Wednesday, July 19, 2006

News From the Backseat

It seems that with all that is going on concerning Israel and the Hezbollah that, at least to me, a lot of news is being put on the back burner. Some important stuff seems to be going under the radar. So I thought I'd post on one that has gone to the edge of the radar screen.


A real hot topic just a bit ago and it is still moving sideways through our governmental processes. Yesterday Mike Pence was on Hugh Hewitt's radio show as it was guest hosted by Jed Babbin and talked about the No Amnesty Immigration Reform bill he is pushing.

It goes like this:

The Four-Step Solution: No Amnesty Immigration Reform

I (Mike Pence) see the solution as a four-step process:

1. Secure our border.

2. Make the decision, once and for all, to deny amnesty to people whose first act in the United States was a violation of the law.

3. Put in place a guest worker program, without amnesty, that will efficiently provide American employers with willing guest workers who come to America legally.

4. Enforce tough employer sanctions that ensure a full partnership between American business and the American government in the enforcement of our laws on immigration and guest workers.

More can be found on Mike Pence's Website.

prying1 sez: The plan Mike proposed sounded pretty good but (There is always a big but... - PeeWee Herman) I have to wonder about the illegals in the country now. According to the plan they will have to go back to their home country and apply for the program through private agencies there.

Quote - Step Three: Enact a no amnesty guest worker program using private-sector firms

Therefore, the solution is to set up a system that will encourage illegal aliens to self-deport and come back legally as guest workers. Private worker placement agencies that we could call 'Ellis Island Centers' will be licensed by the federal government to match willing guest workers with jobs in America that employers cannot fill with American workers.

U.S. employers will engage the private agencies and request guest workers. In a matter of days, the private agencies will match guest workers with jobs, perform health screenings, fingerprinting, provide the appropriate information to the FBI and Homeland Security so that a background check can be performed and provide the guest worker with a visa granted by the State Department. The visa will be issued only outside of the United States.

The process that I just described to you will only take a matter of one week, or less. That is the beauty of the program. Speed is so important. No employer in America wants to lose employees for an extended amount of time. No worker who is earning money to feed and clothe a family can afford to be off the job for long.

But, an employer faced with a looming requirement to verify the legality of its employees and stiff fines for employing illegal aliens will be willing to use a quick system to obtain legal employees. And, an illegal alien currently employed in America will be willing to take a quick trip across the border to come back outside of the shadows and into a job where he does not fear a raid by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Imagine for a moment asking millions of people to line up at the U.S. Consulate in Mexico City to obtain a visa to come to America and work as a guest worker. It would be a disaster. Now, imagine private companies competing against each other to process guest worker applicants and match the applicants with open jobs. Imagine the application of American business ingenuity to this process. That, my friends, is why this program will work. - end quote -

Will it work? I don't know but it does sound better than the system we now have which is to leave the borders open and anything goes.

Addendum: I thought I might mention that my main concern is the open border and the security problems it entails. How loud will people from both sides of the political spectrum howl if some terrorists come across the border (North or South) and destroy a school full of children?

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