Carol Platt Liebau: Border Security First

Monday, June 19, 2006

Border Security First

Leading conservatives get it. Let's see if the Senate does.

Once again, I ask: Why not link via some formula the number of people put on the "path to citizenship" to the rate of reduction in illegal immigration?

4 Comments:

Blogger wile e coyote said...

Carol,

Why this linkage?

How about this deal? We give a 10-year visa to any illegal immigrant who provides INS with the current names and addresses of 20 other illegal immigrants (who have not previously been named by someone else). We give a 20-year visa for 50 names and a green card for 100 names.

Names and addresses are only considered current if they result in the INS detaining the person named.

5:41 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

Carol,

The formula is 1:1

Each illegal immigrant that enters a legal means to citizenship, is one less illegal immigrant. There would be no illegal immigrants, if they are all on a legal path to citizenship.

6:38 PM  
Blogger Cavalor Epthith said...

Let's try this, how about levying a fine of USD 120,000 to companies for each illegal immigrant? The monies collected could be split between ICE and a fund for college tuitions for immigrants (btw 120 K is the cost of a Harvard education) who are in the US legally. America must make a choice between cheap labor and cheap products, or, paying for the real value of labor and going without the junk items which Americans waste their hard earned dollars on.

America needs to pay full freight and keep its jobs within its borders by doing more with less. You cannot have it all, both ways and the cake and eat it too!

Cavalor Epthith
Editor-in-Chief
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork

6:50 PM  
Blogger suek said...

>>...levying a fine of USD 120,000 to companies for each illegal immigrant?>>

Only if there is an adequate means of checking to see if an employee _is_ legal or illegal.
Besides, I suspect you'd find that a lot of illegals have started their own businesses, are below the radar, and aren't going to be exposed until someone goes door to door (at least figuratively) to ascertain that everybody who might run a business of some sort is actually licensed.
I wouldn't start that way, myself. I say secure the border. Then start shipping law breakers back. People who don't run afoul of the law might just stay below the radar indefinitely - I don't really have a problem with that, although I think we should also have a means to check for citizenship before allowing access to various social programs. Looking for help from various public supported social programs would be the next on the list to get sent home.

10:20 AM  

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