Immigration Reform: I support a sensible approach.
I believe that people who come to this country seeking a better life for themselves and their families are NOT criminals even though in so many cases they are breaking the law. The easy availability of work and historic lax enforcement of our laws enable and encourage those pursuing the American dream. I do believe that the employers who exploit undocumented workers are criminals and should be severely prosecuted. At the same time, employers who want to play by the rules should be given a reliable way to verify that their employees are here legally.
Our system should establish an application mechanism where foreign workers with unique skills could apply, be screened to eliminate anyone who may pose a threat to our citizens or our country, and then be made available so that employers seeking to hire workers where US workers are not available, workers with unique skills or farmers looking for seasonal work can hire legal foreign employees.
Our immigration laws should have a mechanism for those foreigners that we educate and train in our institutions to stay and develop new technologies and industries in the United States rather than abroad with citizenship as a reward at the end of the rainbow.
Being a citizen of this country comes not only with rights but also with fundamental responsibilities. I believe that those living here illegally should be held accountable. They should register and undergo national security and criminal background checks. If those living here illegally earning a wage, they should pay taxes and be penalized if they failed to do so on previous earnings. I strongly believe that anyone seeking citizen in our great country must learn our language, English, before becoming eligible for citizenship.