1. A degree of forgiveness for the undocumented immigrants already in the U.S. that transforms them into taxpayers and legal guest workers.
2. An expedited guest worker process.
3. Improved border control to keep out actual criminals perhaps utilizing tools such as "e-verify".
4. Incentives to encourage top-flight foreign students, particularly in fields with shortages of American workers, to remain in the U.S. with an expedited permanent residency and naturalization process.
5. Possibly an agreement with Mexico to encourage bilateral cooperation on border control (such an agreement would likely require points #1 and #2 as it would need to be mutually advantageous to both the U.S. and Mexico).
That's one sketch of a possible realistic approach to immigration policy. Other ideas exist.
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"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
Even Thomas Jefferson acknowledged the need for blood to flow so that causes might be advanced, liberty in his case.
I would hazzard a guess that the average person's image of a militia member is about as accurate as his image of a terrorist. Bogeymen, employed to scare hell out of people, nothing more.
H.L. Mencken wrote about it in the last century. He thought that part of the goal of politics was to keep the populace alarmed, thus clamorous to be led to safety, by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
Some terms scare some people, and vigilante is one. Vigilante may not be the most accurate term to describe what the militia spirit is, but it sure is helpful for propaganda purposes.
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?
I think its pretty sad you call yourself a conservative and buy into the lame stream media's definition of him; have you ever met him? How do you know he wears "racisim" on his sleeve just because he wants our nations border secure - that alone does not make anyone a racist.
"What difference" "does it make?"
Semper Fidelis, Semper Liber.
Stolen fair and square from the Capt. Courtesey himself.I spit at lots of people through my computer screen. Not only does it "teach them a lesson" but it keeps the screen clean and shiny.
1) That is pure amnesty BS, as it gives an advantage to those here illegally over those that remained in their country of origin. If anything, paying a fine of say $5K for each year they were illegally here will allow that individual to wait 2 years (outside the US) for permission to apply for legal re-entry into the USA. If you think, for one minute, that most illegals here will work as "guest workers" then you are mathmatically challenged, as there can be no need for 12 to 15 million "guest workers", when we have massive unemployment of U.S. citizens.
2) Agree, as long as no illegal is granted "head of line" consideration.
3) Absolutely required, simply for normal national security and law enforcement.
4) Great idea [I]iff[I/] they are here legally, otherwise see #1. These are the "prime" immigration candidates, their is no shortage of unskilled/semi-skilled labor in the U.S. - 90% of this "problem" is the employer ignoring free market principles in setting wages.
5) No way that Mexico should receicve any preference for "guest workers" again (for at least 20 years) - that simply encourages illegal entry and allows employers to pretend to use foreign "legal guest workers" to keep their U.S. wages down. There is no shortage of fruit/vegetable pickers in the U.S., there is an artificially low wage offered to them, usually expressed in the form of "piece rate", rather than as an hourly wage. Only about 3% of illegal labor is used in agriculture, but they get many of the headlines.
No mention of serious fines for those that employ illegal labor - the biggest magnet program of all for continued labor abuse. I propose a citizen reward program (bounty) for tips leading to arrest/prosecution of those using illegal labor.
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman