Immigration & Citizenship
Illegal Entry Fine
A stiff penalty of $5,000 should be imposed per person per illegal immigration violation. People, such as ‘snakeheads’ and ‘coyotes’, who help illegal immigrants during any part of their journey should be assessed a $10,000 fine for each person they have aided.
Illegal Daily Fine
In addition, each migrant should be required to pay a fine of $10 per day spent illegally in the country.
Processing, Detention, & Deportation Charges
In addition to these fines, illegal immigrants must also pay all other charges associated with this illegal immigration violation. These would include processing and detention charges as well as the cost of transportation back to their original place of origin.2 Comments
Planning For Deportation
Plans should be laid for the deportation of illegal immigrants as soon as their presence is discovered by authorities. Illegal immigrants discovered within one week (seven days) of immigrating should be deported immediately (within 72 hours). However, the deportation process should be reasonable to all involved. Immigrants having been in the country illegally for more than one week should be given the time to disengage, in an orderly manner, from any engagements and obligations they have prior to deportation as well as to plan for their return to their original area of origin. The maximum amount of time allowed between discovery and deportation should be three full months.
In order to pay their fines, the U.S. government should have agreements with the migrants’ home country giving it the right to seize assets there for purposes of settling fines due to legal offenses. If, for whatever reason, such assets are not enough, do not exist or cannot be found, then the illegal immigrant could be detained further in order to perform labor within this country to earn money to pay off the fines. A repayment schedule would need to be worked out with the government. Friends and families of these immigrants could be encouraged to donate towards paying off this debt.
Supervision During Interim
Upon their discovery and initial processing, every illegal immigrant must be notified of their deportation deadline. Then, unless there is reason to do otherwise, and upon their promises to abide by the deportation deadline, they should be freely released back into society. If there is any reason to suspect that a particular individual will either not abide by the set deadline or pose a risk to people or property, then any range of supervision options could be imposed. These could range from simple requirements to call an immigration office via telephone every day to report their status, to 24-hour incarceration. This level of ‘trust’ to determine the degree of supervision required could be determined by the courts.
Illegal immigrants should be repatriated back to their original area (town or province) of origin and they should pay all costs involved. Unless there is a compelling reason to do so and only if permission has been granted by the receiving jurisdiction, illegal immigrants should not have the option of being deported to any location other than their original place of origin, especially to one barely on the other side of the border, unless that is, in fact, their original place of origin.
Consequences For Missing Deadline
The consequences of missing the deportation deadline would be an additional fine of $1,000, a 1% compounding daily interest charge on their cumulative illegal immigration fines (regardless of whether any or all of it had already been paid), plus any additional costs for their newly required search and arrest. In addition, all assets belonging to the respective illegal immigrant would be frozen and used to either pay off the fines and/or used as collateral until the immigrant turns himself in.
Illegal Immigrants Who Are Victims of Crimes
Illegal immigrants who are also crime victims should be guaranteed to have their cases heard and resolved in this country. If it is conclusively proven that the charges brought by an illegal immigrant is utterly false, then the daily illegal immigration penalty would be retroactively reinstated back to its date of suspension (when the original charges were filed). At the end of the trial or case, then they could be deported.
However, if the illegal immigrant prevails in the case, he/she would be allowed to permanently remain in the country legally upon payment of all outstanding fines. They would likely be better able to pay all outstanding fines due to the financial benefits resulting from their legal win.0 Comments
Complete Payments Prior To Deportation
Illegal immigrants would be free to pay all the costs associated with their illegal immigration (i.e., criminal penalties, processing, detention, deportation, etc.) at any time and in any way they see fit prior to or up until the day of their scheduled repatriation. All charges must be paid prior to being deported. However, if an illegal immigrant fails to leave the country by the required date or if he/she has not completed payment without agreeing to a payment plan with the government, then an additional fine of $1,000 would be imposed and compound daily interest of 1% would be charged on the total cumulative fine amount, regardless of what portion had already been paid. In addition, all of their assets would be confiscated by the government and used to pay off any remaining costs or held as collateral until the illegal immigrant turns himself in. After all fines have been paid, any remaining assets would be returned to the possession of the illegal immigrant to take back home.
Unable To Pay?
If the illegal immigrant is unable to pay these fines, the government will provide them with opportunities to work, with earnings at least in accordance with minimum wage laws, until all of their bills (with interest) have been paid. Illegal immigrants will try to be matched with their talents in order to make the best use of their labor and allow them to earn more money. Interest on their fine account balances will be charged (beginning on the day after their original deportation would have occurred) normal market rates until their entire debt is paid. Then repatriation would occur. There would be no time limit requirements within which such repayments must occur. The government and the illegal immigrant must agree to a payment plan. The illegal immigrant would be responsible for insuring that payments are made according to the plan or further penalties would accrue.0 Comments
No illegal immigrant should ever be imposed arbitrary minimum time limits before they are allowed a legal reentry into the country. Illegal immigrants should be allowed to reenter the country the same day if they can do so legally. But they must be physically deported all the way back to their original departure point before they are legally allowed to return.
Or, illegal immigrants who are otherwise eligible for legal reentry, could be allowed to remain in the country, without returning home, upon payment of a penalty equivalent to 125% of what it would have cost to go back to their original place of origin and return.0 Comments
Marriage to a US citizen or birthing US citizen children should not automatically reclassify an illegal immigrant as having a legal status or make it any easier for them to obtain legal US residency or citizenship. Rather, these illegal immigrants would have the same fines imposed as conventional illegal immigrants.
Illegal Immigrant Marriage
One difference would be that an illegal immigrant married to a US citizen would have 6 months from the date of discovery (instead of the normal 3 months) to leave the country. If an illegal immigrant is part of a couple that is known to be pregnant on the date of discovery or who already have borne children together, then that illegal immigrant would be allowed 12 months from the date of discovery to leave the country.
Illegal Immigrant Children
Children born in the US to at least one illegal immigrant parent should not be given US citizenship and the parents should pay the illegal immigrant fine for the child at the normal rate of $10 per day, beginning on the day of the child’s birth up until the date of discovery.
However, until the US Constitution is changed, the child will be granted US citizenship. In this case, the illegal immigrant parent of this child should be levied a fine for the baby at a rate of $5 per day (half the rate of a regular illegal immigrant) from birth until the date of discovery. If both parents are illegal immigrants, then the child born in the US would cause a fine of $10 per day to be levied against the parents.0 Comments
Employers must verify the legal residency status of all their workers. A $25,000 fine should be levied against any business or individual for each illegal immigrant worker it has hired for any length of time. In addition, the hiring entity should be fined $250 for each day that the illegal immigrant worker was employed.0 Comments
Proof of legal residency would be required for the purchase or use of many major products or services. Some examples are listed below:
- Purchasing or renting real estate
- Buying or operating vehicles
- Owning bank accounts
- Obtaining marriage licences
- Obtaining government benefits (welfare, food stamps, Medicaid, education, etc.)
Illegal immigrants would be ineligible to use social services, except emergency services (police, fire, medical, etc.). However, they would be required to repay all costs for any emergency services used.0 Comments
All people who cross international borders, especially across the US international border, should pay a fee of perhaps $25 per person, regardless of age. Additional fees would be charged for vehicles (perhaps an additional $50 per vehicle).
The idea is to reduce the number of people crossing and thus increase the resources dedicated to security screenings for the remaining people who come across. This policy would also raise revenues to fund the security operations of the US Customs and Border Protection agency, ideally to the point of making is financially self-supporting.0 Comments
Migration to the US should be harder for children and for people with the capability for biological reproduction. One way of achieving this goal would be to allow only immigrants who are no longer able to reproduce through natural means to qualify more easily for permanent residency. This would apply to post menopausal women, men who have had permanent vasectomies, or any individual who has otherwise become sterilized. Such immigrants would also need to promise to not seek to bear children through any other means.
Potential immigrants of child-bearing age (or younger) would face higher standards than potential immigrants without reproductive abilities. For example, potential immigrants of child-bearing age would be required to meet higher English language fluency standards, provide more in-demand job skills, be healthier, and/or perhaps meet other standards. Immigrants who are capable of bearing children, but who promise not to, should be placed higher within this category’s admittance list.
Penalties for Violating Promise to Not Reproduce
Immigrant parents who violate their promise to not bear children would be fined $5,000 for each child plus an additional fine of $10 per day from the time of the child’s birth until the child reaches 20 years of age, or until the child leaves the country, whichever comes first. The daily $10 penalty could be avoided entirely by moving the child or promising to move the child to another country within 5 years of the birth. If the promise is not kept, this daily $10 fee would be charged retroactively and doubled as a penalty. In addition, the regular $10 fee would continue to accrue until the child leaves the country or until the child reaches 20 years of age. Once out of the country, an application for the child to immigrate back into the country could be filed and the normal immigration procedures would need to be followed. The child will not be forced out of the country. After the child reaches the age of 20 and has remained in the country, all fines having been paid, no further penalties would be assessed. The child’s provisional legal status (or provisional citizenship) in effect since birth would be changed to permanent legal status or citizenship.
Alteration Due To Constitutional Limitation
The above paragraph indicates the way the process should work. However, because the US Constitution grants citizenship to everyone born within the United States, then the child would automatically be a citizen from birth. Nevertheless, the initial $5,000 fine and the schedule of daily $10 fines should be allowed to be levied as planned, since the parents broke their promise. Since the child is a citizen according to the Constitution, there would be no requirement that the child leave the country and apply to reenter. After the fines are paid, the child would continue as a citizen like all other citizens.
Any immigrant who had promised not to bear children may choose to adopt children without facing any of these financial penalties.
An immigrant filtration system such as this would help reduce many of the larger, more permanent, social evolutionary forces that often cause many societal problems.0 Comments
All political jurisdictions, especially sovereign countries, but also states, provinces, or even cities, should be allowed to set up criteria (so long as it does not involve the use of ethnicity or gender) for determining which immigrants to allow to enter and live inside, and which to reject. For example, criminal history should be an acceptable parameter to use through which to filter immigrants.
There should also be a questionnaire and statement of principles that immigrants (and even natural-born citizens upon their reaching the age of majority) be required to fill out and sign so that this could serve as an additional measure by which to ‘screen’ people so as to help ensure that only people with ‘safe’ beliefs are admitted into the country.0 Comments
As a general rule, total permanent immigration numbers into the United States from all countries by people of child-bearing age or younger should be limited to an average of about one-tenth of one percent of the population per year. This amounts to just over 300,000 permanent immigrants per year or almost 1,000 people per day.
In addition, a limit of two times this amount should be set for people who are no longer capable of reproduction or who have promised not to reproduce.0 Comments
Everybody Must Choose Citizenship by Age of Majority
Everybody born in the United States of parents who are both US citizens should be granted provisional US citizenship. Every person with provisional citizenship living in the US should be required to choose, by the age of majority (usually 18-21 but should be age 20), of which country they would like to become a full citizen. If they decide to become a citizen of the United States, they would need to take certain steps and tests, similar to, but possibly more demanding than those given to foreign applicants today. Such steps and tests would need to have been completed by each person’s 20th birthday. People who fail those tests (they could retake them at any time) or people who have chosen to not become citizens of the United States, would have their status changed from citizen to legal US resident upon their 20th birthday. This status would last for 5 years. By the end of these 5 years, a decision must have been made and final approval must have been received by the country chosen in which to become a citizen. If individuals chose another country as a place of citizenship but are still within the United States after their 25th birthday, then daily $10 fines would begin to be charged. In addition, they would be categorized as foreign immigrant workers and the relevant regulations regarding foreign worker taxes (namely, higher income taxes) would begin to be applied at this same time. If the individual plans to remain in the United States for any length of time after the first 5 year period, they would need to have applied for another 5 year extension of their legal residency status.0 Comments
Every person choosing to become a citizen, whether they are native-born or immigrants of child-bearing age (immigrants younger than 20 years old would be exempt), should be able to hold a simple, functional, 5-minute conversation in English. People past reproductive age and those promising not to reproduce would be exempt.0 Comments
Dual nationality or dual citizenship should be prohibited. Any person claiming citizenship in the US and in any other country (or countries), should be considered by the US government as only a citizen of that other country (or countries) and the relevant foreign worker fee structures would apply. People should pledge their allegiance only to one country.0 Comments
Furthermore, no person holding dual citizenship should be allowed to hold any elected or appointed executive, legislative, or judicial position in government. People in such positions should devote their total allegiance to and place their total dependence on the country in which they serve.0 Comments
Any person born in the US or on any US territory or vessel from one or both parents who are not US citizens, but legally residing in the country, would not automatically obtain US citizenship, but rather would be granted legal resident status and treated as citizens of the country of which their parents are citizens, with the mother’s citizenship being dominant (if such countries allow the conferring of citizenship under such circumstances). The child’s legal residency status would be valid for as long as both parent’s legal residency status is valid, or as long as one of the parent’s (the one who remains in the country with the child) legal residency status is valid.
If one or both of the parents are illegally residing in the country, then the birthed child will also be considered an illegal immigrant, not granted citizenship, and would be subject to the same deportation laws. The parents would also be responsible for paying the daily immigration fines imposed upon the child.0 Comments
Time Limits for All Except Citizens
Every non-citizen, including every form of legal resident, would face a time limit on their stay within the country. Options would exist to request extensions, but permanent residency should not be an option. Only when people become citizens can they permanently reside in the country.
Normal Income Tax
Foreign workers would be subject to the same income tax rates to which the rest of the population is subjected.
Foreign Worker Fee
In addition, foreign workers should be charged a yearly fee for permission to work in the US. This fee should generally be set at 5% of their gross income. This fee could be raised or lowered depending on the supply and demand of domestic workers: the greater the deficit of domestic supply, the higher the fee on foreign workers (so as to encourage an increase in the domestic supply). These foreign worker fees would be independently calculated for each field, skill, or area of work in order to adequately reflect the supply and demand forces for each market.
Yearly Increase of Foreign Worker Fee
Foreign immigrant workers should generally be allowed to work and stay in this country for up to a maximum of one year at a time. Special permits may be granted to allow longer stays, especially for people with special skills, but for each additional year or part thereof, the foreign worker fee charged as a percentage of their income would increase by 5%, to 10% in the second year, 15% in the third year, etc. However, once the foreign worker leaves for the required time, their income tax rate would be reset to 5% upon their return.
Foreign Worker Residency should Not Exceed 50%
Foreign immigrant workers should not be allowed to reenter the country until the amount of time they have spent in the country, calculated from their first entrance, is 50% or less. Thus after their first and subsequent stays, foreign immigrant workers would be required to remain outside of the country for a period of time at least equal to the amount of time they have spent in the country.
Return Procedure for Early Termination of Work Contracts
Foreign workers who have been fired for just cause should be required to return to their country of origin within three months of their dismissal. Workers who have been laid off should be required, within 12 months, to either return to their country of origin or find another job, preferably in the same or related field in order to complete the time period allowed by their visa.
Foreign Workers Earning Money Without Valid Visa
Visa holders who earn wages at any time without a valid visa, would have those wages treated as theft and should be required to pay restitution, albeit at a lower multiple because this was not a forced crime. The proceeds would not go back to the company that hired such a person, but would go towards the law enforcement agency that is responsible for enforcing these laws.0 Comments