4 main tenants of a bi-partisan Immigration plan

4 main tenants of a bi-partisan Immigration plan

A New Congress, a New Approach?

–A “tough but fair” path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants already living in the United States, and bolstering the nation’s border security.

–Overhauling the country’s legal immigration system, including attaching green cards to advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, or math from U.S. universities.

–Establishing an employment verification system that holds employers accountable for hiring undocumented workers.

–Creating a guest worker program for positions that Americans are either unable or unwilling to fill.

The above are the 4 main tenants of a bi-partisan Immigration plan.  The 112th Congress couldn’t agree on anything.  Is this a portent of the future, or simply an issue both sides were forced to agree upon?  For now I’m going to be a ‘cockeyed-optimist, and hope the 113th Congress will be better.

Polls show the majority of Americans favor all 4 positions.  Immigrants are expecting action.  Democrats and Republicans alike knew something had to be done, and quickly.

Radicals who shouted that they wanted all 12 million plus illegal immigrants deported were not living in the real world.  Many of those living in our country illegally are an asset to the country.  They’re guilty of only one thing, the same thing that brought immigrants to Ellis Island.  They want a better life for themselves and their families.  But, it must be controlled.  The United States must not be a safe haven for those who wish to harm or destroy our country from within.  If a citizen of another nation wishes to be an American, they must prove that their loyalty is to the United States first, and not the country of their birth.

Working in the casinos in northern Nevada, I was privileged to labor next to men and women from many countries.  They were proud of their new country, and were proud of the effort it took to attain citizenship.

Ronald Reagan began immigration reform with laws that would punish employers who knowingly hired illegal immigrants.  But the laws were in some cases unenforceable, or not enforced by choice.  Nothing that was effective has been done since that time.

I encourage you to let your Congressmen and Senators know you support sensible immigration reform.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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