Reasonable Steps to Improve Immigration

Reasonable Steps to Improve Immigration

While the United States welcomes and encourages immigration we must accept the fact that illegal immigration is an issue in our country today.  Elected officials have identified this issue for decades but have not implemented any solution.   As the ideological extremes put forth impractical solutions such as abolish ICE or build a 2,000 mile wall, our country deserves an improved immigration system. 

Immigration is good for our country.  There is no doubt to this.  At the same time Illegal immigration is not.  The problem simply put is that too many people are attempting to cross our border illegally.  From a logical standpoint there are two ways to reduce illegal immigration.  First, improve the legal immigration process and second reduce the number of people crossing the border illegally.  Addressing these two components will funnel more people that desire to enter our country to do so as legal immigrants.

Increasing legal immigration requires revamping the legal immigration process; this is long overdue.  Enhancements to the process for people coming into our country should take four factors into consideration:

1.       They obey our law

2.       They are willing to work

3.       They respect our Constitution and our culture

4.       They pay taxes

Using the above criteria implementing solutions would include new laws, reducing the duration to becoming a green card holder, and requiring employers to benefit from a stabilized workforce.  If people coming to our country decide not to follow the above criteria then they would be sent back to their country of origin.

To reduce the number of people crossing the border illegally our enforcement efforts should be concentrated on the major contributors of illegal immigration – drug trafficking, human trafficking, and terrorist infiltration.  To tackle these we should follow the age old adage, follow the money.  The money in this case is known as Remittances.  Remittances are a portion of migrant workers and immigrants earnings being sent to their families in their country of origin.  Remittances from the United States amounted to $56.3 Billion in 2015.  These included formal or informal channels.  Since the September 11th terrorist attacks, the informal money transfers are believed to be the primary methods that terrorist organizations and drug cartels receive funding.

Concentration by law enforcement on the informal methods of remittances would reduce the funding and ultimately reduce the number of illegal immigrants crossing the border. 

As the far right and far left make propositions that ramp up people’s emotions, their proposals will not solve the problem at hand.  Immigration policy is another area where Democratic and Republican lawmakers seem more interested in opposing each other rather than finding common ground to solve the issue. If they truly had compassion for either immigrants or American citizens, they’d work together to implement solutions that address the legitimate concerns of people.

Complete elimination of illegal immigration is not a realistic goal but reducing and limiting illegal immigration as much as possible is obtainable.  Realistic solutions to reposition our country include improvements to our legal process which are based upon agreed criteria and law enforcement focus on the major causes to illegal immigration.  The people of the United States demand and deserve a reasonable solution to this problem.

 

Credibility matters.

Leadership is needed.

Kevin Kimple is not just another option, he is offering a solution.

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Posted on 21 Jul 2018, 8:30 - Category: Political Comment

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