Friday, May 26, 2006

My Immigration Plan

I'm not satisfied with any of the proposals being debated in Congress. My two main objections: the path to citizenship for illegals and a failure to punish illegals by withholding some federal benefits. So here's what I want:

  1. Illegals should be allowed to stay in the U.S. upon registering with the ICE, however, they should be barred from ever gaining citizenship or holding federal-elective office. They should live out the rest of their lives as permanent residents. I do not want them voting or holding federal office in this country.
  2. They should pay a fine equal to the cost of deporting them were they not to pay said fine. This fine can be paid over a course of 5-10 years with a wage garnishing plan.
  3. I want illegals to forfeit ALL Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security benefits they have paid into using falsified documents. Those monies were withheld under false pretenses and should not be held in trust to reward illegal entry. That money should instead benefit legal immigrants and citizens. This provision does NOT apply, however, to illegals who will have met my first and second conditions as listed above.
  4. A federal law barring financial aid to any state university that grants in-state tuition to illegal immigrants.
These measures seem fair to me and rather center-of-the-road. No foolish attempts at mass deportation. No demonization of hard-working men and women who entered this country for laudable reasons. But on the same token they will pay an appropriate penalty for the privilege of staying in a country they illegally entered (or overstayed visas to remain in).