Let’s begin by stopping all the rhetoric about immigration reform. How can someone reform immigration if they don’t know how it really works in the first place. It’s like asking an electrician to conduct a heart transplant or asking a doctor to rewire a home.
A wall, no matter how tall or how long, will not solve the immigration problem. A wall is like putting a band-aid on an injury that needs stitches. There are three types of immigrants, those who are trying to be reunited with their loved ones, those who are trying to improve or save their lives, and those with criminal backgrounds. The first two types of immigrants are the majority.
A huge misconception is that an immigrant does not pay taxes. Most immigrants do pay taxes and the majority of them obtain ITINs from the IRS to file their taxes.
Washington needs someone who truly understands the Immigration laws of our country. Obtaining legal status in our country is not as easy as filling out an application. In fact, our Immigration system is more of a referral system than an application system. If you don’t have a spouse, parent or child who can request legal status for the immigrant, the immigrant is not coming in. To prevent illegal immigration, immigrants should be given the opportunity to apply to come to our country AND allow our country to do an extensive background check on them before being allowed in. Under my proposal, our Social Security system (which we are told will run out in the near future) and our Medicare system will benefit tremendously.
Immigration reform must also include reasonable punishments that fit the crime. For example, what person, immigrant or not, would like to be separated from their family for 10 years for getting a traffic ticket? Exactly!! If a father, with no criminal history, came illegally into the U.S. and stayed with his family for over a year, he would be barred from coming back to the U.S. to be with his family for 10 years. This type of punishment will encourage illegal immigration rather than deter it.
How does all this affect EI Paso and our nation? We, the taxpayers, must pump more money into a system that does not work, the repercussions are not understood, and the problem remains unsolved. A system that works for all will lift the negative stigma that Washington and the rest of the nation has of El Paso. Let’s not forget not long ago, Attorney General Sessions came to our doorstep to remind us that El Paso was “ground zero”. Washington’s solutions to the “ground zero” problems: build a wall, have ICE raids at schools, malls and courthouses, deport Dreamers, implement travel bans based on religion, and incite states to implement laws such as the SB4 law – pitting local law enforcement with citizens and destroying years of trust.