A reasonable solution to illegal immigration
Last updated 5/31/2007 at Noon
My ‘common sense’ approach to the illegal immigrant problem, as follows: Illegals who can prove six or more years of crime-free residency should be allowed not to apply for US citizenship. Those who don’t want US citizenship should be deported. Those illegals with less than six years of proven crime-free residency should be deported, but get preferential treatment when applying to return to the US legally as potential citizens. US-born children can return to their parents’ home country or choose to stay in the US with legal family/friends. Concurrently with this the borders must be secured – really secured – to cut off the influx of additional illegals.
US employees shall be fined $10,000 for every illegal they are found to be employing/harboring. Documentation shall be scrutinized by Federal authorities before employment. A sound guest-worker program (Federally run) must be implemented, allowing workers to sign up with licensed contractors to provide a temporary workforce in the US for agriculture (or similar) duties. This will allow foreign workers to provide for their families yet not entail applying for immigration and eventual citizenship.
It’s not a perfect solution but it is a common sense start toward a solution. I don’t hear our politicians with anything better!
Robert F. Green