Immigration Bill - Dealing With Malcontents

In dealing with the immigration issue, one needs to deal with a plethora of malcontents. The "Grand Compromise" is not enough for them. Everybody had their own ideas about perfection.

In dealing with right wing objections to the "Grand Compromise" I have sought out the opinion of Bill O'Reilly, who I consider to at least be a reasonable right wing kind of guy. At least this man has come up with a plan (which proponents of the "Grand Compromise" have asked for) which is worthy of consideration.

Here I will attempt to take into consideration Bill O'Reilly's "Four Point Plan". I am going to weigh this plan seriously.

Point one:
1) secure the southern border with 700, not 300 miles of barrier, double the border patrol and back them up with 10,000 National Guards people. That would effectively shut down human and drug smuggling from Mexico.

We can put up a fence along all the dry land along the Mexican border and it will only marginally help. Will we then also put up a fence along all the borders of the United States that fall on the seas? Bill wants 10,000 National Guards people to man the fences. My estimation is that this is not going to be enough. Even if the dry land border fences are made impregnable, we will be dealing with enforcing the sea boundaries of our great nation. Who's going to pay for all this manpower? 10,000 National Guards people would be expensive enough, but just how expensive is it going to be to pay National Guards people to survey every inch of our borders?

My answer? Well I am going to get to that. The answer lies in Bill's point number three.

Point two:
2) require all illegal aliens in the country right now to register at the post office with Homeland Security. After registering, they would be given a tamper proof ID card, designating their status and their right to work temporarily in the USA. If the illegal aliens do not register, it's a criminal felony. Right now sneaking across the border is a civil action. Remember that. Subjecting the person to immediate deportation or jail time. The criminal penalty goes way up.

OK, we'll use the post office as a point for registration. However my concerns are about how long the lines will be at the post office! Should the "average citizen" be forced to wait in lines numbering the hundreds of people in order to only buy stamps? But... those registering do need to be pointed to somewhere generally available to register. Since there are post offices in every nook and cranny of our nation, the post office would seem to well serve as this point of registration. However, this special event should not undermine the ability of the post office to conduct business as usual. The post office might need special funding to deal with this one time event and who is going to pay for it?

Point 3:
3) Any business that hires an illegal worker who doesn't have a tamper proof ID card faces draconian fines and possible prison time for the executives.

OK, now it is time for applause. If we control the demand, the supply will follow this demand. Some things need to be worked out, because I do not believe that anything like a "tamper proof ID card" exists. Even if such a thing existed, it is going to be a hard sell to convince every American citizen they must carry such an ID card (or would only hispanic citizens be required to have this card?). However here is the real meat. Stop the employers from hiring the illegals at substandard wages and you limit the demand. Make it more risky to the bottom line of the businessman (with the possibility of real jail time) and the businessman is going to stop hiring the illegals because it is unprofitable to do it.

Point 4:
4) Each illegal alien would have his case reviewed by federal authorities. And they would decide who would receive a Z-visa to stay and who would not. That takes the blanket amnesty, something many American hate, off the table. It also allows the feds to make rational decisions about who's helping America and who

Come on now! We're going to come up with a new bureaucracy bureaucracy to examine the record of each prospective new citizen? Doesn't the current bureaucracy already serve the purpose? Must we come up with something new? How about George Dubyah Bush's method of examining the records of those who are confined at Gitmo? He can't even get those who are trying to destroy us honored as such through the courts and you would try to dream up a new court system for the illegals? Who's going to pay for this black hole of federal funding to prosecute the results?

All in all, I like point 3. When we remove the motivation for the flood, the flood will stop. As long as we American citizens continue to tolerate the employer of the illegal immigrants, the flood of illegal immigrants will continue. There is not enough room in our prisons for all of the illegals. However, we can find enough room for the employers.


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