Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Chris Cannon Immigration

I contacted Chris Cannon's office and asked for a point by point stance on immigration from him. They emailed the following to me, which, as I understand it, has also been published in the Deseret News. It's good information:

Please give — point by point — your solution to the U.S. illegal immigration problem?

Point 1: Complete the Border Fence. I voted for and support and continue to staff up the Border Patrol to cover the entire southwest border.

Point 2: Institute a tamper-proof ID card for all immigrants seeking to work in the United States. This ID card would employ biometrics and interface with an entry-exit database.

Point 3: Strengthen E-verify for employers to eliminate excuses and confusion inherent in our current work verification process. Employers should know in minutes if an applicant is legal.

Point 4: Require any immigrant seeking US Citizenship to demonstrate a proficiency in English, American History, and Civics.

Point 5: Institute "Catch and Deport" while mandating that after a certain date, any person found in the US illegally, would be barred from re-entry for any reason for 10, 20, or more years.

Point 6: Create a process whereby anyone currently in the United States illegally can come forward, pay a fine, receive a criminal background check, go to the end of the line if interested in becoming a US citizen, receive a temporary work status, forfeit all Social Security monies earned, be required to either have employer provided health insurance or a Health Savings Account. If anyone is found to have a criminal history of any kind, they are to be deported and barred from re-entry. If anyone is found after the grace period, they are to be deported and barred from re-entry.

Point 7: Enforce the law and the new programs from day 1.

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