The USA is and has always been a country of immigrants. The Modern Whig Party understands the dual responsibility of securing our borders while also dealing realistically with those illegal immigrants already in the country. We propose the following: offer illegal immigrants the opportunity for citizenship if they join the military and serve out their initial contractual term honorably.In addition, I'd propose the following:
Illegal immigrants will not be entitled to jobs that require security clearances, but will be eligible for the GI Bill, Tricare and all other benefits afforded to US service members who serve honorably. This program also will include a background check and English-language classes if necessary. In this manner, any illegal immigrant ranging in age from 18 to 42 will receive job skills and educational benefits while they earn their citizenship for themselves and their immediate family members in defense of our country.
- We need two temporary worker programs, one for agricultural workers, the other for everything else, each with a limited number of openings. For the second program, for the first year of the program, we only accept those who are already here, who've been steadily employed for 3+ months, or since the start of the program, whichever is longer, and who have no criminal record. After that, applicants must pass a criminal background check and apply at a U.S. embassy.
- Make the E-Verify system universally available (which it may already be). Then go after those who continue to hire illegals. Fine employers something like $1,000 per illegal employee per day employed.
- Reinterpret the 14th Amendment's "subject to the jurisdiction thereof" to align with U.S. v. Wong Kim Ark's "permanent domicil and residence in the United States, and are there carrying on business, and are not employed in any diplomatic or official capacity [by a foreign government]" as part of the test for birthright citizenship. Since illegals cannot, by definition, have a "permanent domicil and residence in the United States", being subject to deportation upon discovery, their children, as well as the children of tourists, would not be citizens. Same for temporary workers. That may take a Constitutional amendment.
And, of course, English should be the official language for all government business. If nothing else, that will avoid the problem of which translation is the correct one.
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