Time is Short. We Need a Fair Immigration Plan
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We need a fair immigration plan.
The purpose of our immigration system is to safeguard America’s national security and to promote our economic interests. Decades of misguided policies and a failure to enforce immigration laws has left the system broken and American families vulnerable.
For any reform effort to be effective and equitable, it must include the following core principles: secure the borders, reduce legal immigration, strengthen interior law enforcement and protect American workers.
Recent polling shows the American people support these initiatives, but we need you to tell Congress it is time for them to get to work to pass a fair immigration reform plan.
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What Makes an Immigration Plan Fair?
REDUCES LEVELS OF LEGAL IMMIGRATION
On an annual basis, one million immigrants are accepted into the U.S. through a myriad of paths. According to the 2016 Current Population Survey (CPS), 84.3 million immigrants and their U.S. born children reside in the United States. Reducing and then stabilizing the nation’s immigration levels will relieve pressure on the labor market and stem the population growth which has negative impact on the environment and our natural resources.
A fair plan would reduce overall immigration to about 300,000 legal immigrants per year, permit nuclear family reunification, while replacing the dangerous visa lottery system with a merit-based program.
Most importantly, we must end chain migration and reestablish a system that favors nuclear family and attracts an educated, skilled class of individuals who will further the United States’ cultural and economic priorities.
Breaking the chain of unlimited family members will result in a more efficient, manageable system that is agile enough to respond to future labor needs and will relieve the downward pressure on wages caused by an influx of low-skilled workers. Lastly, restoring order to the process will make it possible to clear the long waiting list of extended family members that chain migration has created.
SECURES THE BORDER
The best approach to achieving this goal is incorporating various approaches and enforcement measures, including funding the construction of a wall and other physical/virtual barriers. Congress and the Administration should ensure the budget includes adequate resources to hire and train more Border Patrol officers.
To close the loopholes along our Southern border, approval must be given to President Trump’s plans to build a border wall system to prevent and deter illegal immigrants from crossing into the country.
Until the border is secured, Americans will remain under threat from foreign terrorists, as well as illegal aliens, gang, drug smugglers and human traffickers.
STRENGTHENS INTERIOR ENFORCEMENT
Our immigration system cannot work for all Americans without strict enforcement of U.S. immigration laws and adequate support for the agencies which enforce those laws.
In addition to increase funds for law enforcement, it is imperative to end so-called “catch and release” policies, which allow illegal aliens to be released while they await a deportation hearing.
Additionally, no state or municipality should be permitted to disregard Federal immigration law by adopting sanctuary policies which give shelter to illegal immigrants and criminal aliens. If needed, allow for the prosecution of elected officials who blatantly ignore their duty to uphold the law.
PROTECTS THE AMERICAN WORKFORCE
Today, there are an estimated 12.5 million illegal aliens in the U.S. and more entering or staying in the U.S. unlawfully every day. Combined with more than 1.2 million foreign workers with employment authorization, the competition in the labor market is increasing dramatically.
Legislation must include enforceable solutions that will help mitigate the effects of illegal immigration on the workforce and economy, including requiring employers to use E-Verify to ensure only eligible applicants are considered for work.
As Congress continues to debate various legislative proposals to reform the immigration system, each should be examined and evaluated with those four principles in mind.