Yesterday, I received a comment from Glenn Addison, candidate for U.S. Senate (Texas). I had been on his website looking for his views on border security and immigration and missed his position on immigration. I asked on his facebook page, what his plan was for the 15 Million illegal immigrants living in America, after the border has been secured.
He guided me to his website and asked me to “check out the first couple of paragraphs and you’ll see some ideas I’m bringing to the table.”
Here’s what is on his website. I’ll share my thoughts after you’ve read it…
“Illegal immigration causes problems for everyone who is in America legally including persons whose heritage can be traced back to the very countries from which most illegal immigrants originate. Likewise, people here legally that have a “green card” are also negatively affected by illegal immigrants. Persons who are in the United States illegally must realize that their predicament in not being here legally is not the fault of the American people.
They chose to enter the U.S. illegally or not uphold the conditions of their visa. If they were too young to have a say in the matter, then their parents are responsible for any unpleasant circumstances they face as a result of remaining in this country illegally.
There are consequences for illegal activity and breaking the law. Every American, if caught breaking a law, knows this is a basic fact.
The current system is broken and in need of repair. Some type of system/formula needs to be determined to see what this problem has cost the American taxpayer. Once that has been determined, thought should be given to allowing those who have been here and are employed to pay a substantial fee to the U.S. government over a period of years to help reimburse the huge sums spent on health care, education, etc. Only those who are proficient in the English language would be considered. Those who are approved for such a payment plan would be required to acknowledge that they will never be allowed to become U.S. citizens.
Green cards would be issued to these individuals along with legitimate Social Security numbers. Any benefits they might one day qualify for would be strictly based on what those individuals have paid in and would not be subject to current minimum benefit levels. Those who voluntarily go back to their home country and “get in line” to come here legally would, once they are admitted, be allowed to one day become U.S. citizens and qualify for benefits just as any other American, once they achieve citizenship. There must be benefits for the law abiding and consequences for the law breaker.
1.I propose putting whatever number of border patrol and/or national guardsmen are necessary to make sure our border is secured. Placing fencing will simply not take care of the problem. Heavily guarding one area of the border while neglecting vast stretches will only cause smugglers to move to unguarded areas of the border. We must have every foot of the 1,969 mile southern border guarded by reliable means; capable of 24/7 enforcement and protection. I will stand for nothing less.
2.Develop a high-tech system to verify if someone was born in the U.S. or is otherwise here legally. This may require a program in which all persons born in the U.S. would be provided with a new fraud-proof Birth Certificate with necessary technology literally embedded in the document.
3.Once we have secured the border and developed new fraud-proof birth certificates for all Americans then we will finally be able to properly enforce the laws currently on the books regarding the hiring of illegal workers. ”
Addison’s first 10 sentences establish a known reality…we have illegal immigrants living in America, and those immigrants have broken the law. Then, beginning with “Once that has been discovered,” he starts to layout his vision for handling this situation.
“…thought should be given to allowing those who have been here and are employed to pay a substantial fee to the U.S. government over a period of years to help reimburse the huge sums spent on health care, education, etc.” How much of a fee? $5,000? $20,000? It would be interesting to know, and like he said, a system would need to be developed to assess the cost of illegal immigrants on our health care and education systems.
He goes on to say, “Only those who are proficient in the English language would be considered.” I like this…it’s only fair to those who have assimilated and taken on our language.
Continuing, he states, “Those who are approved for such a payment plan would be required to acknowledge that they will never be allowed to become U.S. citizens.” Here’s my question. How does this statement resonate? It’s like you get going…”yeah….I agree to that. Yeah….I agree with that too….Yeah…oh…hold on…what did he say?” Maybe it’s just me, but this kinda sounds like nails on a chalkboard.
He talks about eventually, those on the “plan” would get a green card and can basically live a normal life…with just one minor exception. They will never become an American. However, those who choose to go back to their home country, get back “in line”, and come in the right way, can qualify for citizenship. The theme is, there are consequences. Lawbreakers (illegal immigrants) do not deserve citizenship.
But here’s my question of reason.
If Juan Martinez has been living here illegally for 20 years, and decides to go back to his “home country” to get back in line, hasn’t he already broken the law according to Addison? How can Juan not qualify in one case, yet, by going back and getting in line, qualify? Aren’t you ultimately rewarding someone who broke the law for 20 years? Yes…you are.
So, if Juan would qualify by going back, and will ultimately gain access to America, why not expedite the process? Why put someone through the hell of starting over if the net result is the same?
Moving on, Addison stated his position on securing the border…”We must have every foot of the 1,969 mile southern border guarded by reliable means; capable of 24/7 enforcement and protection. I will stand for nothing less.” I like this too. Not sure how much this will cost, or any sort of details, but the general thought is…high security. I would think all Texans would like this.
He identified more insight with how he might provide solutions…which included developing new fraud preventative birth certificates, a hi-tech system for verifying some-one’s legal status and utilizing National Guardsmen to secure the border. Addison ended by saying, “Once we have secured the border and developed new fraud-proof birth certificates for all Americans then we will finally be able to properly enforce the laws currently on the books regarding the hiring of illegal workers.”
Here…here. But, I think we can enforce laws NOW on those businesses who hire illegal immigrants. We already have the power to do it…
Thank you Glenn Addison for at least putting your thoughts out there for us to see. I hope it becomes a new trend in the Primaries.
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