Recently Donald Trump said he would implement a firm but fair immigration policy. He hasn’t yet provided any details of the policy so I thought I’d take a shot at some of the specifics. These ideas assume that Trump follows through on a his plan to build a wall on the southern border that would seriously limit the inflow of illegal immigrants.
- Illegal immigrants who would like to stay in this country but are willing to give up on ever being citizens would be given a chance to register as a “special” resident alien within 60 days. Illegal immigrants who ultimately desire to become residents must leave the country within 60 days. They can re-enter later under reformed immigration laws to be addressed by Congress.
- Any illegal who remains in the country but does not register would be deported if discovered by normal processes and would not be subject to legal re-entry for a period of 5 years.
- “Special” resident aliens would be given green cards subject to annual renewal based on remaining actively employed and paying applicable taxes, i. e., “special” resident aliens would not be subject to welfare support more than 60 days in any calendar year. They, as non-citizens, would have no voting rights. They can never apply for citizenship.
- Any special resident alien who commits a felony would be automatically deported.
- A deportation task force would be established to hunt down and deport all unregistered illegals who have committed felony crimes.
- Any municipality not adhering to this policy would not receive any state or federal funding. Any state not adhering to these laws, would not receive any federal funding. Government officials would be subject to criminal punishment for non-adherence.
- Congress would be asked to reform current immigration policies to emphasize protecting American workers while meeting the needs of employers requiring specialized skills that cannot be filled within the U.S. workforce. Strict tests for the latter should be part of the policy.
- Immigration for humanitarian reasons should be incorporated into the policy but only coincident with verifiable vetting processes.
Obviously, I’ve left more than a few holes in the policy. For instance, how do other laws that we have for resident aliens apply to “special” resident aliens?
Given that Trump has realized that he will not be able to continue campaigning on a promise he cannot fulfill – hunting down and deporting some 12-20 million illegals, he needs a viable alternative. The alternative must not cave to the liberals’ path to citizenship for all illegals (just their version of another voting constituency), but it must realize that there are illegals here who can participate in our society and economy in a positive way.