I brought my computer in to be re-imaged at Houston Christian School’s tech office last Tuesday when I saw Carson diligently working on an outside presentation while the rest of the school was effectively closed. I had hoped to catch up with him because I had recently been formulating the perimeters of a new public policy and wanted to bounce our ideas off of a strongly, left-leaning person. In essence, the plan sounds very leftist (and you can only imagine the look on Carson’s face at the thought of one of the last vocal neo-conservatives shifting into a conforming member of society). I hate bursting his bubble, but I (and likely many others of the same value system) don’t see immigration policy reformation as a partisan subject because we can all agree that our current system is superfluous. If you don’t then just look at the 20,000,000 plus illegal immigrants that have entered our country thus far. Enough with the back story though. Simply put, Carson asked me to write up the bill proposal that we already have in mind and put it up for discussion here on the professor. I hope you enjoy. And please, be critical to your heart’s desire. Every bit helps.
Proposition: The basis of my proposition is the institution of a working visa. It is to address many of the problems that currently plague our immigration system; viz. the length of time required to obtain a green card, the high cost of English courses for lower class citizens from other countries, and the prerequisites involved in obtaining a green card. Said visa is to have a cost of no more than 0.05% of a potential immigrant’s annual wages and will allow that migrant to work within the borders of the United States for five years. During that period, said immigrant is to be paid in the same fashion as a regular citizen and they will pay all of the same taxes that other members of our society currently pay. They will be allowed to take citizenship courses during their time within our borders and hopefully can obtain full citizenship before the maturation of the visa comes to pass.
Voting rights are null and void during the time that they work under the visa and will only take effect two years after full citizenship rights are granted, thus allowing for an initiation period to the American system of politics. The children of immigrants who possess said visa will be allowed to attend both public and private American schools as long as their parents do pay their appropriate taxes to the Internal Revenue Service. Immigrants are to be allowed to visit free clinics and, if possible, buy health insurance that will transfer with them if they achieve the status of a citizen. Felonies committed during the maturity of the visa will result in prompt deportation to the country of origin and misdemeanors will be accompanied by appropriate jail time. Immigrants are not to be allowed to claim social security for nine years after the appropriation of the visa in order that they can pay in some money to the system before they withdraw from it.
Current illegal immigrants within our borders are to be allowed to visit their city courthouse to obtain the visa. Finally, the first revenue generated through taxation and other associated costs to immigrants hoping to obtain the visa will go towards the creation of the South Texas wall in order to discourage further illegal immigration to the United States of America.
- From the reports that I have read, the cost of Illegal Immigration to the United States runs anywhere from $30 billion to well into the 300 billions of dollars. In order to stem the tide of losses to the average American taxpayer, it is necessary that something be done that both allows immigrants to escape the poverty that they currently experience, while allowing our government to appropriate the funds necessary to house them here.
- Current immigrants who took the time to obtain the United States green card will have less complaint because the people who obtain the visa are still going to be required to obtain a green card to take up permanent residence in the United States.
- We will be able to take a small chunk out of the 20% extra that will be deficit spending by the end of FY 2009 (90% of the GDP in deficits is just really scary and needs at least a little boost).
- Migrants will be able to receive their full citizenship while being allowed to work for proper wages here in the United States
- Social Security will be protected because the immigrants cannot take out of the system before it is first paid into.
- There is the possibility that this could instigate a large northern migration from Mexico into the United States where it could outstrip the number of jobs available (we can barely support our own people), but under those circumstances, the immigrants can always return to their country of origin to find work.