Immigration

I support a five-point plan on immigration reform, as follows:

a.  Eliminate the automatic citizenship granted to children born in the United States, such that if both parents are not citizens at the time of the birth, the child is not a citizen.  This can be done legislatively, or even through regulation, rather than through any formal modification of Section 1 of the 14th Amendment.

b.  Enforce border security, at the borders.

c.  Facilitate the citizenship of resident illegal aliens who have been paying taxes on their earnings and contributing to their communities for a certain period of time, and who seek citizenship.   This option, as with existing citizenship programs as a result of military enlistment, is aimed at avoiding the separation of families who are de facto American citizens.

d.  End Medicare and other federal funding insurance reimbursement programs for illegal aliens.

e.  Enhance the ability of employers to hire seasonal and long-term workers by overhauling the complicated and burdensome H-1B visa program, and related burdensome employer programs that drive employers to purposely or unintentionally falsify information, and take advantage of undocumented workers.

In dealing with immigration concerns, it is important to remember that the unsuccessful and expensive “war on drugs” since the 1970s and the changing economic situation over time in the United States are factors that impact the perception of illegal immigration.  Constitutional rights are not just for citizens, but all people in this country, and this idea of the value of the individual – not just someone attached to or recognized by a state apparatus or king – is a value held by the founders, and it makes us unique among countries around the world.