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Sun May 12, 2019, 01:56 PM


Immigrants have been a source of hard work and innovation for America over the centuries. Without a doubt, the melting pot of our country has led to the most dynamic, most creative, and most successful nation in the history of the world.

Itís also necessary to recognize that, as a nation, we need to maintain control of our immigration system. The current system we have in place, when it works, does a great job of ensuring that highly skilled, hard-working, and invested immigrants can come to this country and integrate, becoming new Americans who contribute greatly to our society.

However, because of issues on the southern border, our immigration system has broken down, and we have over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. While these individuals are generally law-abiding people who work hard and contribute to their local communities, itís also true that theyíre not supposed to be here.

Outside of increasing our guest worker program and making sure that those who receive temporary permission to come to the US to work leave when their time is up, we also need to find ways to address this massive community of undocumented immigrants who entered the country illegally.

Rounding up and deporting that many people is a nonstarteróit would be prohibitively expensive, disruptive, and inhumane to many communities, so a pathway to citizenship must be provided (after securing our southern border, so that we donít end up right back where we started). However, this pathway must reflect the fact that these individuals tried to circumvent our legal immigration system. Itís even more important to get this right when citizenship guarantees a Freedom Dividend.

See Andrewís policies on THE DREAM ACT, and SOUTHERN BORDER SECURITY for a more complete view of how heíd address this complex issue.

"Secure the southern border and drastically decrease the number of illegal entries into the US.
Provide a new tier of long-term permanent residency for anyone who has been here illegally for a substantial amount of time so that they can come out of the shadows and enter the formal economy and become full members of the community.
This new tier would permit individuals to work and stay in the country, provided they pay their taxes and donít get convicted of a felony.
This tier would put them on a longer, eighteen-year path to citizenship (the same amount of time it takes those born in the US to get full citizenship rights), reflecting our desire to bring them into our country but also their decision to circumvent legal immigration channels.
Invest heavily in an information campaign to inform immigrant communities of this new tier of residency, and deport any undocumented immigrant who doesnít proactively enroll in the program."


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