A so­lu­tion to the il­le­gal im­mi­grant prob­lem

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum - Richard Nav­ickas, Lusby

Here’s an idea you might think is work­able and a good so­lu­tion to the il­le­gal im­mi­grant prob­lem in the United States. We have a new pres­i­dent com­ing into the White House soon, and solv­ing the il­le­gal im­mi­grant prob­lem has been a cen­ter­piece of his cam­paign since its in­cep­tion. It will be solved, but how?

To safe­guard Amer­i­cans from dan­ger­ous crimes be­ing com­mit­ted by im­mi­grants, the pres­i­dent-elect has wisely promised to be­gin de­port­ing all il­le­gal im­mi­grants with felony con­vic­tions from the coun­try just as soon as he is sworn in as pres­i­dent. I’m now sug­gest­ing that, while he is build­ing the wall and de­port- ing crim­i­nal im­mi­grants to make the coun­try much safer and also help con­trol refugees and asy­lum seek­ers, we urge our pres­i­dent-elect with our voices and let­ters to go eas­ier on the il­le­gals who are not other wise crim­i­nals, but sim­ply need our help.

Here’s what can be done: Is­sue all re­main­ing “il­le­gal aliens,” those with­out crim­i­nal records, new “Pur­ple ID Cards,” valid for just 15 years when they can be­come le­git­i­mate, Amer­i­can cit­i­zens. Also, is­sue each one of them a pro­vi­sional so­cial se­cu­rity num­ber. All such il­le­gals would know that just a sin­gle felony con­vic­tion dur­ing the 15year pro­vi­sional pe­riod would pro­vide for jail time and manda­tory de­por­ta­tion, but reach­ing the 15-year goal with­out a se­ri­ous crime would as­sure them of U.S. ci­ti­zen­ship for­ever.

These moves would sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce crime and also pro­vide needed la­bor in the U.S. Such an op­por­tu­nity would guar­an­tee le­gal sta­tus, which is what il­le­gal im­mi­grants need most. Fif­teen years will pro­vide time for il­le­gals to be­come fully im­mersed in Amer­i­can cul­ture and lan­guage, suf­fi­cient to eas­ily pass a pro­fi­ciency exam en­ti­tling them to ci­ti­zen­ship and to vote for the first time.

This is an easy so­lu­tion to a very com­plex prob­lem. I think it will work very well, and give “good il­le­gals” badly needed cred­i­bil­ity, and fam­ily se­cu­rity, too.

The real fear of de­por­ta­tion has caused great con­cerns, par­tic­u­larly in the mostly Latino com­mu­nity of il­le­gals, whose lives in the U.S. are now very much in limbo. Our pres­i­dent-elect has recently shown to all that he is look­ing for a so­lu­tion and can be quite flex­i­ble. We’ve al­ready seen, from his han­dling of many re­cent is­sues sur­round­ing his cam­paign and in the pick­ing of his lead­er­ship team, that he is ac­tu­ally a very sym­pa­thetic and rea­son­able per­son.

But like all great lead­ers, he does de­mand re­spect for coun­try and obe­di­ence to the laws. The im­pres­sive ca­pa­bil­i­ties of all of the pres­i­dent-elect’s very suc­cess­ful chil­dren demon­strate what great po­ten­tial there might be for the coun­try if sim­i­lar dis­ci­plines are im­ple­mented. Ex­pand­ing that re­spect­ful self-dis­ci­pline of the pres­i­dent-elect’s chil­dren to the en­tire coun­try should help all Amer­i­cans, and not just those other­wise law-abid­ing il­le­gal im­mi­grants who are now filled with the on­go­ing fear of de­por­ta­tion.

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