The other day, Bookworm posted on immigration reform and I put in a comment that somehow never got posted, so I thought I’d use it to reopen the discussion. There’s been lots of talk about how there is no way we can round up 11 milion illegals and send them home, so what we need to do is provide for them a path to citizenship. It seems to me this has it exactly backward. Why would I want to give citizenship to someone whose first act on American soil (illegally entering the country) is an illegal one?
On the other hand, it is a bit unfair to permanently penalize folks who hand no reasonable expectation that we would attempt to enforce our immigration laws when they broke those laws (we’ve been far too lax for far too long).
So I have a simple solution. Give everyone who is here illegally 30 days to get out. Once they are out they can apply through proper channels to re-enter the country legally. Those who leave and enter legally will be given a path to citizenship. Any illegals found on American soil after the 30 days are up are barred from ever seeking citizenship and will be deported as fast as we can find them. Couple this with strong punishments for those who employ illegals, a complete end to benefits for illegals, an end to automatic citizenship for children of illegals born on American soil and other measures to make it undesireable for anyone to come here illegally and we solve the problem. Okay, there’s that little matter of political courage to do it, but otherwise, what do the Bookwormroom readers think of my idea?
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