How to deal with illegal immigrants

First published in August, 2016.  Slight modifications, including title change, to reflect that Trump is now president.

During the campaign, Donald Trump said he would implement a firm but fair immigration policy.  That hasn’t happened yet so I’ve taken a shot at some of the specifics of how to handle the illegal immigrants who are currently in the U.S (including DACA recipients). These ideas assume Congress follows through on Trump’s plan to build a wall on the southern border seriously limiting the inflow of illegal immigrants.

  1. 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 (NN-pick a number) days. Illegal immigrants who ultimately desire to become residents must leave the country within NN days.  They can re-enter later under reformed immigration laws to be addressed by Congress.
  2. No illegal currently accused of committing a felony would be allowed to register unless the felony is cleared from their record.
  3. 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.
  4. “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 90 days in any calendar year. They, as non-citizens,  would have no voting rights.  They can never apply for citizenship unless they leave the country and come back under the then current immigration laws.
  5. Any special resident alien who is found guilty of a felony would be automatically deported.
  6. ICE would focus on hunting down and deporting all illegals who have committed felony crimes.
  7. Any municipality not adhering to this policy would not receive any 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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?

Any policy change must not cave to the liberals’ path to citizenship for all illegals (just their realization 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.

Father of slain Muslim US soldier speech to Dems

No argument that this speech was incredibly moving and well placed in the Dem’s convention.  It’s typical of the type of story that the Dems take advantage of over and over to solidify their base and grasp for voters outside their base.

Like most people, I feel sorry for the father and understand his anger at hearing anti-Muslim rhetoric in the media and supposedly from Donald Trump.  But, I would like you to consider two issues that the liberal media won’t address concerning this speech.

First, even if you consider what Trump said early in his campaign about banning all Muslim immigrants (he has since softened that language), there’s some additional thought you need to give to that.  If Trump manages to get elected and somehow is allowed to ban all Muslim immigration for a period of time, he will stop some Muslim families who would be wonderful additions to the U.S. from entering the country.  Included in the group may even be some Muslim children or young adults who will eventually enlist in the armed forces and serve our country honorably.  If Hillary gets elected and follows through on increasing immigration from the Middle East to 65,000 or more, she may admit 10s, 100s, even 1000s of individuals who will find a way to wreak havoc on this country.  Interesting trade-off.

Second, the father’s anger is justified when you consider what he believes to be distrust of all Muslims.  Considering his son’s sacrifice and his own life that is more than understandable.  However, part of this comes from the Dems successfully eliminating the distinctions between immigration and illegal immigration and more importantly in this matter the difference between peaceful Muslims and radical Islamic terrorists.  Trump and conservatives have no problem clearly delineating the difference.  Dems use the convenience of this blurring in their attacks on Trump and conservative thinkers alike.  It’s one of their best tools.