D.C. Policy Group Lays Out Reasonable Immigration Goals

Five Step PlanWashington, D.C.-based American Principles in Action proposed steps Wednesday that it recommended congressional Republicans use to address the problems within our immigration system.

The goal behind the five-step plan is to strip away the politics that have engulfed the issue and focus on reforming immigration policies that will instead reflect our nation’s collective interests, explained Alfonso Aguilar, director of APIA’s Latino Partnership program.

“This Congress should definitely pass legislation in this session – now – to address these problems,” Aguilar said, according to The Hill.

The first three of these calls to action are recommendations FAIR has long-embraced: secure the border, enforce immigration law in the workplace, i.e. E-Verify, and implement a biometric entry/exit system to ensure foreign nationals do not overstay visa limits.

Upon the successful completion of these three prerequisites, Congress would then be able to go ahead with the last two, which is where the APIA’s proposed reforms could become more like rewards to illegal aliens.

Aguilar said hiring foreign workers is acceptable, but only in situations where employers cannot first find an American or legal immigrant to fill the job. It’s an admirable idea, but APIA does not suggest how the government would ensure all American candidates were considered prior to a company’s hiring foreign nationals, or even illegal aliens.

The final point is where the plan goes south – “provide a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants.” It’s nothing short of giving amnesty to those who illegally entered the country, but does fixing a number of policies mean we must overlook the consequences millions deserve?

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  1. avatar

    The devastating effect illegal immigration has on this nation is unacceptable because if law enforcement where doing their jobs this would have never happened. It is time to protect state by state sovereignty and national sovereignty.

    The biggest factor of why Seniors are losing more and more benefits. They are getting blamed for the country going broke.

    This has gone out to almost two million people .

    It’s easy to dismiss individual programs that benefit non-citizens until they’re put together and this picture emerges. Someone did a lot of research to put together all
    of this data. Often these programs are buried within other programs making them difficult to find.

    A Real
    M Eye Opener

    WHY is the USA BANKRUPT? Read this :

    We have been hammered with the propaganda that it was the Iraq war and the war on terror that is bankrupting us.

    I hope the following 14 reasons
    are forwarded over and over again until they are read so many times that the readers gets sick of reading them. I also have included the URL’s for verification of all the following facts.

    1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year by state governments.

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    2. $22 Billion dollars a year is spent on food Assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.


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    3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.

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    4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on Primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English!


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    5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for Education for the American-born Children of illegal aliens, known as Anchor babies.


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    6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to i ncarcerate illegal aliens.

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    7. 30% percent of all Federal Prison Inmates are illegal aliens.

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    8. $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on Illegal aliens for Welfare & social Services by the American taxpayers.


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    9. $200 Billion dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal Aliens .


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    13. In 2006, illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances to their Countries of origin.


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    Are we THAT Stupid?


    If this doesn’t bother you, then just delete the message.

    If, on the other hand, it does raise the hair on the back of your neck, I hope you forward it to every Legal Resident in the United States !!!

  2. avatar

    And yes millions of illegals can be deported because they have no right to be here. It is the law of our land.

  3. avatar

    We don’t want amnesty. It is not our job to take cars of the world. This nation has given and given and given and these nations still abuse our sovereignty by sending their citizens illegally. No other country allows this. Why be a nation of laws if law enforcement is choosing which ones to uphold. They took an oath to do a job protect our sovereignty. Why should we follow any laws if people are choosing to break and ignore laws for an unamerican agenda. This is our country. It is time to close our borders and declare a 10 year moratorium in any immigration until all illegal are deported.

  4. avatar

    Congress nor this administration owns this nation. It belongs to we the people. This administration has committed treason against our sovereignty and they should be fired and removed from office.

  5. avatar

    Illegals and anybody who supports illegals are breaking our sovereignty laws. All the other nations uphold their immigration laws why aren’t we? 18 U.S. CODE § 2384 – SEDITIOUS CONSPIRACY
    If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.

    18 U.S. CODE § 2381 – TREASON
    Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

  6. avatar

    When enemies invade and attack and enter a nation illegally uninvited. It is deemed an act of war on our sovereignty. It is time to deport all illegal invaders and traitors and terrorist and the illegal UN. This is our land people. We only have one country people? If they steal our land we have no other land of the free given to us by our God and founding fathers. Is anybody out there awake. Forget DHS (it is an illegal unconstitutional foreign agency). We have thousands on our payroll who are paid to remove invaders. Do your damn jobs. DC owns nothing in this nation. It belongs to we the people and we have laws to protect our sovereignty.

    We are wasting much of our nations energy on people who have no authority to be in our country. We need to rebuild and restore the greatest nation on earth.

    Governors should be implementing militias right now to protect state sovereignty. It is time to give federal employees the boot out of our states since they have refused to do their jobs and uphold their oaths of office.

    Article the fourth [Amendment II][4]

    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

    “Officers of the court are sworn to support and defend the Constitution… those attempting to disarm you are violating their oaths and stepping outside the law. The responsible action for a people faced with such usurpation is to defend themselves against it, not with lawyers but with force. Submitting yourself to a jurisdiction that doesn’t recognize your Right of self-defense is also akin to surrender, since they have already made a determination against that Right by failing to support the Bill of Rights, Article IV.

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    The original amnesty in 1986 was ostensibly for under 1 million illegal alien farm workers but morphed into nearly 3 million. As a condition of the amnesty Congress promised to install E-Verify so only legal workers would be employed, secure the border, and never have another amnesty. We all know not one of those promises were kept so now the very people who made the promises but never fulfilled them are saying “Our immigration system is broken.” Please, the hypocrisy is overwhelming especially since the Chair of the Judiciary and one of the Eight gangsters was part of the 1986 debacle.

    Amnesties never mentioned are 6 additional that took place until 2000 for an additional 3 million illegal aliens. So, from 1986 to 2000 the United States rewarded 6 million lawbreakers with amnesty and what did it produce besides an obvious disregard for the rule of law and embracing of the rule of lawlessness?

    60% of those granted amnesty in 1986 never became Naturalized citizens telegraphing loud and clear citizenship was not the goal rather a job while retaining their own citizenship. What message does that send? I won’t discuss it here but only 56% of all legal immigrants are bothering to become citizens.

    Fast forward until Today and we now have, using government numbers, 11 million illegal aliens waiting and anticipating amnesty.

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      Everything Went Out of Control

      Right after the Clinton praised the WTO for job butcher-axing in America and the Battle of Seattle arose in 1999. The open border Democrats started getting rich after that.

  8. avatar

    E-Verify & enforced……Employers have to vet all current employees.
    Proof of Citizenship for welfare.
    Amend IMM & NAT ACT to require at least one parent to be a U.S. citizen for a child to be a citizen.
    Make it a felony to enter illegally or overstay a visa.
    Troops on the border instead of lazing around bases……..
    Reduce legal immigration to pre-1965 levels. We have no lands to settle.
    Dramatically reduce guest workers……does anyone really think we have a shortage of maids or lawn mower operators in the country? Disney just fired all their IT people and replaced them with foreign workers…….is that right? Boycott Disney.

  9. avatar

    I have a much better idea. This is more realistic than any that has mentioned.

    the best way to fight illegal immigrants is to force self deportation. Self deportation is the answer but to get our government from aiding and abetting these criminals is another thing. They need to cut off All State and Federal programs to them and take away the 14th amendment that they think allows their childrent to be automatic citizens. You do those two things and ENFORCE our immigration laws we have now and they would run home. Our immigration laws are not broken………it is our government that is broken.

    This has been the whole plan all along. Obama has done this strictly for political reasons and that is to build the Democrat voting base which is AGAIN against the Constitution. Where does it stop?

    This president and anyone that votes to fund this Executive Amnesty action is guilty of criminal conspiracy to commit a coup d’etat. With the Democrats lawlessness they are trying to over throw our government and completely change it and that can not be allowed. Just remember people, Congress holds the purse but We the People hold the strings.

    This president and anyone that votes to fund his Executive Amnesty and using tax payers money to support and transport them into our country is not only guilty of criminal conspiracy to commit a coup d’etat but also human trafficing. With the Democrats lawlessness they are trying to over throw our government and completely change it and that can not be allowed. Just remember, Congress holds the purse but We the People hold the strings. And you will force us to use them.

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      Good idea but it will never happen to many are still illegal and working in America.

  10. avatar

    The problem with amnesty is that it is an open ended reality. The 14th amendment is a relic of the past that could help put a stop to the problem. It has to be amended to reflect current realities in which entry into this country is poorly controlled and managed. Whether entry is by border hopping, visa overstays and birth tourism, changing the 14th amendment by specifying at least one birth parent must be a legal resident although preferably a U.S. citizen would put a significant dent in motives for unlawful entry. However, we all know that the,democrats oppose this change as it would diminish potential voters for the Democratic Party, which too them is more important than the well being of the current legal residents of this country. We have seen that the past amnesty only made the problem of unlawful entry worse so why would we expect a different result from another amnesty. I say no way Jose’!

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      A large part of the 1898 Supreme Court Wong Kim Ark decision that gave him American citizenship was based on the fact that the court called his parents “domiciled residents”. As in they were established residents known to the authorities in California. How can anyone make an argument that someone who crossed the border illegally 2 days ago, or a tourist who arrived on plane a week ago, or overstayed their temporary visa, is somehow a “domiciled resident” of this country? It’s ridiculous.

  11. avatar

    The Who sang “Won’t Get Fooled Again”. After what happened with the 1986 amnesty why should anyone believe that any enforcement that is not guaranteed to occur before any legalization will eventually happen. In fact, look at who will be the next Senate Democratic leader. None other than Chuck Schumer who pushed it in the House in 1986. Did he forget all those promises of enforcement then? How about good old Teddy Kennedy who pledged that never again would another amnesty come before Congress. And then Ted supported one after another years later.