Why is it that the most common sense approach to grappling with the immigration problem that I’ve seen comes from a RedState blogger… and not a Senator or the teeming Senate staff that buzz around writing “clay pigeons” in the dark of night? Maybe it is because sometimes (if not all the time) We, The People “get it”.
We Want Latinos In The GOP – St. Louis Conservative at RedState.com
While I agree that this bill is not a good one and shouldn’t become law, we need to tone down the rhetoric and instead propose our own, principled bill that will work. I propose:
1. Secure the border and institute tamper proof employer emforcement provisions with REAL ID.
2. Offer a period for illegals to come forward and declare that they are here. Those with no criminal background and solid work history can apply for a probationary visa. If they elect to pursue citizenship, they can reapply for their visa when it expires without going home. There would then be a significant time period and several hurdles to pass through to eventually become citizens. Those who don’t elect to pursue citizenship can receive a probationary visa (if they are law-abiding and are gainfully employed), but it is temporary and they must “touch back” every few years or so. Further, make English the national language and make learning it a requirement for a green card or citizenship.
3. Introduce a merit system that encourages high-skilled and highly-educated immigration and puts those immigrants on a fast track.
4. Institute a guest worker program for low-skilled labor needs such as agriculture.
It’s funny to me that the same people who say that people who are against this bill are “anti-Hispanic” also say that these Hispanics are here doing jobs “Americans won’t do”. That, to me, is the height of racism, for by that statement, they basically say that these are crappy jobs and we need second-class citizens (the Hispanics) to do them. I LIKE Hispanic people, and I want them to come here and be upwardly mobile, not relegated to cleaning bathrooms all their life. Yet that is what this bill encourages. It’s not right, and it doesn’t benefit Hispanics in the long term.
Well, this can’t possibly work — it is common sense and simple. No wonder no one in Washington, DC came up with it!
St. Louis Conservative argues his approach is good policy because it is good politics — bringing Hispanics into the GOP. Frankly, I could care less about the political argument. I think St. Louis Con’s approach is good — because it is the right thing to do!
**Amnesty Watch GP programming note** I’ll be
waiting stranded punished on a US Airways flight back to Charlotte this morning. So I won’t be able to catch up on the cloture vote until it is probably over. Please use this space to keep each other up-to-date on the vote. And someone please tell me how Sen. Richard John Kerry Burr votes!