US Immigration Reform Plan A Easy

Our immigration policy should be easy to participate in

and easy to manage

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All businesses know that the more complex the process—the more opportunities for mistakes find their way into the product.  There should also be plenty of offices to process applicants so there is no 10-20+ year backlog like the ones that exist for many visas today.

 

What does Easy Mean?

 

  • NO huge applications with difficult to understand language.
  • Many offices to file applications in.
  • No long waits.
  • No retroactive disqualifications.

Disqualifications should occur immediately. Either someone is acceptable for a visa, or they are not. If they are here already and they don’t qualify, send them home. If they are not here yet, don’t let them in.

When-

There are three main time frames our immigration system needs to deal with right now:

1)   People already here- Mandatory participation. Photo- application- DNA sample- held until DNA processed & application approved and ID created. Extra fee for meals & lodging if needed.

2)   Pre-arrival- Just like the passport process, only more detailed. photo-application-DNA sample-  these people will already have been issued an ID card that can be used to identify and track the immigrant.

3)   In the country and Undocumented- These people are already here.  Incarcerate and process into the system. (Anyone caught in the country not in the system one year after it begins is automatically processed (put into the system) then flagged as ineligible and sent home where they must wait one year, before applying again and get into the system.)

Where-

There are many places immigration can be logically thought to be  processed:

  • local government offices;
  • law enforcement offices;
  • passport processing offices;
  • IRS offices. . .

We should talk about the pros & cons regarding each possibility before determining the most convenient, efficient, and financially prudent way to proceed.

How-

This is the area we need to really focus on. I can only give broad strokes here. I don’t claim to know everything about everything, but I do know, at a minimum, our immigration system needs to identify and track the immigrant to ensure homeland security is maintained at the highest level we can aspire to without subjugating an individual’s human rights.  It also needs to be a level playing field where minority or poverty makes participating impossible. The more we exclude groups of people, the more people will not participate and this all will have been for nothing.

We can establish an individual’s identity by sampling their DNA and affixing that code, with fingerprints to a photo ID. This will at the very least establish someone’s ID if they previously have none.

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Some examples of raising the bar too high and hobbling the immigration system to attain mediocre results:

hobbling 5 – 30 year waiting list just to become eligible for a lottery.

This is asinine. How could this possibly benefit our country or our immigrants? This provision is nothing more than the Republicans’ way of trying to punish people who have been trying to work around a system that the legislators themselves have put off for too many years. We should be punishing the congressmen for not doing this sooner, and not the immigrants for having to deal with such a pathetically broken system. Perhaps we should give the Republicans a taste of their own medicine and tell them if this provision stays in the final version of the law that goes to vote, we should vote out of office everyone who supported it. (Democrats included) Let’s see how forgiving they want us to be, when they’re the ones on the hot seat.

Retroactive disqualification.

To disqualify someone because they arrived here on an arbitrary. Again, what does this get us? This will most certainly guarantee a percentage of undocumented immigrants for future complaining of a “failed immigration bill” by the very people who insisted on hobbling it.  Even strict parents know you have to give someone an opportunity to succeed before you can punish them for failing.

Setting a stiff penalty for compliance.  

This will surely keep people who can’t afford the penalty in a position for further abuse and misery.  There are other ways to monetize this program and keep it self-supporting, so this little barrier to entry will weaken the effectiveness of the program, not make it stronger. Haven’t the poor been marginalized enough? Shouldn’t they too have the same opportunities as everyone else?

Making only a few offices where visas can be processed.  

Creating long lines and huge distances to be travelled, income to be lost, children to be looked after. . .  This would surely constrain the effectiveness of the program as well. We need to reduce the excuses for non-participation as possible to ensure the program’s effectiveness. If we do everything we can to ensure everyone can participate, and they still don’t enter the system, then the guilt and repercussions will be all on them.

The consistent theme here has been one of simple human nature: the more difficult something is to comply with, the less people will comply with it. Try it at home, at work—anywhere.

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For an example of difficulty reducing a law’s effectiveness, just look out your window the next time you are in traffic.  Are there single people in the carpool lane? Are there people passing you by, ignoring the speed limit? Do people change lanes or turn without using turn signals? We can barely be expected to obey these few simple laws, yet most of us break them every day. How can we expect anyone to wait 30 years for a green card so they can work, or to ensure their family will not be separated?

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Would you wait?

Number in order of preference (Reality should be your guide)

How often would you (or have you) wash your car if you:

 

  • Had only a hose.
  • Had a hose, bucket, soap, sponge, bug & tar remover, Windex, Amorall, towels, a shammy, and a spray nozzel with 7 different settings.
  • Pay the carwash  $15.00.
  • Make your son do it.
  • Wait ’till next week when you have more time.

 

All of these offer a different degree of difficulty. You can easily see that the easier ones would get the highest usage. This is basic human nature, and we all know it exists. We also know what kind of results we get when we force people to be something they  currently are not doing. Do we want that type of result with our new immigration legislation?

We should demand from our lawmakers a new immigration policy that works to identify ALL of the people in our country. Our current underground class of citizen should not be permitted or assisted to continue like it does today. We are intelligent enough to create a program to do this. We just need our lawmakers to get the old chips off their shoulders and work toward that goal, instead of trying to exact revenge on a class of people who have little going for them as it is.

Next up we discuss the importance of ACCURACY to this process.

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