Solutions for the President from our Readers …
President Trump needs to go for total immigration reform now before or after he meets with the Republicans and Democrats on the budget and the debt ceiling. Take it to the people first. Don’t let the politicians use the illegal immigrants as a bargaining chip for budget talks or a token wall.
Doing a total immigration reform now will save countless lives each year in drug related deaths and addiction. In 2017 nearly 200 people a day died of drug overdoses (based on federal data). This death toll is higher than all US military casualties in the Vietnam and Iraq wars combined. These numbers only take into consideration opioid related drug overdoses and DO NOT include deaths from drug related crimes committed by gangs and addicts. There are 700,000 drug overdoses plus 100,000 drug related deaths per year. Our war on drugs has been a total failure and has cost us far too much to continue to ignore.
Any congressmen or senators that vote against this bill are complicit in supporting crime and the deaths of American citizens. Mothers unite. These are our kids.
The congressional members of both parties (including the conservative Trump haters) are the most unpatriotic people we have ever elected while we have a “no hate” policy. They care more about themselves and their own feelings than their constituents and American lives. Pelosi and Schumer do not even come close to representing the middle or conservative Democrats, as I am one. 70% of Americans want some kind of wall and 85% want immigration reform. That takes a lot of Democrats to get those numbers.
Legalizing the illegal immigrants and building the wall would also have an immense economic impact on our economy. While many illegal immigrants do pay taxes, many do not. It is estimated there could be 700 billion dollars in new taxes (most of our national debt?) by an estimated 5 million illegal immigrants who won’t take regular jobs that deduct taxes because of their fear of being deported. This would take millions off of welfare and or some government subsidy and fill those 6 million available jobs (2% unemployment rate?).
Hand Congress a three-step resolution they can support that incorporates most of the President’s 100-point plan and will make both the President and the country happy (pass this as a three-page bill now with a 90-day period for the lawyers (I mean congressmen) to complete).
3-Step Total Immigration Reform Program Can Be Implemented Now. And Building the Wall is a Must.
Step 1 – Build the Wall
The influx of illegal immigrants and drugs needs to be stopped from coming into the US. Increased border enforcement must be announced at the same time as the new immigration reform plan to stop this large influx of illegal immigrants from trying to enter the US. The US has been crippled by the illegal drugs coming across our border. The border wall will stop a tremendous amount of the drug trade saving countless lives.
Use the US Army Corps of Engineers to help regulate the borders temporarily and to build or help build the wall. If they can build a bridge in one day imagine how fast they can build the wall with private sector contractors. Have the US Army Corp of Engineers engineer it and hire private contractors to build it.
Have the US Army Corps of Engineers deploy 5,000 to 10,000 troops to protect the border. Have them rotate 90-day tours along the border while building the wall. If anyone comes across illegally they will be deported and will not be eligible for a green card or to apply for citizenship ever (this must be in the bill).
Step 2 – Legalize All Illegal Immigrants Who Have Broken No US Law Other Than Entering the US Illegally (This will be the only shift for President Trump – Call it the Trump Card)
Set up a program to protect all law-abiding illegal immigrants from deportation that are currently in the US. The definition of law-abiding illegal immigrant is one who has broken no US law other than entering the US illegally. Remove the pressure from ICE and execute a temporary executive order authorizing ICE to NOT deport or detain any illegal immigrants that fall under this definition.
This would apply to all illegal immigrants including DACA immigrants (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). This program would not apply to any future illegal immigrants coming into the US after the program has been implemented. This program would supersede and/or eliminate all other immigration policies (this includes lottery visas, chain migration, anchor babies, etc.). A new VISA program needs to be created.
Issue a temporary 3-year green card to all of those who meet the above requirement and deport those who do not. Charge a $300 fee for the background check and registration. The funds received would be split between the states and the federal government to be used to offset the cost of implementing the program.
After three years (and the wall must be completed by then) issue a 15-year card for a $700 fee. These funds will be allocated to offset the implementation of the program and a part of the building of the wall or be used to expand access to addiction treatment.
Note that more than likely programs would be put in place by the conservative private sector to provide assistance with the above fees (after giving them three years to pay for it).
Again, issue a temporary executive order asking ICE to not arrest or deport any illegal immigrants who have not broken the law. If they get caught up in a sweep let them go. Ice will support this. What are the sanctuary cities’ going to do?
Step 3 – Deport All Criminal Illegal Immigrants and Eliminate All Sanctuary Cities In the bill
Complete the deportation orders for criminal illegal immigrants now by registering the illegal immigrants who have not broken the law (other than coming here illegally). Prioritize and expedite the deportation process for those who have committed violent crimes or drug related crimes.
Eliminate all sanctuary cities. Any city that provides sanctuary or protection to criminal illegal immigrants will not be eligible to participate in the program.
The current perceived necessity of a sanctuary city will no longer exist. Many illegal immigrants qualifying for the program would assist in finding and deporting the criminal illegal immigrants to protect the program and their status in it.
I am a Democrat and 50% of all Democrats are tired of the Pelosi types and the Trump haters at the expense of the American people. Take a pole and find out how out of touch the Democratic leadership really is. They know it. That’s why they don’t do unbiased polls. It’s time to get out of the bubble and do the right thing.
This program would be genius on the President’s part. He’s going to get credit for doing an immigration bill that no one has been able to accomplish in 50 years which would be huge political capital for this administration.
Everybody should be happy with this program. It is a win-win for our country. We’re going to build the wall; greatly reducing the drug trade and saving countless lives. We are going to reduce the need for law enforcement, hospital and medical costs, and first responders time related to drug abuse. We’re going to protect and legalize the “Dreamers” and all of the millions more, keeping families united and safe.
Where can anyone spend 50 billion dollars to save 2 trillion for the taxpayers and save countless lives?
The political capital gained for the President would make this bill unstoppable. There will be millions marching on Washington supporting the President especially if there is any push back.
This program is tough, but also incredibly generous. If the President were to bring this to the people first, they will support it and Congress will have to pass it. Hold rallies with hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants behind you and announce the following before you take this to Congress:
1. Build the wall.
2. Legalize All Illegal Immigrants Who Have Broken No US Law Other Than Entering the US Illegally
3. Deport All Criminal Illegal Immigrants and Eliminate All Sanctuary Cities
4. Congress Support the Wall or Get Out of Politics
So much for a lame-duck session. Wow!
We need to pass this on. Any congress member who votes against the 40 to 50 million dollars for a total wall is complicit in the deaths of Americans. More than if they voted to go to war. Americans are dying here in our own country. We can stop most of it.
~ Patrick Lockhart, Founder