The makings of a compromise on immigration
If only our elected officials were truly interested in doing what they were sent to Washington, D.C., to do — as well as what they said they would do — there would be a compromise to get a grand immigration deal done.
Let’s start with what the conservatives would get:
Full funding for a wall across the southern border.
An end to chain migration.
Migration eligibility based on the immigrant’s ability to be a productive and a self-reliant member of society.
Now for the liberals:
A fully protected Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program with a pathway to citizenship for the DACA recipient only — not the family members who broke the law.
Legal status for all law-abiding migrants who came here illegally. But no pathway to citizenship without going back to their country of origin.
Now here are a few things to help stop illegal immigration in the future:
Institute a mandatory $10,000-a-day fine on companies and people who hire illegal immigrants.
Don’t allow any benefits whatsoever for illegal immigrants.
Put asylum courts in countries of origin to process asylum claims. While the claims are being processed, the asylum-seeker will be held in a safe and protected place in their country. Anyone who shows up at the boarder seeking asylum will be sent back to the country of origin to apply for asylum.
Fully institute E-verify
Fully institute a biometric visa system.
Cut off all federal funding to sanctuary cities.
Charge any immigrants caught entering the country illegally the first time with a Class A criminal misdemeanor, and after processing immediately send them back to their country of origin. The second offense will be a felony punishable by up to two years in jail and then immediate deportation.
Gerald Friesenhahn lives in San Antonio.