Although it’s not always obvious, the general purpose of the laws of any nation is to serve the best interests of the nation in question. In the case of the United States, it is becoming more widely understood and accepted that our nation’s current policies regarding immigration don’t work for us, but are actually working against us. This fact has created a political environment that is increasingly demanding solutions from those in positions of leadership in our country.
Currently gaining the most attention are several competing plans that could be grouped together as the “guest worker / amnesty” plans. They vary in terms of their levels of new border enforcement efforts, (one provides for use of military style electronic surveillance, another calls for ten thousand new border guards), but the common thread is a temporary guest worker program which allows those already here illegally to stay here and work for a while, then requires them to return home.
That last little detail is the primary reason these plans will never work. If we can’t (or won’t) enforce our laws now, how would we enforce this new requirement? I am sure that guest workers will be lining up by the thousands at the border to head back home when their allotted time here runs up. I am also sure that oceanfront property in Arizona is a good place to invest your money.
The advocates of these plans claim that they are misunderstood as giving amnesty to illegal aliens. While that may be technically correct in terms of the immediate effects and in the strict definition sense, it does however represent what average Americans would equate with amnesty, as it allows people to stay who came here illegally.
What annoys most conservatives in this debate is the abundance of attention paid to making it easier for those who are here illegally to stay as opposed to enforcing our laws as they currently exist and take substantial measures to stem the tide of those still entering the country illegally.
The most comprehensive and common sense ideas on the subject that I have seen thus far have come from the GOP’s former idea factory, Newt Gingrich, who in a recent interview offered his own suggestions. They would involve:
• Creation of a Blue Card Guest Worker Program, which would include an iris scan and thumbprint, as well as a signed contract agreeing to 48 hour deportation in the event of illegal activity.
• Those currently here illegally would first have to return to their home countries and apply for the Blue Card in order to work here.