Sunday, November 27, 2011

Gingrich's Plan For Immigration

"If you've come here recently, you have no ties to this country, you ought to go home, period," Gingrich said. "If you've been here 25 years and you got three kids and two grandkids, you've been paying taxes and obeying the law, you belong to a local church, I don't think we're going to separate you from your family, uproot you forcefully and kick you out."  This quote coming from Gingrich on Tuesday night's national security debate.  Gingrich on his site outlines a ten point plan involving how he would deal with illegal immigration should he become President.  These ten points rely on a few principals.  First, no plan can be "comprehensive."  Gingrich logic in this principal lies in his opinion that no "comprehensive" approach to immigration has been successful with neither President Bush or Obama.  Moreover, this plan must be done in a process of many steps.  The second principal regarding the ten step plan prioritizes the rights of those who wish to become citizens and have waited patiently without attempting to come in illegally.  Gingrich's rationale in this principal is that those who have taken legal steps to becoming citizens should be prioritized and in no way overstepped by a plan to grant immunity to those who have entered the country illegally.  The third and final principal outlining the ten step plan establishes that those illegals who have deep ties to the country (families, community relations, and time) should have a chance towards "legality but not citizenship," while those illegals who recently entered the country along with those who have committed criminal acts should be deported immediately.  With these three principals in mind, Gingrich's ten step plan is as follows:

  1.   Control The Border
  2. Create A 21st Century Visa Program
  3. "In Source" The Best Brains In The World
  4.  Allow foreigners who want to spend money, invest money, and create jobs, to do so.  
  5. There has to be a legal guest worker program, but its management must be outsourced to a sophisticated manager of anti-fraud systems such as American Express, Visa, or Mastercard.   
  6. Create a path to earned legality for the millions who have lived here outside of the law.
  7. Deportation of criminals and gang members should be efficient and fast.
  8. Ensure that every new citizen and every young American learn American history and the fundamentals of American Exceptionalism.  
  9. English must be the official language of government.  
  10. Young non-citizens who came to the country outside of the law should have the same right to join the military and earn citizenship.
Granted that this ten point plan may be efficient if enacted, I believe on several notes, this plan may be too idealistic.  FIrst, in terms of a legal guest worker program, I believe that management by an entity such as American Express will be helpful but not strong enough to tackle the issue of working visas that expire and return home without the owners.  Perhaps a better solution may be similar to how tax payers have to answer to the I.R.S.  Every company who employs visiting workers should be subject to a serious audit quarterly to ensure accountability for those who work for a U.S. company with a working visa.  Second, if every new citizen learns correct and accurate American history, they will hear that the country was founded on immigration.  Telling a foreigner our countries history is necessary but not sufficient to tackling the problem of illegals.  Finally, the military should be ambivalent about giving illegal immigrants opportunity in the military simply for the fact that if those individuals were okay with defying the security and laws of our country to enter illegally, then why should those individuals be trusted with military equipment, information, and etc.?  On some level, I am pickin' up what you're puttin' down Newt, I just think you may have caught a minor case of the "too good to be true blues."

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