Sunday, April 09, 2006
Thoughts on Immigration Reform
Since we as Americans have supported legislation backing the notion of free trade within North America, my thinking extends exclusively to folks from this origin which includes Central American countries (e.g. Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaraqua, etc), the Caribbean countries (e.g. Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, Antigua, etc) and of course Mexico which should get special consideration since they border us.
If I were not only President of the United States and crowned as worshipful master and illustrious potentate, I would allow folks from the above to work and live freely in the United States under the following circumstances:
- They register as a non-citizen worker before entry.
- They must pass a credible (aka no paying off local police who take bribes) criminal background check before entry.
- They receive a non-citizen passport issued by the U.S. before entry. They of course would be allowed to retain the passport of their home country.
- They must obtain a U.S. based bank account. This will also be monitored for a minimum monthly balance.
- They must obtain a U.S. drivers license in order to drive in the U.S.
- They must not vote in Federal, State or local elections nor would it be ever legal for them to do so.
- They must not apply for or receive welfare.
- Their children may attend schools of their choice including taxpayer paid public schools.
- They may use public healthcare facilities as long as they pay the medical bills within one year.
- They must not commit any crime with the sole exception of the ones that I don't really believe are wrong. Remember I am King of the United States.
- They do not have to pay taxes on the first $35,000 of income per family per year. Above this amount they agree to also pay an additional 2% defense tax to support our troops who defend their rights to be here in the first place and live in a free society..
- They must return to their home country if they are unemployed for more than six months (stay at home mothers/fathers exempt if spouse is working).
The main problem is that there aren't enough penalties for employers who hire illegal immigrants. So I propose the following:
- Make it a felony for the President of a company (mandatory jail time) for employing a non-registered worker. Since SoX didn't quite have the right effect, maybe this will.
- Public companies would have to clearly state in their annual reports, the ratio of US Citizens to Non-citizens it hires.
- Employers would be personally responsible for all costs associated with unpaid medical bills and expenses associated with deportation including flying the person and their family back to their home country on a bankrupt airline via first class.
- Private companies would have to periodically at their own expense also publish the ratio of US Citizens to non-citizens in newspapers within the communities they serve.
- The direct hiring manager upon being caught hiring illegals would be subject to a personal fine of $10,000 payable out of their own pocket in which the company could never reimburse them.
Now for the all the exception to the rules...
- I am of the belief that we have too many illegal immigrants from the following countries:
- Dominican Republic
- Folks from the following countries also should not be allowed to participate:
- Former Soviet Union Countries
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