Amidst the immigration hullabaloo [June 2018]|
I have evolved my position on immigration.
My revised position is more liberal - deletions are
IMHO, there is a simple way to address our current immigration issues:
Each immigrant makes a willful decision and then willfully acts to immigrate to the United States. It is a convicted, personal choice. Each immigrant chooses to be where we are.
I'm guessing, immigrants want to experience the US Dream, a.k.a. the American Dream. Our nation offers both personal Freedom and unbridled opportunity. Or immigrants may simply want to be with family already in the United States. Whatever the reason... "it" is here. Right, Mr Putin? (right)
I am grateful that my ancestors gambled on the United States. My father is the first generation born on US soil. My mother is a second generation US citizen. Both families took a great risk and assimilated into US culture. Today, I am reaping the benefits.
Immigration Compromise Jan 30, 2018
If gov’t is the art of compromise, Mr Trump’s proposal is good. However, with a casual review, pillars conflict and counteract each other.
Does compromise trump effectiveness? … it shouldn’t.
Pillar Thoughts Grade I – Amnesty for 1.8 million Dreamers Open Borders is the right strategy… but with provisos (please see my plan below). DACA
Dreamers do NOT have a citizen sponsor. DACA is NOT current law - just an Executive Order.
B minus II – Southern Border Wall A horrible idea - expensive and ineffective F III – End the Visa Lottery Citizens and immigrants MUST be treated equally under The Law. Neither favoritism, nor chance
can thwart what should be a prescriptive process.
A IV – End Chained Migration When citizens sponsor immigrants there is a soft vetting of character and a vetting of allegiance
to the United States. This pillar directly opposes “C3” Sponsorship (detailed below).
C minus Final Grade Compromise - dead center C
Do I vote to accept Mr Trump's compromise?
"We cannot solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." - Albert Einstein
Generous benefits (assistance, handouts, etc...) are a magnet for people living outside the United States. My plea is to end ALL federal assistance. The sovereign state should be able to create policy/statutes in the best interests of its citizens.
If I was struggling or destitute, I’d risk arrest and deportation (and other indignities) for an instant, upgraded standard of living. Wouldn’t you?
Similarly, each state feels economic and social pressures. Texas welcomes new residents; it provides healthcare and schools. Arizona has resisted new residents. Each state must be free to act in the best interests of its citizens. Each state is free/sovereign to create a process for immigrants to become state citizens. Next, state citizens may apply for US citizenship (step 3).
Texas should NOT dictate terms of immigration (or anything else) upon California, nor visa-versa. Why should a distant federal gov’t dictate terms upon both?
A side note: If each town "registers" its residents, the decennial census can be done quickly without costly federal efforts.
When a census is declared, communities report their registered residents to their state legislature. State totals are then forwarded to the federal gov't.
This simple change could eliminate a costly, drawn-out, and intrusive federal program...
New state citizens (former immigrants) then find a "C3" sponsor to pursue US citizenship - a US Citizen, US Corporation, or US Charity organization. These citizen-sponsors, who have previously pledged loyalty, are a soft guarantee of character for new applicants.
Advocates of ending illegal immigration lament, “We don’t know who is coming here”. This is NOT a strong argument, but a point addressed by C3 sponsorship.
In Europe, there is separation, mistrust... and violence. Ethnic immigrants are NOT enfolded with natives.
In the United States, there is more integration. Immigrants live amongst citizens. There is also greater interaction. I do NOT see the same convulsions here that are all too common in Europe.