Border security has a surprisingly simple solution which JUST HAPPENS to coincide with God's immigration policy.
One answer I don't get to this question is "You propose a solution? I'd love to hear it!"
I'm not sure why. Is it that we have been struggling with this issue so long that the very suggestion that there might actually be a simple solution sounds vaguely like heresy?
No doubt a few oppose solutions because they like to watch a good fight. They like to sit down with beer and popcorn and yell for their favorite team, their faces painted the appropriate colors, their voices parroting the slogans of cheerleaders.
But if your heart is broken, like mine, for every bone broken down on the field, I want to tell you about a Referee's Whistle able to stop the game. But it is a big whistle, requiring several of us blowing it.
THE SECURITY PROBLEM. Do we want our 12+ million unadmitted residents ("illegal aliens") to come out of the shadows and sign in with the USCIS, instantly removing the enormous "haystack" in which the "needle" of terrorists, drug runners, and rapists/murderers currently hide?
Do we want 500 trying to cross our southern border illegally instead of 500,000?
In other words, do we want the ability to do thorough background checks on all immigrants so we can easily catch all the bad guys?
Simple. Just give them a line where they can sign up.
We demand, "Get in line like everybody else", and then we set "numerical limitations" that shut out over 99% of unadmitted residents from our line, without counting new immigrants trying to come. "Refugees", so classified because of turbulent home countries, are not subject to quotas, although they face screenings by immigration bureaucrats that shut the door on all but the healthiest and smartest. Parents and children of citizens are not subject to quotas. (Siblings and spouses don't count.)
For all others, the only line, basically, which our messed up laws provide, is to cross the dangerous border as your contractions begin, head for a free emergency room, give birth to a U.S. Citizen, and then apply for citizenship as the child's mother. (See "Get in WHAT Line?") Or sneak across, find work, find someone to marry, have a child, and then apply for citizenship as the child's parent.
We just aren't enough of a police state to actually catch 12+ million workers. Yet. But if a line turns them from a haystack into informants, the USCIS can catch the few thousand violent criminals hiding among them, even with a cheaper fence and staff cuts. USCIS morale would rise because (1) it is hard for an agent to be severe with people whose only crime is getting a good job. Having to be severe only with bad guys will elevate morale, prestige, and cooperation; (2) they will no longer find themselves ostracized by churches and charities; (3) cities and states will no longer pass laws against bureaucrats or police helping USCIS agents (called "sanctuary" laws) .
Examples of Criteria. Points can be awarded for the following. A failing score can mean deportation; the highest passing score gets processed first. This would create a powerful incentive to "assimilate" well, providing us the highest quality immigrants we could ask.
1. Learn English, as measured by machine gradable tests given in English. (Which would be impossible to cheat on; a cheat sheet with the answers is useless if you can't read the questions.)
2. Learn how our freedom works: what keeps us free and prosperous, compared with other nations with equal resources. Also measurable by machine gradable tests given in English.
3. Learn about our government, and how to participate in it. Also measurable by machine gradable tests in English.
4. Stay out of jail for "real" crimes, as opposed to the crime of being here; as confirmed by USCIS background checks where the USCIS can check easily, by computer, supplemented with other records submitted by applicants, as required by the USCIS.
5. Get an education, which makes it more likely that you will find good work and remain off welfare after you are a citizen. Verified by documents submitted to the USCIS by applicants.
6. Stay off welfare; or if you have ever been on welfare prior to becoming a citizen, pay it back. Receipts for paying back welfare would be submitted by applicants to the USCIS.
7. Work hard and well, as measured by a work history, references, recommendations from former employers, pay raises, promotions, or financial records from self employment. All gathered by applicants and submitted to the USCIS.
Criteria must be objective. For four reasons:
1. If illegals do not trust the criteria to be objective, they will hesitate to step out of the shadows to sign up with the USCIS. If immigrants across the border do not trust the criteria to be objective, they may prefer to take their chances swimming across the border. Our security problem will remain unsolved.
2. If criteria are subjective, that means USCIS staff will exercise their human judgment evaluating applicants, which means tremendous burdens on USCIS staff time. Assessments need to be so objective that they are machine gradable. The costs of administering the tests could be charged as fees to those taking them; or trusted charitable organizations, universities, or public schools could administer them and certify the results.
3. If the assessments that determine who goes to the head of the line are not objective, inferior applicants will come among us first.
4. Objective assessments will create a new national measure of achievement, similar to SAT scores and grade point averages, which will be useful to American employers, and will highly motivate immigrants to score as high as they possibly can.
THE ECONOMIC PROBLEM: Seee "The Economic Impact of replacing Quotas with Criteria")
THE PRIVACY PROBLEM: See "Big Brother Bills: Trampling our own Liberties in order to deny Liberties to Immigrants" and "The Electronic Employment Verification System, the Real ID Act, and the Mark of the Beast: Why God Cares; Why We Should")
THE POPULATION PROBLEM: See "Why God is not Stupid when He offers populations the blessing of multiplying")
THE MORAL PROBLEM: See "Get in WHAT Line?")
Our current immigration policy of no lines to get in, while citizens scream "get in line like everybody else", is like a speed limit of 5 miles per hour on the interstate. The more unreasonable a law, the more otherwise law abiding, decent, moral human beings will violate it, and the less cooperation law enforcement will have from citizens. America stands out from the rest of the world for the safety of society in relation to our small police forces. As an alternative to inconceivably huge bureaucracy growth, the Immigration Compromise bill that almost became law in 2007 would have created a national database without which no American could get a job, open a bank account, drive, fly, or enter a federal building! It also provided for using that database to begin issuing passports; first, at just a few border crossings, and in just a few countries; but the bill allows the director of Homeland Security to expand the program without limit, without further authorization from Congress! The bill literally provides for the building of a database worldwide enough to implement the Mark of the Beast.
The escape from this fate is laws reasonable enough that voluntary compliance will be high, and police needs will be small.
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