ENGLISH FOR CONGRESS POSITION PAPER (Revised April 2014)
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 will
only 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.
Humane punishment for illegal entry must be implemented.
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
lands. While incarcerated there, the prisoners will be
given the opportunity to work clearing the national forests of
accumulated understory 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 will be deducted for their food,
shelter 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 any earnings from
their periods of incarceration would 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 Army and Marine Corps must be assigned the permanent mission to support and assist 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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