President’s 5 step immigration reform.
1. The United States must secure its borders
2. Create a temporary worker program.
3. Hold employers to account for the workers they hire
4. Illegal immigrants are already here and they should not be given an automatic path to citizenship. They should pay a meaningful penalty, pay their taxes, learn English, and work in a job for a number of years. Only then, apply for citizenship — but approval would not be automatic, and they will be in line behind those who followed the law.
5. The success of our country depends upon helping newcomers assimilate into our society, and embrace our common identity as Americans.
I think this is basically a good plan. How this is accomplished is another matter, but I think that this is a good target.
Here are my 5 cautions for this plan:
1. We won’t do an adequate job of physically securing the border. Where there is a will there is a way.
2. We already have a “guest worker” program in the way of temporary work visas. Will we enforce overstaying “guest workers” any better than those working under a visa?
3. Some say a law without police is only a guideline. Even though we have had a law for more than a decade, it has really been only a guideline. My caution is the flaws in the system. States issue ID’s without verifying legal status to work. The Federal law has employers using state ID as verification of legal status. The federal government must fix this by requiring states to verify legal status before issuing ID and all types of licenses.
4. My only caution here is that we deal with children of illegals. I think children of illegals should be illegal until parents gain citizenship. Being born on US soil does not currently always guarantee citizenship. There are exceptions in diplomatic circles. I think this also should be an exception.
5. My last caution is that we have had our pride as Americans broken by liberals who no longer have enough pride as Americans to demand that immigrants assimilate into our society. Canadians struggle daily in a nation divided between French and British cultures. Quebec regularly speaks of succession. The number of Mexican’s in the US demands that they assimilate or we will become a divided nation.
Abe Lincoln paraphrased Christ when he said “A house divided against itself cannot stand,” So choose your hero, but the message is the same.
America will fail as a nation, if we don’t stand together as Americans first, ahead of race, or native culture.
(Mat 12:25) But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, He said to them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to ruin. And every city or house divided against itself will not stand.