America longer has a mostly agricultural, low skilled economy as it did in the 19th or early 20th century. Today, we need skilled and educate immigrants that can enhance the economy and assimilate into society.
President Trump has proposed a plan for what America needs: a "merit-based" immigration system compliments the "rule of law" and gets rid of the loopholes and outdated laws currently on the books.
America needs educated and skilled workers, and less emphasis on family ties. Currently, approximately 12 percent of immigrants are admitted based on employment and skills, while 66 percent are admitted based on family connections.
Under the new plan, skilled workers admitted would shift to 57 %, and immigrants admitted based on family connections would drop to 33 %.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham from South Carolina on Wednesday, May 15, announced a proposed bill that would end asylum claims from Central America at the border and return unaccompanied minors to their home countries. This proposed legislation is precisely what is needed to stop the current immigration crisis.
The proposed bill would end asylum claims by Central Americans with children at the U.S. border, and require that they apply at refugee processing centers set up in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador (known as the Northern Triangle) and in Mexico. People from these countries are overwhelming the immigration system by crossing into the U.S. and claiming asylum, being assigning a court date for their hearing on the claim, and then most disappear and never show up for their interview. These “migrants” then become illegal aliens in America.
The Pentagon announced on Wednesday, May 8, that it has enough funding to build 256 more miles of border wall soon, and will start construction at a rate of about a half mile a day over the next six months. The wall will help slow the tide of illegal immigration, but it brought immediate condemnation from Democrats and pro-open borders advocates.
Democrats in Congress are arguing it could violate America’s long-standing separation of the military and law enforcement. However, they ignore that this is more than local law enforcement; this is about securing the national border and controlling the illegal entry of foreigners.
According to a U.S. Dept. of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) pilot program, 87.5 % of the illegal alien families apprehended and given a court date have failed to appear at their hearing.
Court dates for asylum hearings are one of the worst loopholes in the immigration system. “Family units” (many of them fake families) that cross the border illegally, fail to appear in court afterward, according to the pilot program meant to track family unit immigration cases.
ICE has already released 168,000 illegal immigrant family members into the U.S. this fiscal year, and the number is likely to surge as the border situation deteriorates, a top deportation official told Congress on Wednesday, May 8.
These illegal aliens should lose their eligibility to ever get legal residence or citizenship, and they should be permanently removed from the U.S. Only by punishing illegal aliens that break immigration laws, twice in this case, will these “families” be discouraged from avoiding or ignoring their court dates and violating immigration laws.
America must stop excusing and rewarding any and all illegal immigration regardless of age and circumstance. Illegal immigration must be punished.
CBS’ “60 Minutes” show did a report on the border on Sunday, April 27, and the New York Times did a piece about the “border crisis”, so it appears some liberals made be waking up to the problems on the border. However, conservatives need to have a reality check on illegal immigration and border security, because even if the border is secured today and all illegal immigration ended, what about the rest of the problem? Or have we lost America already?
- What about the Illegal aliens already here? Will they be rounded up and deported?
- What about the illegal alien children with “families”? Will DACA apply to them and their families? Will they receive a new special amnesty?