave their country and come here, it wouldn’t be an issue.
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