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July 11, 2006

Rep. Mike Pence's (R-Ind.) proposed compromise on immigration includes border security and sanctions on employers who hire illegal aliens, but it recognizes the need for a guest-worker program without amnesty or a huge new government bureaucracy.

Under the four-part Pence plan:

  • Before any new guest-worker program can begin, the secretary of Homeland Security must certify that all border security measures are substantially completed.
  • Illegal aliens would have to leave the country, but could come back legally if they have a job opportunity in the United States.
  • A system of private worker placement agencies, licensed by the federal government, would be set up to match willing guest workers with jobs in America that employers cannot fill with American workers.
  • A nationwide electronic employment verification system through which employers confirm the legality of each employee would be created. Employers who operate outside of the system would face tough fines.

Some argue that putting border security first and asking millions of illegal immigrants to leave the country is unrealistic, says Pence.  But it is unrealistic to assume that another round of amnesty will not result in another wave of illegal immigration in the years ahead, he explains.

Source: Mike Pence, "Amnesty isn't the answer," USA Today, July 11, 2006

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