2018C3 wrote:My thoughts on how to effectively control the border, and a pathway to citizenship.
I would like for the government to issue work permits to non US citizens and to also simplify the process in acquiring a permit. Then the Government could control immigration by strictly enforcing laws and subjecting the employers and business owners with large fines who are caught hiring people who do not have permits.
This would be a easy way to both allow and control the flow of immigration. If you don't have a permit, you cant work. If a immigrant on a work permit gets convicted of a felony before they become a US citizen, sorry but you lost your chance at citizenship.
I'm not for kicking existing law abiding productive people out of the country who have been working here, and as a compromise would let any non US citizen who is already in the country with out a violent past stay and receive a work permit.
With a system like this, After a work permit is issued people from all over the world could then legally live here and have a pathway to establishing US citizenship for law abiding immigrants. The more good people we have working here, the stronger this country will be.
I think some of these laws are already in place, they are just not being enforced. If you want a system like this to work, you have go after the employers who are sneaking by and short changing non US citizens with lower wages. The amount of immigration could simply be controlled by the amount of work permits that get issued each year depending on the yearly workforce needs.
That's a good plan. The one catch is that employers won't hire someone unless they are already here. So people would still be trying to enter illegally, then hope to get a job once here. But you are correct in that if they went after employers, it would stop the hiring of illegal workers very quickly. It's something they could be doing now, but there is not the political will to do this (fortunately, IMO). So right now, it's kind of a wink-wink system. The govt. knows companies are using illegal workers, employers know that they are hiring illegal workers, but because businesses need those workers, all parties concerned just look the other way when it comes to enforcement.
Having an above board way for immigrants to be granted some sort of legal status would be the best solution all around, were it not for the anti-immigrant sentiment shared by so many in this country, and exploited by politicians to win favor (see Donald Trump).