Carol Platt Liebau: Immigration, part II

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Immigration, part II

This is guest blogger Wile E Coyote.

Some comments have anticipated the thrust of this post.

Give illegal aliens 60 days to register with local police stations for biometric photographing and fingerprinting. Aliens must prove they were in US at the beginning of the 60-day period. The aliens then have 90 days to leave the country.

Each alien who complies will be entitled to $5,000 payable in two annual installments from a US consulate in his home country. He will also be entitled to remit proceeds from US property sold prior to departure.

After the 60 day deadline, an alien can earn a green card by identifying to Homeland Security 25 aliens who have failed to register and who have not previously been identified by someone else. Identification requires sufficiently precise and timely information as leads to arrest, detention and deportation.

Aliens over 18 who are caught a second time will be incarcerated outside the United States for at least three years. Minors will be returned to their closest relatives in their home country.

Anybody got a better idea?


Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

There are some interesting suggestions there. Even though I have an opposing viewpoint on illegal immigrants I like the use of both "carrot" and "stick" in your approach.

To be honest, the best way to prevent illegal immigration to the US by Mexicans would be to make Mexico into a better country. If Mexico was able to provide its citizens with the social and monetary outcomes available in the US then immigrants would have little reason to leave.

I would try to divert economic resources to Mexico in order to reduce government corruption, better training and pay for law enforcement officers and judicial workers as well as infrastructure projects to increase internal trade within Mexico.

There's no reason for America to see Mexico as a threat, but rather as a potential friend. The two countries have a shared history and are economically interwoven. Any benefit that Mexico is able to enjoy to increase its wealth and bring happiness to its people is in the interest of the United States and its people.

5:36 PM  
Blogger Carol Platt Liebau said...

Wile E Coyote here.

I think the best thing we can do for Latin America (and for Afghanistan for that matter) is to decriminalize drugs.

Taking the money out of drugs would drastically cut violence and corruption. Our society is sufficiently saturated with drugs that anyone who wants them can get them, but the spillover effects are terrible for ourselves and drug producing countries.

If national security requires us to put up with Patriot Act intrusions and having virtually to strip down to our underwear to get through airport security, giving up an approach to drug use that has proven unworkable is a no brainer.

(The late economist Milton Friedman also thought drugs should be decriminalized.)

5:49 PM  
Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

That's hardly "conservative" talk there Wile!

I agree. Certain drugs should be decriminalised and regulated. Prescription heroin and cocaine would reduce crime and cut down addiction quite drastically. It would also force drug dealers to find some other form of money making enterprise (some of which might be legit).

And the poppies and coca could be grown on American farms. That will increase American jobs... and the quality of the stuff would be high so no "cutting" agent (like powdered sugar) wouldn't be needed.

And, in the end, it would actually be cheaper.

4:21 AM  

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