We can have tighter security around our borders so no one, not even the smallest child can come across. There needs to be an effective and friendly guest-worker program, which allows people who need work to come here where there are not jobs not being done by Americans. There needs to be a dramatic increase in surveillance and prosecution of businesses that employ people who are not here legally. We need to deal in a humane and reasonable way with the millions of people who are already here illegally.
We could build actual fences in places where they work. Where they don’t, virtual barriers could be erected by using unmanned aerial vehicles and cameras and sensors to enhance monitoring and detection. We can also do a better job of working with the Mexicans, through the Border Enforcement Security Task Force and the Merida Initiative, for example. The use of illegal labor here is a huge draw for illegal immigrants, and discouraging it requires telling American employers that there will be consequences for hiring illegal immigrants. All sorts of tools exist to do this, including Social Security No Match, random workplace inspections, E-Verify and checks of I-9 forms. They should be strengthened.
A few states like California, Illinois, and Maryland allow illegal aliens to vote in local elections. Some states only require a valid driver’s license to vote in national elections. All voters should prove citizenship by either showing a birth certificate, Naturalization Certificate, a Consular Registration of Birth Abroad, or Certificate of Citizenship. All voting ballots should be printed in English. If need be, increase the fines to make hiring illegal immigrants financially uneconomical based on the risk. Illegal immigrants are costing the taxpayer over a hundred billion dollars a year. The United States simply cannot be the world’s social welfare provider.
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