WHAT TO DO?
The very first thing you need to understand is that if you support reducing immigration and stopping illegal immigration you are not in the minority. In fact, according to a 2006 Zogby poll, archived here, you are in the vast majority as noted in the following table.
See the article for the rest of the poll results. The MSM haven't been telling you this stuff.
While Americans overwhelming believe something should be done about out of control immigration, legal and illegal, the MSM, our President and elected officials almost all take an opposing view.
In this section I will propose specific solutions for what needs to do to solve the problem. Actual things you can do to facilitate the solution are addressed in the ACTION section.
While there are many ideas and strongly differing views on "what to do," we must recognize that any program that rewards illegal aliens who have broken the laws of the United States with citizenship is undeserved and unwarranted amnesty, regardless of "what" it is called.
That said, what are we to do with the 12+ million illegal aliens currently in the country? If 12 million is a problem, then 25 million is a much bigger problem. When a water pipe breaks in your house, the very first thing you do is to shut off the water and then the mess is cleaned up. This is common sense that most in the Government seem to be missing.
Illegal immigration must be treated in the same way. This requires two different set of actions: first slowing down and ultimately preventing entry and then making it harder for existing illegal aliens to live and stay in the US while simultaneously "encouraging" many to go home as well as deporting others.
Before that can happen, it first means recognizing that there is a problem. Unfortunately, many people, including those in the MSM, business, and Government, regardless of party affiliation, don't seem to think there is a problem. As this paper as detailed, there is a dark side of illegal immigration that is inflicting massive human and economic costs on America. If you don't think the collateral damage being inflicted is worth saving ten cents on a head of lettuce it is now your responsibility to convince others because doing something about it will require significant changes in attitudes amongst the powers that can actually do something about it.
Basically, it comes down to having the will to enforce the law and solving the problem. Political correct measures, such as a "guest worker program," will not solve the problem nor will they do much to reduce the collateral damage. As Heather MacDonald noted in Illegal Immigration Myths "the threat of enforcement must be credible."
Former US Congresswoman Barbara Jordan from Texas (1973-1979) and Chair, U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform gave testimony on February 24, 1995, before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims. She stated:
" To make sense about the national interest in immigration, it is necessary to make distinctions between those who obey the law, and those who violate it. Therefore, we disagree, also, with those who label our efforts to control illegal immigration as somehow inherently anti-immigrant. Unlawful immigration is unacceptable.
We believe that employer sanctions can work, but only with a reliable system for verifying authorization to work. Employers want to obey the law, but they are caught now between a rock and a hard place. The current system is based on documents. An employer must either accept those documents, knowing that they might be forged, and thus live with the vulnerability to employer sanctions for hiring someone presenting false identification.
We on the Commission believe strongly that it is in the national interest for immigrants to become citizens for the right reasons, not the wrong ones. We want immigrants to be motivated to naturalize in order to vote, to be fully participating members of our polity-to become Americans. We don't want to motivate law-abiding aliens to naturalize just so that they can get food stamps, health care, job training, or their homes tested for lead.
...deportation is crucial. Credibility in immigration policy can be summed up in one sentence: those who should get in, get in; those who should be kept out, are kept out; and those who should not be here will be required to leave. The top priorities for detention and removal, of course, are criminal aliens. But for the system to be credible, people actually have to be deported at the end of the process.
... Finally, the Commission recommends better border management. Far more can and should be done to meet the twin goals of border management: deterring illegal crossings while facilitating legal ones. But we have to recognize both goals."
How far have we come from that attitude? And would you believe that Congresswoman Jordan was a Democrat? Maybe Congresswoman Jordan, herself an African-American, understood that illegal immigration hurts poor Americans and the Black minority the most.
As noted in a Heritage Foundation report, Alternatives to Amnesty: Proposals for Fair and Effective Immigration Reform:
"Immigration reform should be a matter of national priority. To be successful, reforms must include a comprehensive package of measures to reduce illegal entry into the United States as well as to reduce the current population of unlawfully present persons. The cornerstone of any such initiative must be a fair and practical program for repatriating foreign persons who are illegally present in the United States."
Interestingly, the US once got very "tough" on illegal immigration.
As noted in Wikipedia, in 1954:
"... the burgeoning numbers of illegal immigrants prompted President Dwight D. Eisenhower to appoint his longtime friend, General Joseph Swing, as INS Commissioner. According to Attorney General Herbert Brownell Jr., Eisenhower had a sense of urgency about illegal immigration immediately when he took office. In a letter to Sen. William Fulbright, Eisenhower quoted a report in The New York Times that said: "The rise in illegal border-crossing by Mexican 'wetbacks' to a current rate of more than 1,000,000 cases a year has been accompanied by a curious relaxation in ethical standards extending all the way from the farmer-exploiters of this contraband labor to the highest levels of the Federal Government."
Thus Operation Wetback began in California and Arizona and coordinated 1,075 Border Patrol agents along with state and local police agencies to mount an aggressive crackdown, going as far as police sweeps of Mexican-American neighborhoods and random stops and ID checks of "Mexican-looking" people. By the end of July, over 50,000 aliens were caught in the two states. 488,000 people fled the country for fear of being apprehended. By September 80,000 had been taken into custody in Texas and, all told, the INS estimated that 500,000 to 700,000 illegal aliens had left Texas voluntarily.
If Ike was concerned then, I wonder what he would think now?
While new millennium sensibilities and enlightenment probably excludes such actions today, preventing entry requires more border security, including a physical barrier to keep out non-citizens who do not respect the rule of law and sovereignty of the United States and who are wantonly ignoring our borders. This is not much different from locking the front door on your house to keep criminals from simply strolling in and helping themselves to whatever they want. However, in this case many of those criminals also want to molest and rape the women and children.
Border security must be the highest priority because if a few million illegal aliens who simply want to work in the USA can gain access then so can many hundreds of thousand illegal alien criminals who want to prey on US citizens, as well as a few hundred thousands of illegal alien sexual predators, and, of course, a few thousand illegal alien terrorists whose motive is to kill as many Americans as they can. As it is now, all three are happening.
Regardless, border security is mandatory to keep the previously deported illegal aliens, often the hard core criminals and sexual perverts, from simply returning after they actually are deported. As referenced earlier in this report in the various examples of horrific crime and traffic accidents, a large percentage were caused by an illegal alien who had been previously deported. Routinely the perpetrator had been deported multiple times and often many, many times.
As noted in 2,179 Illegal Immigrants Arrested Half Have Criminal Records; About 800 Have Been Previously Deported the current situation is more like a merry-go-round than any viable national border security. Even illegal aliens who are caught selling false documents and who are deported, turn back up in the same place a few months later.
While border security and enforcement has had some improvement, as noted in Fact Sheet: ICE Accomplishments in Fiscal Year 2006, there is still a long, long way to go.
We need a proper Border Fence. NOW! Without proper border security most of whatever else we do will be either futile or very inefficient.
As noted in a Judicial Watch article, Criminal Illegals Live Freely in U.S. when the Government finally gets around to actually doing something to enforce immigration laws it can be quite successful. The article notes:
"It took six years after the deadliest terrorist attack in U.S. history for the government to finally complete the crucial database that has so far only been used in three states and is vehemently opposed by immigrant rights groups that claim it will lead to racial profiling. But statistics, anecdotes of success and local police tell a much different story.
In only a few months the database has helped capture 130 illegal immigrants in Southern California who would have otherwise been released on bond for their repeat offense as well as 6,700 jail inmates. A recent example is the case of a previously deported Mexican man with a violent record who lived freely in Southern California. He was arrested for trying to rob a car and when his fingerprints were scanned into the federal database, police instantly determined his criminal past, which includes convictions for child molestation and grand theft auto.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff said that without the new federal database, a criminal such as this would have been freed on bail as deputies waited for hours for federal and state officials to do a background check. The same would happen in thousands of other cases, according to an official who said "these people would be undetected and released if we didn't have this capability."
As this paper has detailed, when we catch these people and finally get around to deporting them, even after they have been incarcerated for a time, most simply return. We need the fence!
In the meantime, we need to recognize that illegal aliens do not have the rights and privileges of American citizens. With the current exception of illegal aliens' children born in the United States, they are all lawbreakers and many are taking advantage of services provided to citizens, making them not much different than common thieves. They are owed nothing and should not be treated differently than any other criminal that is taking things that do not belong to them.
The fact that most come to the US illegally for economic reasons does not change the fact that they violated the sovereignty of the United States and jumped ahead of all the millions who are following our immigration laws. Americans play by the rules. Few of us would tolerate a line jumper if we are waiting in a queue to buy concert tickets so why should we allow it for illegal aliens?
In researching and writing this report, I have read or reviewed a few thousand websites, articles, columns, and position papers. Over 1,000 are referenced in this report. As one individual, I have put together some thoughts on solving the problem. While only a few are original, as most were taken from or influenced by those sources, they are all part of an integrated, cohesive, realistic and comprehensive offering that addresses all aspects of illegal immigration.
Some, like serious border security will take a bit of money and time to implement. However, even then, the costs are well worth it, given the damage that is being inflicted. It is actually the delay in getting serious and started that is even more costly as every day more Americans are being molested, raped, killed and murdered.
However, some of my proposed solutions are fairly simple and low cost to implement and will have an immediate affect on reducing the massive collateral damage that is only growing larger with each passing day.
In any case, to discourage illegal aliens from being in the United States we must adopt policies and procedures that hinder violation of our borders laws while simultaneously making it more difficult for illegal aliens to stay.
If we limit the job opportunities we dramatically reduce the incentives to violate our sovereignty for all the illegal aliens that are coming to "only doing the work that Americans won't do." If many of the existing illegal aliens go home on their own accord we solve the problem of needing to round them up and deport them. As noted earlier, a "get tough" attitude and approach will encourage many of the "non-criminal" illegal aliens to leave of their own accord.
These two axioms will greatly reduce the collateral damage that is being inflicted on American citizens and free up law enforcement resources to track down the illegal alien criminals, gangsters, and perverts who won't leave without the heavy hand of the law coming down on them, catching and deporting them.
In any case, we must be fed up with the current situation enough to do something about it.
- We need to recognize that the battle against potential domestic terrorism and the illegal alien invasion can not be won without having immediate and trusted verification of whether or not somebody is in the US legally. Trusted identification is also required by employers.
The most common method of identification, the driver's license, is too unreliable to be used nationally as many states do not require proof of citizenship. To see how secure your state's license is see Coalition for a Secure Driver's License. As previously noted in the Traffic Accidents section, illegal aliens flock to states such as North Carolina with minimal documentation requirements to get driver's licenses. It is also worth noting that most of the 9/11 terrorists had driver's licenses, in fact many had multiple driver's licensees from different states. In fact, altogether the 19 terrorists of 9/11 were holding 63 state driver's licenses.
As Lars Larson and others have proved, anybody can get a Maticular Consular ID Card.The US Border Patrol says that the Matricula Consular Card is Worthless as an ID.
The FBI says that the Matricula Consular Card is Worthless as an ID. See the Testimony of Steve McCraw, Assistant Director of The Office of Intelligence, FBI Before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims on Consular ID Cards.
Some states, notably the ones providing "sanctuary," and the Mexican Government want to make these Matricula Consular cards, which are non-verifiable as to the identity of the individual, legal ID. However, they are so lax that Bin Laden could get one and then use it to get a U.S. drivers license and drive the streets of America casing the next big hit.
To see if your bank accepts this bogus identification, as well as ones that don't, go to US Banks that accept Illegal Alien IDs. If your financial institution is not on the list ask.
Change your bank if they accept this Mickey Mouse ID.
To correct this problem now, Congress has the power to disallow use of any foreign ID, except a passport, to be used for any interstate activities, including banking. If you don't think they are controlling banking now, try taking more than $10,000 in cash through customs.
Since the Interstate Highways are also under the dominion of the Federal Govt. that could also include State Driver's Licenses if the driver wants to drive on the Interstates.
In affect, this is a national ID card but, like it or not, times have changed and 9/11 changed everything. Having the current and mostly worthless ID cards we use now won't do you a whole lot of good if you are killed by illegal aliens terrorists when they nuke New York City or when you lose your job because you are making too much money.
In any case, currently our Social Security number is already a de-facto national ID card but the card is too easy to counterfeit and the number is too hard to verify. Thus, we need an easily verifiable, non-counterfeitable SSN card, including picture and biometric data, and legislation that makes it mandatory for doing work and receiving benefits in the USA.
These provisions need to be incorporated into the REAL ID provisions of Public Law P.L. 109-13 which prohibits Federal agencies from accepting State-issued driver's licenses or identification cards unless such documents are determined to meet minimum security requirements. We also need to be able to provide employers with a quick means for verifying the validity of a SSN card. States that reject the REAL ID should lose all Federal Highway funds. If they don't give a damn who is driving on their roads, let them pay all the costs for building those roads.
At this point it is worth noting that the Use of fake documents by illegal workers on the rise so "the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office has started a program to help identify illegal workers. Under the Pilot Employment Verification Program, participating employers put a worker's reported name and Social Security number onto an Internet site to make sure the data matches and the number is legitimate. It's free and voluntary and has been available to employers in all 50 states since December 2004. Still, only 12,000 of the United States' 12 million employers take part, according to industry officials, and the program has its weaknesses."
If MasterCard can provide immediate and trusted verification, what is the problem?
We also need to immediately shut down the counterfeit document rings in the US such as the one operated by the Castorena-Leija Sanchez Organization which has revenue estimated to be in the $300 million range, annually, which is a LOT of false ID papers.
Not being able to get jobs, drivers' licenses and bank accounts will cause many illegal aliens to go home.
- Any state, city, or municipality that receives federal funding of any sort shall be required to cooperate with DHS and ICE and enforce the immigration laws under Sec. 133 of the 1996 immigration reform act. Not cooperating, ignoring enforcement, or providing "sanctuary" is aiding and abetting criminals and should result in the cessation of all federal funds targeted for law enforcement activities and a proportional reduction of all other social welfare funds based on the percentage of illegal aliens reported on the previous US Census. If a. state, city, or municipality wants to be a "sanctuary" let them pay for it. However, it is unjust to pass the subsidized costs to the other taxpayers who are being molested, raped, killed, and murdered as a result of such sanctuary policies.
- We need to increase the penalties for hiring illegal aliens and direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) to vigorously enforce the existing laws, including taking action against employers.
While everybody knows that certain industries routinely hire illegal aliens, remarkably few employers are ever prosecuted. As noted by CNN anchor Lou Dobbs, since 2001, out of five and a half million employers in the U.S., only 318 have been fined for hiring illegal aliens. In 2004, only three employers were fined.
While the problem has already been bad over the last decade, and growing worse, the Government has done little about it as noted in the following chart from a Bear Stearns report, The Underground Labor Force is Rising to the Surface:
A simple step in the right direction that could be done NOW is to change the rules at the SSA regarding duplicate SSNs. Right now, incredibly, fifty people could be using the same SSN and hardly anything is done. Much of the ID fraud and illegal employment could be dramatically reduced if Congress required the SSA to immediately notify both employers and individuals when a duplicate SSN is being used.
If American Express can provide immediate and trusted verification, what is the problem?
As noted in Illegal immigrants steal identities to get jobs:
"Of 231 million Wage and Tax Statements (W2s) filed by employers during tax year 2004, 8 million did not match. (This figure is not exclusive to identity fraud. It also includes numbers that did not match for different reasons, such as name changes). Californians owned 29 percent of those mismatches, the greatest number of any state.
"It is identity fraud," said Beth Givens, director of Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a San Diego-based nonprofit organization that helps consumers with privacy rights issues."
Again, much of the ID fraud and illegal employment could be dramatically reduced if Congress required the IRS to immediately notify both employers and individuals when a duplicate SSN on a W2 is being used.
Right now, today, neither the IRS nor the SSA are very cooperative in preventing the fraud as noted in a April 2006 report, Agencies won't share immigration evidence, where it was noted:.
"Two federal agencies are refusing to turn over a mountain of evidence that investigators could use to indict the nation's burgeoning workforce of illegal immigrants and the firms that employ them.
Last week, immigration cops trumpeted the arrests of nearly 1,200 illegal workers in a massive sting on a single company, but they admit that they relied on old-fashioned confidential informants and an unsolicited tip to get their investigation going.
It didn't have to be that hard.
The IRS and the Social Security Administration routinely collect strong evidence of potential workplace crimes, including names and addresses of millions of people who are using bogus Social Security numbers, their wage records and the identities of the bosses who knowingly hire them.
But they keep those facts secret.
"If the government bothered to look, it could find abundant evidence of illegal aliens gaming our system and the unscrupulous employers who are aiding and abetting them," said Rep. J.D. Hayworth, R-Ariz."
How prevalent is the false documentation and how easy should it be to catch? See the ICE new release where it was reported:
"ICE agents arrest seven managers of nationwide pallet company and 1,187 of the firm's illegal alien employees in 26 states. Roughly 53 percent of the firm's employees during 2005 had invalid / mismatched Social Security numbers.
... The affidavit further alleges that approximately 53.4 percent of the Social Security numbers contained on the IFCO Systems North America Inc. payroll of roughly 5,800 workers during 2005 were either invalid, did not match the true name registered with the Social Security Administration for that number, or belonged to children or deceased persons. The Social Security Administration sent at least 13 written notifications to IFCO headquarters about such discrepancies on its payroll records in 2004 and 2005, the affidavit alleges."
But it was too hard for the SSA to pick up the phone and call DHS with "we have identified a problem."
How much do the two Government agencies know? As reported in The Secret List of ID Theft Victims, in 2002 the SSA knew about 9 million mismatched SSNs. While some are from valid mistakes, name changes, marriages, et cetera the vast majority are as a result of illegal aliens. As an interesting aside, this number would also indicate that the illegal alien population is far higher than most government agencies and immigration friendly sources admit.
As it is now, the IRS comes after YOU for back taxes owed on the seven jobs you were simultaneously working at in different cities and not paying any taxes on because you were also declaring twelve dependents.
Employers also need to be held more accountable for verifying Social Security numbers and immigration status before hiring and be put on notice that hiring illegal aliens is simply not acceptable.
If stiff fines won't work then some jail time will. We did it with Martha Stewart and Enron executives who violated the law and ripped off shareholders, why not employers who are violating the law, taking advantage of illegal aliens, denying employment at a fair market wage to citizens, and passing the bill for subsidized illegal workers to taxpayers? A rip-off is a rip-off.
Even when one of the largest companies in the United States, Wal-Mart, was found to be knowingly hiring illegal alien cleaning crews, and paying them a lower wage, they did not get fined. If DHS would arrest a few senior Wal-Mart executives rather than some IFCO Systems North America Inc supervisors maybe something would actually get done.
Thus employers who are egregiously violating the law need to be vigorously prosecuted and fined to put the "fear of God" into other employers who are violating existing laws. This will also level the playing field for those companies in industries with a high percentage of illegal alien workers who are trying to play by the rules.
Most people who can not speak English and who are applying for a job are most likely illegal aliens. Legal immigrants in the same situation will have proper documentation. There is nothing in the Constitution that defines "not speaking English" as a protected status. This is not rocket science.
No jobs will cause many illegal aliens to go home.
- Welfare programs are for citizens and certain designated legal immigrants. If one can not prove that you are legally entitled to welfare it should not be given.
While seemingly harsh, it is also unjust to put the burden on the taxpayers. Let the many illegal immigrant supporters pick up the tab through private and charitable giving until the illegal aliens return home. There is nothing stopping them from sharing their home with illegal aliens. The social programs designed to help American citizens are now being abused to provide services to illegal aliens. This is both drawing them here and enabling them to stay here.
No more welfare will cause many illegal aliens to go home.
- To keep the US from being balkanized by different languages, English should be declared the official language of the United States and all government communications should be exclusively in English.
It is a requirement for citizenship to be able to read, speak and understand English. The only non-English speaking people in the country should be either tourists or legal immigrants. Both of those groups will have proper documentation and when a legal immigrant doesn't have their papers they are the only "undocumented immigrants" in the US. Everybody else is a tourist, citizen or an illegal alien.
As noted by a Pro-English article, Since when is speaking English "discrimination?":
"Executive Order 13166 says that any entity which receives federal funds must provide whatever services it offers in any foreign language spoken by anyone likely to receive those services. It says failure to do so is likely to constitute "discrimination on the basis of national origin" as prohibited by Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights law. Signed by President Clinton on August 11, 2000, the order directs all federal agencies to draft plans to "improve access to federally conducted or federally assisted programs for persons who, as a result of national origin, are limited in their English proficiency.
This executive order gives the United States hundreds of all-but-official languages."
It uses power that was never delegated by Congress and has been repeatedly denied to the Executive Branch by the courts. When Congress wrote the 1964 Civil Rights Law, language was never considered a basis for determining discrimination. It is self-evident that a person's national origin, which cannot be changed, is not the same as the language someone speaks.
President Bush could easily and immediately rescind this outrageous Executive Order.
If he wanted to.
It is especially egregious to be printing voting instructions and ballots in anything but English as only citizens are allowed to vote and reading and understanding English is a requirement for citizenship and thus voting. The 1965 Voting Act should be immediately amended, deleting the foreign language provisions.
Making English the official language is mandatory because illegal alien friendly bureaucrats and activists are now defining requiring the speaking of English as discrimination as noted in City Commision: Geno's "speak English" sign discriminatory.
- For all Federal Elections, it needs to be made mandatory that a trusted photo ID is required at the time of voting or registration. The latter would also eliminate most fraudulent voter registration by mail.
- Since the airwaves are owned by the people and licensed and regulated by the federal government, all broadcasts requiring a FCC license should have a mandate that a minimum of 50% of all programming and broadcasting during the hours of 7AM to 7PM must be in English. The penalties for violation should be proportional to the non-compliance and serious and/or repeated violations would result in loss of license.
When the ACLU complains and files suit, the Justice Dept. should litigate them out of business.
- Schools should be mandated to teach all classes in English. Non-English speakers would have 1 year of comprehensive English immersion classes before being mainstreamed and summer school for ESL students would be mandatory.
It is far better to set kids back a year than to simply pass them through not being able to properly speak and read English and ultimately end up being many years behind, or dropping out altogether.
In place of the grossly ineffective ESL bureaucracies and special interest groups in the education system, modern language teaching methods such as those offered by the Rosetta Stone should be employed. The Rosetta Stone ESL Education program is remarkably effective, efficient and fast in teaching English to non-English speaking people. It is also very cost effective. Additionally, the Rosetta Stone program provides native English speaking students the opportunity to quickly learn one or more of 28 foreign languages.
Somebody needs the will to stand up to the NEA and tell them to concentrate on Reading, Writing and Arithmetic so Johnny can read and Suzy can add instead of wasting more human and financial resources on their mostly ineffective ESL programs.
- For any college or university that receives federal funding, directly or indirectly, it should be made illegal for that institution to grant in-state tuition rates to anybody who is not a legal resident of the state as doing so is discrimination against all other Americans who are also not residents of that state.
- State laws should be changed where any traffic stop that has a driver that can not speak English, who is not a documented tourist or legal immigrant, results in the driver being arrested and the car being impounded. This can be immediately implemented on Federal Highways. A driver that can not speak English can not read and understand the rules of the road and is a potential and very serious and deadly menace to other citizens, as documented earlier in this report.
On arrest and impounding, the driver's license and the car's registration and insurance are to be thoroughly investigated. If the license is counterfeit the driver will be charged with a felony and jailed. If the car's papers are fraudulent, the car is to be seized. If the car has a free and clear title it is to be sold at auction. If the title is held by a loan company, a fine equivalent to 25% collateral, based on blue book fair market value, is levied, and, when paid, the car is returned to the lien holder. If the fine is not paid the car is sold at auction. Similar penalties could also be implemented for DWIs committed on Federal highways, regardless of citizenship.
When illegal aliens start getting their uninsured and improperly registered cars confiscated, many will go home.
- There is an epidemic of terrorist, illegal aliens, and resident law breakers driving without valid licenses, registration, and insurance.
As noted in Identity and Immigration Status of 9/11 Terrorists: "According to the March 28, 2002 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Robert Thibadeau, director of Carnegie Mellon's Internet Security labratory, says that "the 19 terrorists on Sept. 11 were holding 63 state driver's licenses for identification." Go to the February 2007, New American article, Illegal Immigrants in a State of Disarray, by Kurt Williamsen to see how sanctuary policies in working Wisconsin's Department of Motor Vehicles facilitates this practice.
While the REAL ID provisions of Public Law 109-13 corrects the security disparities in state issued driver's licenses, it does not address the lack of registration and insurance issue.
Since fraudulent out-of-state documentation is often used, a national database should be established to provide law enforcement with immediate verification of all three. Any driver convicted of driving without insurance will be required to prepay a years worth of insurance and any subsequent cancellation or non-payment of insurance while the car is still owned by the driver or anybody else at the same registering address will result in the car being impounded.
Driving a car on public roads is a privilege that comes with responsibilities and it is grossly unjust to put the burden of irresponsible behavior on the law abiding public.
When illegal aliens start getting their uninsured and improperly registered cars confiscated, many will go home.
- The penalty for breaking immigration laws, Title 8 Section 1325 of the U.S. Code, and being in the US illegally should be made a felony.
While it is highly unlikely the US will actually deport hardly any of the existing 12+ million illegal aliens, making being in the country illegally a felony makes it a whole lot easier to deport certain undesirable illegal aliens as well as newer illegal aliens. It also denies citizenship and all its inherent privileges to lawbreakers who entered the country illegally. The only thing worse than accommodating illegal aliens is giving illegal aliens voting rights which is the main privilege of citizenship.
- Federal Tax Law needs to change where it is a made a felony to file a tax return if you are not a legal resident of the United States.
As it is now, filing a federal tax return is a gateway to abusing the system. See: Top 10 Reasons to File Individual U.S. Tax Returns if you are an Undocumented Immigrant.
- We need to change the 14th Amendment or at least officially define the current interpretation so that children of illegal aliens who are born in the United States are not US citizens and not anchor babies. The economic and social costs of allowing this practice is an enormous burden on taxpayers.
In any case, the Federalist Blog notes: Alien Birthright Citizenship: A Fable That Lives Through Ignorance. Also see Our Constitution and Our Borders, by Neal Ross in News With Views for some historical and legal perspectives.
The US Visa Policy should also be changed to prohibit the entry of obviously pregnant women until the nationality birth provisions of the 14th Amendment are clarified and enforced.
When illegal aliens can't get anchor babies, many will go home.
- Congress needs to immediately repeal the asinine Kennedy amendment to the 1996 immigration reforms which allows "mere membership" in terrorist organizations and makes it insufficient grounds for barring aliens from entering the US.
If Kennedy wants to fraternize with and pander to terrorists let him go to their country. Is Boston on the short list of the first cities the illegal alien terrorists would want to nuke? Moving towards "sanctuary status would facilitate it. Maybe Mr. Kennedy has the answer.
- The number of legal immigrants to the USA should be curtailed for a few years to allow things to settle and to provide time for the large numbers of recent immigrants to assimilate.
250,000 a year for ten years is much more realistic than the current 1+ million. To do this, the family-preference provisions of the US visa program must be immediately amended to delete most family preferences. We must also get back to limiting refugees to those in danger of persecution or death for religious or political beliefs. A potential civil war in Iraq is not a valid reason. We lost over 185,000 Americans in our Civil War and another 430,000 fighting for freedom for other people's countries.
- As previously noted, the population explosion in the US is a result of both legal and illegal immigrants and a significant portion of the sharply rising legal immigration is a direct result of family preferences. The current visa allowances should be changed to allow only spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens and should exclude any adult siblings and parents. Family unification is always an option in the immigrant's original country.
Immigration is the driving factory behind the explosive growth of the population in the United States. Exactly how many people do we want in the USA at the end of this century: 400 million, 500 million or a BILLION? At the present growth rate, there will be a billion people in the United States within the lifetime of a child born today. Is that what we want? Since the population affects so many aspects of American society from the environment to needing more HOV lanes on the already crowded freeways, we need to have a national consensus on what the population and population growth of the United States should be.
While we are at it, we need to reduce the personal exemptions for children for taxes. The US is now a populated country and heading into some serious overpopulation. If a couple wants to have ten children that is their business but it is unjust for the rest of the taxpayers to be paying for them. Starting now and over the next fifteen years, one child exemption should be removed each year until the maximum number of personal exemptions for children is three. An exception would be made for all adopted children and "Brady Bunch" families would get double the number. The deductions for the first two should also be increased to help ensure a stabile population.
- Visa issuing authority should be transferred from the Department of State to DHS. Congress can set the goals but it will be up to the DHS to see that they are enforced.
Additionally, who is getting visas must be greatly tightened. As noted by MR. Mark Krikorian, Executive Director, Center for Immigration Studies, in a May 2006 testimony VISA OVERSTAYS: CAN WE BAR THE TERRORIST DOOR? before the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations:
"But as important as border security is, it is not sufficient. It has to be supplemented by a tightly run immigration system inside the country, and there are a lot of different aspects to that. But this issue of visa overstays is one of the most important ones.
I don't mean to be pedantic about it, but, strictly speaking, it is not the visa that is being overstayed, because the State Department issues the visas. It is the length of stay that the immigration inspector gives the person that is overstayed.
Estimates are that something like as much as 40 percent—maybe 30 to 40 percent—of the illegal alien population is made up of overstays. So we are talking about maybe 4 million or more people among the illegal aliens are visa overstays. So this really is an extraordinarily large part of the general illegal immigration problem."
- Immigration goals and levels must be set to bring in immigrants who want to be Americans and who will bring real and tangible benefits to our nation and economy.
As noted by Steven Malanga in How Unskilled Immigrants Hurt Our Economy:
"If America is ever to make immigration work for our economy again, it must reject policies shaped by advocacy groups trying to turn immigration into the next civil rights cause or by a tiny minority of businesses seeking cheap labor subsidized by the taxpayers. Instead, we must look to other developed nations that have focused on luring workers who have skills that are in demand and who have the best chance of assimilating. Australia, for instance, gives preferences to workers grouped into four skilled categories: managers, professionals, associates of professionals, and skilled laborers.
Using a straightforward "points calculator" to determine who gets in, Australia favors immigrants between the ages of 18 and 45 who speak English, have a post–high school degree or training in a trade, and have at least six months' work experience as everything from laboratory technicians to architects and surveyors to information-technology workers. Such an immigration policy goes far beyond America's employment-based immigration categories, like the H1-B visas, which account for about 10 percent of our legal immigration and essentially serve the needs of a few Silicon Valley industries."
- The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act of 1985 (EMTALA) needs to be fixed so that it is not bankrupting local hospitals and medical centers.
At minimum, since it is a Federal mandate, the Federal Government should be responsible for 100% of the mandated costs.
Keep in mind, however, that the Federal Govt. only gets its money from taxing the citizens so unless some dramatic changes to the EMTALA are made, the costs will continue to climb with taxpayers still footing the bill. But, until then, at least your local hospital or emergency room won't be closing because of uncompensated federal mandates.
When illegal aliens can not get free medical care, many will go home.
- Laws need to be changed to prohibit foreign nationals from giving political contributions, directly or indirectly, to US political parties and all candidates for elected offices.
This would include people holding dual citizenship as you are either an American or you aren't. Additionally, the misguided Federal Campaign Finance Law should be immediately amended to dramatically raise the individual contributions, require public notification reporting within 3 business days, and delete or dramatically lower all soft money to PACs that finance all the misleading and obnoxious slime ads otherwise known as "issue advocacy advertisements." Who is kidding who?
- We need to prohibit all federal government employees from accepting any employment, contracts, gifts, speaking fees, or any other thing of value, including back door book buying deals, from a foreign government or its agents, or citizens, for 25 years after leaving government service.
- The various groups and individuals that are assisting and helping illegal aliens violate the laws of the United States need to be charged aiding and abetting criminals and racketeering.
They illegal alien supporters don't seem to mind that Americans are being molested, raped, killed, and murdered as a result of their actions and that the economic burden and consequences are being passed to the taxpayers, so it is time to hold them accountable for their decisions.
- We need to return to a strict interpretation of the Constitution and what the Federal Governments responsibilities are.
As noted by Neal Ross in a News With Views commentary, Our Constitution and Our Borders:
"James Madison, our 4th President, mindful that there would be those who would tinker with the Constitution admonished these meddlers thusly, "Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government."
The separation of text from historical background is a common occurrence in our nation today. Advocates of one cause or another routinely alter and misrepresent the meaning of various portions of the Constitution to justify divers, and often conflicting, agendas. These campaigns and causes seem to be endless in number. We know that many provisions of the Constitution have been subverted, and we know also that the false extrapolations of the meaning of these provisions, as intended by the authors, has bastardized our government. These crusades for social change seem to be rampant and endless and the peddlers of the same look to the Constitution to justify and stimulate the social changes, which they desire, but which are totally unsupported by the provisions of the Constitution. The changes in Immigration sought by the president and the congress clearly point up this conflict between the intent of the Constitution and the wants of these politicos."
- Our nation is a Constitutional Republic. Only citizens are allowed to vote and determine the national policies of the United States. Besides making a valid photo ID a requirement for both registering and voting, any program that is based on population for assigning benefits or making policy determinations must only count citizens. This also includes the numbers used for Congressional reapportionment.
- Somebody needs to get the gonads to tell former Mexican President Fox and the new President Felipe Calderon to mind their own business, take care of their own poor, criminals, and gangs and quite assisting them to come here. To see how outrageous the situation currently is see Guide for the Mexican Migrant.
If Mexico doesn't want all their residents back we should demand two barrels of oil a week as compensation for the collateral damage and for taking care of them. Even then that would only be about $78 billion a year at $50/barrel. We would, however, hire the Mexican illegal aliens to build the pipeline.
This means that we need to get really serious about enforcing immigration violations. As reported by Heather MacDonald in The Illegal-Alien Crime Wave:
"Some of the most violent criminals at large today are illegal aliens. Yet in cities where the crime these aliens commit is highest, the police cannot use the most obvious tool to apprehend them: their immigration status. In Los Angeles, for example, dozens of members of a ruthless Salvadoran prison gang have sneaked back into town after having been deported for such crimes as murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and drug trafficking. Police officers know who they are and know that their mere presence in the country is a felony. Yet should a cop arrest an illegal gang-banger for felonious reentry, it is he who will be treated as a criminal, for violating the LAPD's rule against enforcing immigration law.
The LAPD's ban on immigration enforcement mirrors bans in immigrant-saturated cities around the country, from New York and Chicago to San Diego, Austin, and Houston. These "sanctuary policies" generally prohibit city employees, including the cops, from reporting immigration violations to federal authorities.
Such laws testify to the sheer political power of immigrant lobbies, a power so irresistible that police officials shrink from even mentioning the illegal-alien crime wave. "We can't even talk about it," says a frustrated LAPD captain. "People are afraid of a backlash from Hispanics." Another LAPD commander in a predominantly Hispanic, gang-infested district sighs: "I would get a firestorm of criticism if I talked about [enforcing the immigration law against illegals]." Neither captain would speak for attribution.
... Meanwhile, millions of illegal aliens work, shop, travel, and commit crimes in plain view, utterly secure in their de facto immunity from the immigration law."
No more sanctuary will cause many illegal aliens to go home.
It is worthwhile to note that most legal immigrants have restrictions placed on them so that they are not a burden on society and have responsibilities placed on them before they can become citizens. It is worse than asinine to give amnesty to millions of illegal aliens just because they happen to be here, and then pay them to stay here, when there are millions of potential aspirants to citizenship who are following the law on the waiting list. If we require legal immigrants to jump through all the hoops, should anything less be required of illegal aliens that we "allow" to remain here to "earn" citizenship?
The question Americans need to be asking themselves and our politicians is exactly what kind of immigrants do we want in the United States?
Do we want educated, hard working, law-abiding, aspirants of becoming Americans or uneducated illegal aliens who, for the most part, are a major economic burden on society, with many having strong anti-American attitudes? Do we want decent people with good values or criminals who are ripping off, molesting, raping, killing, and murdering the citizens of this country?
With all the talk over the lives of American service personnel lost in fighting the war on terror, illegal aliens kill far more Americans every year than the total lost in Iraq and Afghanistan. Probably as many as all the Iraqies being blown to bits too.
And we don't have any children fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
What to do? When you can answer this question, you will know what to do: