Actually, for all the amnesty folks, I'd even be happy to make that a compromise.
Let it be known that any illegal in the country that comes forward on their own will be given the ability to work on the wall for a reasonable dollar amount (I don't know construction, lets say $8 an hour). Proof that they were living in the country prior to the start of the wall's construction would be needed. Upon its completion, and after a basic immigration test and background check, a 5 year temporary visa is granted that will become full citizenship if they recieve no felonies during that time and are employed throughout the majority of that time period. For each additional IMMEDIETE dependant (Spouse and children only) they may take $1 less per hour (down to minimum wage) however that individual will also recieve the same visa/citizenship package.
If there are some that prove themselves extra adept at it the government could even look into possibly finding a contractor that would employee those after the completion and keep them near the border as essentially the company charged with the upkeep of the wall.
Any illegals who are caught and are not violent offenders would be sent to work camps that would be working on sections of the wall seperate from the volunteered groups. They would be paid on par with whatever normal prison work pays.
Upon completion of the wall, ones who had violated no other laws would undergo the same general test and background check, but their temporary visa would be a 10 year one. It would also apply only for those that worked on the wall. Those who had other law violations other than simply the illegal immigration would be deported, the time working on the wall considered their sentence.
This would give incentive for illegals to step forward on their own, as it would give a chance for their family members to become legal as well as paid for their work at a much better rate.
The temporary Visa would require either 6 month or 1 year check in's to verify no illegal activity, employment, residency, etc.
A compromise win all around in that:
- Those in the country would have a potential "path to citizenship".
- Thoes in the country would have a way to potentially not split up their family.
- The wall would be done for likely far less money then would normally be required.
- "Criminal" Illegals whose only charge was being in the country illegally would have a way of remaining in the country afterwards, but also serve some punishment.
- "Criminal" Illegals who had other charges would be punished, but in a productive way, and then deported.
You know Jall, I almost think it wouldn't be a bad idea. Good thought.