I have enjoyed reading the column by Gary Edelman on a
point system and the responses from Harry Sheinfeld,
Ali Alexander and others. I am generally in agreement
with an earned legalization/points system. Here are a
few comments to add to the discussion.
1. Truly close the border to illegal immigration. The
government must allocate the resources to make this
work at the border and through the removal process. I
feel little sympathy for individuals who knowingly
break our laws and the sovereignty of this country.
When Chinese, Pakistanis and other non-Central
Americans are using Mexico as a conduit to the US, is
it hard to imagine that the terrorist elements will
also use it as a means to get to the US?
2. Allow individuals who are in the US to obtain a
SS# if they register with INS and become part of the
to-be-created earned legalization program. Remove the
Social Security Card as a document to evidence work
authorization. The Social Security Administration
should not be considered a last line of defense against
illegal immigration or terrorists. They are incapable
of handling the role. Unfortunately, I see us needing
to move towards a national ID card. We willingly allow
Visa and Mastercard to track us everywhere, why not the
3. Create a point system program which looks for
skilled workers from abroad, but also allows unskilled
workers in the US to get points and obtain temporary
or conditional status based upon contributions to SSA
for 20+ quarters of work. This would remove the
incentive for underground employment and increase the
gov't coffers. After meeting these requirements, their
conditional status would be removed and they would be
eligible for permanent resident status.
4. Over a million people gained permanent residency in
the US in 2001, what is the appropriate number?
Let's set the number based upon whatever factors are
deemed appropriate (family, asylum/refugee, employment,
US birth rates, economic growth, etc.) and stop the
illegal migration. Illegal immigrants do not come to
the US asking what can they do for this country, but
rather what can this country do for them (provide jobs,
etc.). We need to recognize this fact and make sure
the immigration system works for the good of our
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