Liberals use “comprehensive immigration reform” as a code for open borders for future Democrats. Then they interchange the concepts of immigration and illegal immigration and label anyone who doesn't believe in both “racist.”
It's time to turn the tables on the blame America first crowd. Let's lay out an America first comprehensive immigration reform agenda that works. First, a tip of the hat to Donald Trump. Without him none of us would be having this discussion and the rotting out of America from the inside would continue on its bipartisan path. Here goes.
The basic concept is assimilation. The second idea is personal responsibility. The third is sustainability. If you're coming to America you must be committed to assimilation, making it without forcing your neighbors to support you and committing to the long haul.
Let's start at the very beginning.
We speak English. Everyone is going to speak English. If you're not interested in speaking English please find your very own special Tower of Babel in another country. Yes, you can speak Spanish at the bodega or Yiddish at the kosher butcher.
But you will not attain citizenship until you speak English. You will vote in English. You will pay your taxes in English. Your children will be immersed in English on day one.
English is America's gift to our newcomers. And, quite frankly, it worked for my mother, my father, and my wife. It will work for today's immigrants as well.
And speaking of gifts, nothing we do will help newcomers as much as saying “no benefits.” That's right. No food stamps. No Obamacare subsidies. No Obamaphones. No earned income tax credit. Benefits are for citizens. When you earn your citizenship you become eligible.
Of course, there are a few benefits that accrue to everyone in our country, earned or not. Your children will go to school, a benefit of $15,000 per child per year. You will be protected by your local police and fire forces, not to mention the U.S. armed forces.
Most hospitals will accept you for emergency care. But the message is clear: Don't come if you can't work. As for assistance, there are private and ethnic charities; think Salvation Army, Knights of Columbus, and your local church.
If they won't help you you're probably in the wrong country. Try Sweden.
We have a jobs mismatch; too many low skilled, not enough STEM. That's one of the great advantages of being a desirable place to live. You get to pick your immigrants. We need to start picking ours. So let's accept those we need and make it harder for those we don't.
After all, how much more minority unemployment do we want from our existing citizens?
And then let's vet them. We need interviews for everyone. Let the criteria include jobs matches, professed desire to come here, recognition of no federal welfare benefits, and avowed allegiance to our country. If they came her legally and pass the vetting they get a green card. If not they get sent back. The green card is not permanent. It's conditional.
Until the day the immigrant becomes a citizen, he or she is on trial. Bad behavior means revocation of the green card and a one way ticket back.
Not only is vetting important but retroactive vetting is at least as important. Retroactive vetting means going back three years on immigrants admitted, particularly from terrorist friendly areas. Each of these immigrants will be retroactively vetted to see if they are earning their citizenship.
Bad behavior such as criminal activity, anti-American activity or relationships with “bad actors” will result in their loss of legal status. Home they go.
The burden of proof is on the immigrant. No more Boston bombers.
Comprehensive immigration reform begins with assimilation, English, jobs matching, vetting, and retroactive vetting.
Sid Dinerstein is a former chairman of the Palm Beach County Republican Party. He founded JBS Associates, a 600-person financial service company, and currently combines politics and business with Niger Innis in Inclusive Elections LLC, a firm that brings urban electorate voters to the GOP. He is the author of "Adults Only: For Those Who Love Their Country More Than Their Party." For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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