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Immigration Policy

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Ted O'Neill

on 19 October 2012

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Policy Immigration "Immigration Law Should Reflect Our Dynamic Labor Market" Existing Policies: "As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others" (Libertarian Party Platform). "legal immigration is critical for America" "Citizenship Matters" family-based immigration
individual immigration (based on employment)
immigration for refugees, vulnerable populations policies for illegal immigration are not enforced to their full extent. The Problems: Immigrants have been:
-key labor force-> cheaper, better products
-educated or people with high ambition Liberal Republican Party DREAM act Democratic Party There are many parties seeking power in the Federal Government.
The Federal Government controls the USA's international policies.
Which party wants to do what then?
How can we place them on a spectrum? The United States Libertarian Party advocates Libertarianism -- a political philosophy emphasizing freedom and liberty . The Libertarian Party calls for immigration to essentially be unrestricted in the U.S.
The party believes that there should be no laws against immigration since so many people break those laws. provide a way for undocumented immigrants to earn citizenship reduce backlog of citizenship applications. protect immigrants
from exploitation. "When large numbers of otherwise decent people routinely violate a law, the law itself is probably the problem. To argue that illegal immigration is bad merely because it is illegal avoids the threshold question of whether we should prohibit this kind of immigration in the first place" (Party Platform on Immigration). enter country under 16
graduate high school/obtain GED
no criminal record
>5 years residence

=6 years to get 2 year college degree/2 years military service for permanent residence. Wants to remove laws restricting free immigration in general.
Wants to create easy ways for illegal immigrants to become citizens.
Wants to keep the restrictions that are in place against those illegal immigrants that are criminals. 2008-Postville Raid undocumented workers want jobs to provide better living conditions for family members.

illegal = no workers rights, threatened by having illegal status reported some worked 17hrs/6days/1week, rarely overtime pay
"young immigrants declared that they were exploited, mistreated, beaten, and abused"
underage workers, as young as 13 years "we share the dream of a better life in the land we love" background check, learn english, work, pay taxes should lead to citizenship

Families should be reunited in one country Reinforce Borders "I'm pleased that you all are here to witness the signature of the Secure Fence Act of 2006... This bill will make our borders more secure. It is an important step toward immigration reform... The bill authorizes the construction of hundreds of miles of additional fencing along our southern border...We're modernizing the southern border of the United States so we can assure the American people we're doing our job of securing the border. By making wise use of physical barriers and deploying 21st century technology we're helping our Border Patrol agents do their job." According to the party, immigrants are a very important part of the national economy because they provide needed labor. "Yet our system offers no legal channel for anywhere near a sufficient number of peaceful, hardworking immigrants to legally enter the United States even temporarily to fill this growing gap [of labor]" (Party Platform on Immigration). consume government resources
job competition
loss of national identity belgium china germany scotland england dominican republic south korea virginia tech shooting author; brave new world oscar de la renta mobster "lucky luciano" italy england jamaica israel What do you believe in? what will you choose? some illegal immigrants are skilled workers. to name a few Bring in More Skilled Workers "The current system...puts up a concrete wall to the best and brightest, yet those without skill or education are able to walk across the border" (Mitt Romney) Green Cards
Permanent residency for foreign students with math or science degree Secure the Borders Border fence
Border patrol
System to make sure people leave when their visas expire Employment verification cards
No drivers licenses for illegals
No amnesty
Enforce the laws
Self Deportation Strict Illegal Immigration Policies "Illegal immigrants who apply for legal status should not be given any advantage over those who are following the law and waiting their turn" No Public Assistance for immigrants no education
no housing
no social security Bring Families Together Make it easier for families of legal immigrants to be brought together
Green cards to family of permanent residents 0:24-2:41 "Those who enter the United States illegally should not be rewarded with permanent legal status or other such benefits, and they should be penalized in any road to citizenship. Those who enter and remain in the country illegally are violating the law, and condoning or encouraging such violations increases the likelihood of further illegal conduct."
-Heritage Foundation The U.S. Border Patrol simply cannot handle its mission under present restraints. Its job is to protect the American public and preserve the sanctity of our international borders. That cannot be accomplished while our borders are over run by aliens of every nationality and while bureaucrats place unreasonable restrictions on how agents operate. I urge the immediate deployment of U.S. military troops and equipment on our borders to seal them against those who would cause us harm. This could be only a temporary measure to allow us to regain control to again become a sovereign nation."
-David J. Stoddard (border patrol agent) Conservative How should we change ? Strict policy in immigrants extreme hardships
individual circumstaces Exceptions no citizenship to children born in the US under illegal immigrants
use of troops against invasion
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