ENGLISH FOR CONGRESS POSITION PAPER (Revised April 2018)
problem of border security is directly related to the illegal
immigration issue that I also have discussed under that
topic. Until the incentives for illegal entry into the
United States are removed, the problem of illegal entry could
increase in the future. Truly effective control can only
be accomplished with real time employer access to an improved
job applicant status Federal computer verification system.
The alternative of the current "catch and return" policy with
illegal Mexican entrants and "catch and release" policy for
other illegal entrants cannot be continued if effective border
security is to become a reality. All illegal
entrants should be fingerprinted, DNA samples and iris photos
taken, with other identifying and home residence information
collected and entered into a secure national instant access
computer data base when they are first apprehended.
Serious consideration should first be given to copying the Canadian guest worker program that works well, prevents abuse and exploitation of the guest workers, and does not have the enforcement problems and related financial burden that are the consequence of the broken and unworkable current U. S. border security approach. The Canadian government-run system provides entry permits and temporary jobs for varying periods depending upon the type of work involved and insures that the guest workers have every incentive for compliance.
the first illegal entry offense, a copy of the arrest citation
in Spanish or native language containing a strict warning of the
violation and subsequent punishments with specified
incarceration periods for future violations should be given each
entrant before they are escorted to the border and
deported. Subsequent offenses should be punished by two
months, six months, and one year detention periods with
incarceration in rural work camps located on Federal
Humane punishment for repeated illegal entry attempts must be
implemented. While incarcerated there, the prisoners
would be given opportunity to work clearing the
national forests of accumulated under story brush and on other
Federal land facilities improvement and maintenance projects.
Female prisoners would be kept in separate locations and given
opportunities for supervised work in Federal facilities.
All prisoners would be paid minimum wage from which charges not
to exceed 50% of their wages would be deducted for their food,
shelter, medical care, and transportation to and from
their home countries. Prisoners with exemplary work and
personal conduct records while incarcerated would be given the
opportunity to apply with good work and conduct recommendations
for the guest worker program at the completion of their
sentences, but not given priority for hiring. Those
released with poor work and conduct records would be denied
approval for the guest worker program and some or all of their
earnings from their periods of incarceration could be
confiscated prior to deportation. While a humane forced
labor incarceration program for repeated entry violations would
be highly controversial, it would provide both disincentives and
well as incentives for controlling illegal border entry.
If the new national identify, employment applicant clearance, humane border crossing violation punishment , and controlled guest worker programs do not reduce the numbers of illegal entrants into this country, then increased border surveillance and physical security measures must be instituted. The ongoing controversy about the construction of a border wall with its multi-Billion dollar expense should be the last option if the surveillance and the other measures mentioned are ineffective. The Army and Marine Corps should be assigned the permanent mission to provide standby backup support and assistance when needed by the Border Patrol in its border security efforts. The National Guard should not be used permanently for this mission as it already has assigned homeland security and emergency response responsibilities in its home states.
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