Thoughts on im­prov­ing the im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem

The Avenue News - - EDITORIAL - -State Sen. Johnny Ray Salling (R6) -R. Gary Stre­beck, Mid­dle River

There are count­less is­sues that af­fect the cur­rent im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy of the United States. The fol­low­ing is­sues, if ad­dressed, could help to deal with this na­tional crisis.

I be­lieve even the most lib­eral among us would agree that en­ter­ing the United States with­out the proper doc­u­men­ta­tion is break­ing the law. I know of no neigh­bors that leave their doors open or un­locked and in­vite any­one walk­ing by to en­ter with­out per­mis­sion.

States, cities and lo­cal ju­ris­dic­tions that de­clare “sanc­tu­ary” sta­tus re­gard­ing co­op­er­a­tion with ICE and im­mi­gra­tion law should not re­ceive fed­eral fund­ing for lo­cal law-en­force­ment?

The cur­rent fed­eral “E-VER­IFY” sys­tem must be used more ef­fec­tively to sub­stan­tially fine em­ploy­ers that hire un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants?

The pol­icy of is­su­ing driv­ers li­censes to il­le­gal im­mi­grants must be ended. This pol­icy could en­able those with po­lit­i­cal lean­ings to­ward ter­ror­ism to rent large trucks that could be used to mow down in­no­cent cit­i­zens on our streets and side­walks?

More must be done to se­cure our elec­tions. You can­not rent a truck, get a pre­scrip­tion filled, re­ceive med­i­cal treat­ment, get a li­brary card, ap­ply for Medi­care (even with a So­cial Se­cu­rity card) or re­ceive many other ser­vices with­out a photo-ID. We should not be per­mit­ted to vote with­out proper ID?

Many who en­ter the United States il­le­gally and with­out proper med­i­cal screen­ing pose a po­ten­tial health risk by rein­tro­duc­ing on­ceerad­i­cated dis­eases (measles, whoop­ing cough, tu­ber­cu­lo­sis, etc.) back into the United States? This is a se­ri­ous med­i­cal con­cern that must be ad­dressed.

The pol­icy of “chain-mi­gra­tion” which al­lows those who im­mi­grate to the United States to spon­sor many of their rel­a­tives should be re­vis­ited and mod­i­fied or elim­i­nated?

The “lot­tery” sys­tem which places po­ten­tial im­mi­grants on a list to en­ter the United States should be dis­con­tin­ued as this does not bring in the best and the bright­est, but the “lucky” into the United States?

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