Immigration reform and jobs programs
My plan for prosperity seeks to create jobs by utilizing our natural gas supply to save our citizens money. With 65 million homes in this country, and 100 million cars and trucks parked at those homes, the potential workers required could be huge. Some of these jobs will be filled by the undocumented. They are already here. They are an integral part of our society. They are working in the shadows for lesser wages than they could command in a free market. They, in turn, hold down wages for native born workers. As those marginally employed move into better jobs, the chronically unemployed will be able to find work. As all workers find work, business will pay more for workers, obviating the call for a minimum wage increase.
The undocumented broke our law to come here. For this, they must pay a price. I propose that they pay their taxes due, and an additional 10% of income to our national debt. I propose that they pay it on their tax return, with applicable taxes.. They get a double deduction for the previous year donation. Their 1040 becomes a Green Card. When questioned, they show they are earning the right to stay. I finally propose that at the end of the 10 years, he be eligible for a path to citizenship.
Children born on US soil are entitled to citizenship. Children who are not must be naturalized. While my plan will allow minors the right to remain in our country with their legally residing parent, they must earn citizenship. I propose that this plan be available for them also. Whether spouses filing jointly will be conferred citizenship will be an additional issue needing resolution by Congress. A four year term of military service will also confer citizenship. Congress will determine whether the term alone is adequate, or if they must pay the 10%. My plan will waive the 10%.
I have stated that these people are already integral to society. They build our homes, mow our lawns, serve our meals. They surround us, and we them. I vehemently oppose deporting them all. I will have no part in separating families, leaving childcare to an already vastly overworked CPS. The current influx are fleeing anarchy in Central America and Mexico. They seek the safety provided under our Constitution, where Rule of Law is supreme. We will not turn our backs. It is incumbent on us to remain that shining city on the hill, providing an example, a template, for those nations less fortunate to implement.
We would be well served to provide assistance to those forces for democracy. I would make loans available to governments that reform to enable their own growth, providing training for a professional police force, for a judicial system, and for home grown entrepreneurs to make available consumer goods, and to pay workers a living wage so that they can benefit from the fruit of their labor. These loans could originate in the Debt Fund. Payment of these loans will pay more of our national debt.