I see little, if anything different about the GOP plan from the Senate bill. Why do we need more than one “immigration principle” to get started? Start with border security. Do it and then come back with Principle No. 2. The long-awaited “Standards for Immigration” as designed by the GOP were released at the Republican Conference yesterday or today. Note that these principles have no legislative language behind them. The principles assert that border security must be achieved. It gives no timeline. What is missing? The acknowledgement that the GOP understands it will take years to make the border safe (but they think you don’t know that), simply because of corrupt government contracting and a complete lack of cooperation from Democrats.
I suggest Congress come to Tulsa, Oklahoma and sign a contract for an effective fence, pretty pronto, and they will get it. There must be hundreds of thousands of fence companies which can give us double or triple fencing with all the curvy-goodness and barbed-wire at the top required for security. For all those places a fence will not work, there are other technologies, and I hope we don’t hear that the government will hire one of the many who have already been there, and done that, and nothing worked, yet they were paid billions.
So how soon do we begin allowing illegals to “get right with the law,” before border security is assured? That’s the big question. We won’t like the answer.
We are assured immigration laws will be enforced. Which immigration laws? Current law or new laws designed to make it impossible to send people home? I want to hear today’s laws, because the law is not the problem. Not enforcing them is the problem.
We are not stupid. There should only be one principle and that is border security. Do it and prove it to us, then we can talk about Principle No. 2.
I am resigned to the fact that we will have millions of illegals given a pathway to citizenship, or be declared to be here legally. I am not resigned to that happening before it is demonstrated that the border is secure, and while we are securing the border, we are enforcing current law.
We have three more years of Obama. He will respect nothing in what you read below. Congress must impeach this President before there is any hope for immigration reform that will not bring America to her knees.
Here’s the proposal:
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Standards for Immigration Reform
PREAMBLE Our nation’s immigration system is broken and our laws are not being enforced. Washington’s failure to fix them is hurting our economy and jeopardizing our national security. The overriding purpose of our immigration system is to promote and further America’s national interests and that is not the case today. The serious problems in our immigration system must be solved, and we are committed to working in a bipartisan manner to solve them. But they cannot be solved with a single, massive piece of legislation that few have read and even fewer understand, and therefore, we will not go to conference with the Senate’s immigration bill. The problems in our immigration system must be solved through a step-by-step, common-sense approach that starts with securing our country’s borders, enforcing our laws, and implementing robust enforcement measures. These are the principles guiding us in that effort:
Border Security and Interior Enforcement Must Come First
It is the fundamental duty of any government to secure its borders, and the United States is failing in this mission. We must secure our borders now and verify that they are secure. In addition, we must ensure now that when immigration reform is enacted, there will be a zero tolerance policy for those who cross the border illegally or overstay their visas in the future.Faced with a consistent pattern of administrations of both parties only selectively enforcing our nation’s immigration laws,we must enact reform that ensures that a President cannot unilaterally stop immigration enforcement.
Implement Entry-Exit Visa Tracking System
A fully functioning Entry-Exit System has been mandated by eight separate statutes over the last 17 years. At least three of these laws call for this system to be biometric, using technology to verify identity and prevent fraud. We must implement this system so we can identify and track down visitors who abuse our laws.
Employment Verification and Workplace Enforcement
In the 21st century, it is unacceptable that the majority of employees have their work eligibility verified though a paper -based system wrought with fraud. It is past time for this country to fully implement a workable electronic employment verification system.
Reforms to the Legal Immigration System
For far too long, the United States has emphasized extended family members and pure luck over employment-based immigration. This is inconsistent with nearly every other developed nation. Every year thousands of foreign nationals pursue degrees at America’s colleges and universities, particularly in high skilled fields. Many of them want to use their expertise in U.S industries that will spur economic growth and create jobs for Americans. When visas aren’t available, we end up exporting this labor and ingenuity to other countries. Visa and green card allocations need to reflect the needs of employers and the desire for these exceptional individuals to help to grow our economy.
The goal of any temporary worker program should be to address the economic needs of the country and to strengthen our national security by allowing for realistic, enforceable, usable, legal paths for entry into the United States. Of particular concern are the needs of the agricultural industry, among others. It is imperative that these temporary workers are able to meet the economic needs of the country and do not displace or disadvantage American workers.
One of the great founding principles of our country was that children would not be punished for the mistakes of their parents. It is time to provide an opportunity for legal residence and citizenship for those who were brought to this country as children through no fault of their own, those who know no other place as home. For those who meet certain eligibility standards, and serve honorably in our military or attain a college degree, we will do just that.
Individuals Living Outside the Rule of Law
Our national and economic security depend on requiring people who are living and working here illegally to come forward and get right with the law. There will be no special path to citizenship for individuals who broke our nation’s immigration laws – that would be unfair to those immigrants who have played by the rules and harmful to promoting the rule of law.Rather, these persons could live legally and without fear in the U.S., but only if they were willing to admit their culpability, pass rigorous background checks, pay significant fines and back taxes, develop proficiency in English and American civics,and be able to support themselves and their families (without access to public benefits). Criminal aliens, gang members and sex offenders and those who do not meet the above requirements will not be eligible for this program. Finally, none of this can happen before specific enforcement triggers have been implemented to fulfill our promise to the American people that from here on, our immigration laws will indeed be enforced.
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These principles are a way to move forward with the Senate plan. Marco Rubio and John McCain have won. Maybe we can count on the GOP to hold hard and fast to the principle that no criminals will be allowed to stay, but then maybe not.
The good side is that they are calling for Visa reform. The dark side is, we can’t keep track of visas now, so how will we do it in the future, and the bigger question, how quickly? Take a look at ObamaCare – three years for massive failure…three years to the end of Obama’s term.
The GOP is saying that every year “thousands” of illegals here “pursue” advanced degrees. What it doesn’t say is that tens of thousands, or perhaps hundreds of thousands, do not. America has never been closed to professionals.
The pathway to living legally in the U.S. runs parallel with the Senate bill. Lots of talk about “Rule of Law,” none of which an illegal gave a damn about when they came or gives a damn about now. They will be expected to come forward and “get right with the law.” Cliche enough, already!
Criminal aliens, gang members andsex offenders and those who do not meet the above requirements will not be eligible for this program. Finally, none of this can happen before specific enforcement triggers have been implemented to fulfill our promise to the American people that from here on, our immigration laws will indeed be enforced.
How soon do we begin transporting every criminal alien not behind bars to the farthest hinterlands of their home country, and promise them, we WILL KNOW if you try to come back in, and you WILL BE SORRY if you try. We will design a prison for you just like the kind you are accustomed to at home — just for you. You won’t enjoy it. Can that be our hard and fast rule?
Every illegal given a pathway to some kind of legalization should have a stamp on his/her driver’s license and social security card designating that they broke the law, and deal with it, stand at the back of the line for hiring and all other U.S. benefits. If we don’t adopt this hard line, illegals will walk over us and there are plenty of natural-born Americans who will enjoy grinding you under their heel while they promote illegals up the line. God help you if you are a white male without a college degree.
We are promised that immigration laws will be enforced. Which laws? Current laws or new laws that it make it easier to help this Socialist dream come true? Impeach this President. Thanks to Fox News for the transcript.
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