Border Security and Immigration Reform Plan

Fred Thompson unveiled his Immigration and Border security Plan, actually it is more of a basis for a plan rather than a plan itself. Some of the Highlights of the Plan

No Amnesty:   Amnesty undermines U.S. law and policy, rewards bad behavior, and is unfair to the millions of immigrants who follow the law and are awaiting legal entry into the United States.

•       Enforce Existing Federal Laws:  Enforce the laws Congress has already enacted to prevent illegal aliens from unlawfully benefiting from their presence in the country including:

A.      End Sanctuary Cities by cutting off discretionary federal grant funds as appropriate to any community that, by law, ordinance, executive order, or other formal policy directs its public officials not to comply with the provisions of 8 USC 1373 and 8 USC 1644, which prohibit any state or local government from restricting in any way communications with the Department of Homeland Security “regarding the immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of an alien in the United States.”

B.      Deny discretionary Federal education grants as appropriate to public universities that violate federal law by offering in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens without also offering identical benefits to United States citizens, regardless of whether or not they live in the state, as required by 8 USC 1623.

C.      Deny discretionary Federal grants as appropriate to states and local governments that violate federal law by offering public benefits to illegal aliens, as prohibited by 8 USC 1621(a).

•       Increased Border Security: Doubling Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents handling interior enforcement, increasing the Border Patrol to at least 25,000 agents, and increasing detention space to incarcerate illegal aliens we arrest rather than letting them go with a promise to show up later for legal proceedings against them.

•       Attrition through Enforcement:  Reduce the number of illegal aliens through increased enforcement against unauthorized alien workers and their employers.  Without illegal employment opportunities available, fewer illegal aliens will attempt to enter the country, and many of those illegally in the country now likely will return home.  This course of action offers a reasonable alternative to the false choices currently proposed to deal with the 12 million or more aliens already in the U.S. illegally: either arrest and deport them all, or give them all amnesty.

•       Maximize Legal Immigration Program Efficiency:  Reduce the backlogs and streamline the process for immigrants and employers who seek to follow the law.  Also, simplify and expedite the application processes for temporary visas.  Caps for any category of temporary work visa would be increased as appropriate, if it could be demonstrated that there are no Americans capable and willing to do the jobs.

•       Modernize Immigration Law/Policy:  Change the nature of our legal immigration system to welcome immigrants who can be economic contributors to our country and are willing to learn the English language and reduce the scope of chain migration by giving family preference in the allocation of lawful permanent resident status only to spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens, and no one else (no siblings, no parents, no adult children, etc.).

•       English as Official Language:  Make English the official language of the U.S. to promote assimilation and legal immigrants’ success, and require English proficiency in order for any foreign person to be granted lawful permanent resident status.

•       Preference for American Military Service:  Place those foreign persons who are lawfully present in the country and who serve honorably in the Armed Forces of the United States on a faster, surer track to U.S. citizenship.

I am glad to see that included in his plan is increasing efficiency and streamlining of the process to immigrate here legally. Too many people trying to follow the law have been caught up in the bureaucratic nightmare that plagues our immigration system.

Captain’s Quarters mentions some of the problems he sees with the plan. Specifically the Attrition portion of the plan. We have anywhere between 12 and 20 Million people in the country illegally.. We have essentially three choices of what we can do here… Mass deportations… Amnesty… or Attrition.. 

Mass Deportation of 12 – 20 Million folks in a relatively short period of time is neither realistic nor practical.  

Amnesty is a non starter.

Attrition, meaning increasing pressure on illegals and employers, through improved enforcement is the only feasible option.    

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  1. kip

    The only part of that plan that makes any sense is giving a fast-track to those in the military.

  2. Kip, I got to disagree with you here. Ending sanctuary cities, enforcing the laws as they currently exist without providing Amnesty, Increasing our Border Security, improving our immigration system as a whole… What about the plan do you not agree with?

    Thanks for your comment


  3. It is a great start and miles ahead of Guiliani who says we should immediately deport illegals who commit felonies.. (scratches head..) isn’t illegal entry illegal???? Make that a felony and then Guiliani might have something.

    This is the democrats achilles heel and they know it – if Thompson seizes this issue and makes headway – he will not only get the nomination he will defeat Hillary.

    Two parts about this 3 in 4 Americans agree with –
    —no amnesty
    —no entitlements

    Both of which an able campaigner can demonstrate that democrat plans are on the wrong side…

    Immigration is key because it is both a national security issue and a social programs issue. Foreign policy and domestic policy form a nexus on this topic and Americans don’t like the result.

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