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June 13, 2005

Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies recommends 10 goals for immigration reform. He suggests:

  • Ending the climate of impunity for border-jumping, illegal employment, fake documents and immigration fraud by cracking down on all infractions, no matter how small, to reduce crime overall.
  • Using consistent, across-the-board enforcement as part of a strategy of attrition which will cause fewer illegals to come and more of those already here to leave.
  • Abolishing amnesty but giving illegal immigrants 90 days to get right with the law by leaving the country; those who leave would face no penalty if they later apply to immigrate or visit, but those who do not leave would be barred permanently from future re-entry.
  • Making Social Security number verification a universal, mandatory part of the normal hiring process.
  • Systematizing the relationship between the law and federal immigration officials and allow police to use immigration law as a tool to fight crime.

Furthermore, Krikorian also recommends streamlining legal immigration by:

  • Stopping the spreading acceptance of consular registration cards, chiefly Mexico's "matricula consular" card, which functions as an illegal-alien ID and represents a de facto amnesty; such documents have no validity in the United States.
  • Ending exemptions for Mexicans and Canadians from the U.S.-Visit program's check-in/check-out system.
  • Ending the legal-immigration program's two most egregious elements -- the visa lottery and the admission category for adult brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens
  • Enforcing the temporary aspect of temporary visas since about one-third of the illegal-immigrant population -- some three million people -- came in on temporary visas and never left.
  • Discouraging and eliminating dual citizenship as it undermines the very principle of U.S. citizenship.

Source: Mark Krikorian, "Drawing the Line," Dallas Morning News, June 5, 2005.


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