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    Saturday, April 05, 2008

    My Immigration Policy

    Summer is coming up soon, which means the season to discuss illegal immigration again. Republicans and sound-minded independents are going to discuss the need to stop the illegal influx of foreigners across our borders. Soon, those opposed to illegal-activity will be endlessly called racists, the line "jobs that Americans won't do" will be used, debated, and argued ad nauseum, those sympathetic to 'the cause' will drop the word "illegal" from their vocabulary in favor of "undocumented" (as in "I'm an undocumented pharmaceutial supplier"), and millions will take to the streets to demonstrate why illegal activity is okay. Before all this gets underway, I'm going to state again my general policy on immigration.

    1. Illegal immigration is illegal. Nuff said.
    2. We currently only allow roughly 1 million legal immigrants per year (2007 saw 1,052,415) into a country of roughly 300 million! In my opinion, this is far too low. Immigration (of the legal variety) is a boon for America. It adds to our diversity, improves our innovation, and lets those from around the world experience the American dream. That being said, this number should be expanded several fold. I'd suggest at least 3 million per year, and personally I'd like to see 5 million.
    3. Skilled and educated applicants for green cards should be fast tracked. I support them being prioritized (as they already are).
    4. Employers of illegal immigrants should be penalized appropriately. That being said, they must be given the tools to verify status.

    That's pretty much it. I've said it before, and I'm saying it again now. What's your policy?

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