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Latino Activist: Conservatives Must Lead on Immigration Reform

By    |   Thursday, 21 May 2015 08:02 PM

Conservatives must take the lead on immigration reform, and that is why he has introduced a five-point plan to guide Congress to do just that, Alfonso Aguilar, executive director of the Latino Partnership at American Principles and former chief at the U.S. Office of Citizenship, told Newsmax TV. 

Appearing Thursday on "Newsmax Prime," Aguilar said his plan includes more double-layer fencing on the border with Mexico, mandating E-Verify to ensure workers are in the country legally, creating an exit registry to identify those who have overstayed their visas, creating a market-based guest-worker program and then proceed with a legalization program that is not a path to citizenship.

The last two can be accomplished only after President Barack Obama leaves office, he said.

"We can't work with this president," Aguilar said. "He's not trustworthy."

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement has no clue who's overstaying their visas, he said.

"By having an extra registry they can identify those who have overstayers, detain them, and remove them from the country."

Former Immigration and Naturalization Services officer Michael Cutler, also appearing on the program, disagreed with some of Aguilar's arguments, saying that there are no provisions in his plan to hire the tens of thousands of agents needed to enforce his proposals.

"Speed limits don't matter if you don't have cops out there with … radar detectors," Cutler said. "No. 2, I saw in your literature that this is about the Latino voter, Latino citizens and Latino Americans. … We're admitting more people from China legally than from Latin America. This shouldn't be about race, religion, ethnicity."

Aguilar said that his plan is simply a "framework," and doesn't attempt to deal with every detail of immigration reform.

"We've got to do what's consistent with the 9/11 Commission's findings and recommendations," Cutler responded. "They just found the 9/11 Commission report in bin Laden's hideout along with, believe it or not, an application for citizenship."

There is no way to screen unknown millions of people who have snuck into the country illegally, Cutler said.

"We admit more than 1 million lawful immigrants every year, unemployment rates are off the chart," he said. "Bringing in more workers than the number of jobs we're creating is catastrophic, and then you need to look at the remittances, the money being wired out of the United States by an ever-increasing number of foreign workers."

Aguilar disagreed, saying that immigration actually helps create more good paying jobs for Americans.

"Immigrants actually complement the skills of American workers," he said.

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