As everyone knows, the United States has been facing a serious illegal immigration problem, especially in states such as Arizona, which has a long,
virtually unprotected border with Mexico.
If nothing is done now, I am afraid that the United States will begin to lose its identity in the near future, on top of everything else relevant to
this problem and its adverse consequences.
I believe that enforcing the border is essential. Many nations of the world have stringent border policies and enforcement.
Tall walls such as the ones separating Israeli settlements and the Palestinian areas in Israel may not be realistic and may not be the answer, but
something must be done to defend our borders besides just increasing the number of border patrols.
What about those estimated 12 million illegals who are here already?
Indeed this is a big problem. It may be logistically impossible to deport them en masse.
What should be done to these people?
Here is my suggestion:
Those who can prove that they have been here for 20 years or more and can prove it with documentation, should be made eligible for citizenship (only
upon request) or for Permanent Residency status provided that they pass a background check, pay back taxes, pay a special penalty and get a
certificate of completion from an E.S.L. (English as a foreign language school).
Those who can prove that they have been here for 5 years or more (but less than 20 years) with documentation, should not be made eligible for U.S.
citizenship but should be made eligible only for a Permanent Residency status, provided that they also pass a background check, pay back taxes, pay a
special penalty and get a certification from an E.S.L. school.
For those who have been here less than 5 years, the only recourse will be to voluntarily return to their point of origin.
Will they leave?
They will eventually leave if they cannot find jobs here.
In order to do this, the U.S. must enforce the law that penalizes the hiring of illegals, i.e., those who do not possess the U.S. citizenship or
Permanent Residency status or Work Visas.
Here is my suggestion:
The U.S. must also begin to consider giving each U.S. citizen a tamper-proof U.S. National Identity card. Many nations of the world already require
their citizens to carry national ID cards with them at all times.
This may sound very Orwellian, but I believe that it has to be done.
We all carry Driver's License at all times. Driver's licenses, however, are issued by each State, and not by the Federal government. We need a
Federally issued U.S. National ID card, just like a U.S. passport.
Another ID card will not be such a burden to carry at all times.
In the future, even some type of Biometric ID system may come into the picture, like it or not.
We are already living in a world without much privacy, anyway.
This may not prevent all crimes or stop terrorism, but it will be a first step to curtail them.