Immigration Solutions

Recently in the Daily Times, the opportunity was given to Republican and Democrat Central Committee members to express their views on immigration. Both made valid points, however neither really offered any solutions. Miguel Mitchell mentioned amnesty, however it does not address the long-term need for reform.

Libertarian Lorenzo Gaztañaga advocated for a policy that focused on “Peaceful people crossing borders peacefully for peaceful purposes.” I believe any solution should be built around this principle.

We would create a process in concert with the Mexican Government (before expanding to other countries) where those interested in temporarily working in the United States may apply for available jobs here. Employers can post work that they have available, it is a user fee based system and the employer is responsible for transporting the employee.

Those that are currently undocumented would be given a one-time opportunity to apply for the program with their employer applying as well. All back taxes must be paid and proper documentation obtained to ensure everything is done properly. This does not put them on path for citizenship; it only authorizes them to legally work in the United States.

This process is simple, humane and fair. It creates a process that is efficient and fair and it is a user pay system.

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The above statement was what I was limited to in the Daily Times.

  • Further details would require potential temporary workers to go through the normal process of obtaining approval to work in the United States (a work Visa). They would then use that approval to access a website that is like Career Builder or Monster, yet it is only available to employers who post jobs and approved workers who wish to apply for jobs.
  • The flow of immigration would be restricted to the demands of the Market. The more jobs that are available, the more that will come to work. The less available jobs, then less people will come to work.
  • Once an agreement is made between the parties, the length of the Visa will be based on the agreement between the employer and employee. Extensions should be granted when both parties apply for one.
  • Each temporary worker will be given a Taxpayer Identification Number and a separate tax form would be filed so that appropriate taxes are paid.
  • Temporary workers are not eligible for unemployment or other benefits.
  • Temporary workers may be eligible to get State Driver’s License if they have a license from their home countries. If not then they would need go through the process as set forth in each state for obtaining a Driver’s License. States should consider creating a special class license for temporary workers and the expiration date should match the expiration on their Visa.
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