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A third way on immigration
Los Angeles Times ^ | December 16, 2012 | By Peter Skerry

Posted on 12/15/2012 5:20:52 PM PST by moonshinner_09

The debate over U.S. immigration policy has been rebooted. There now appears to be bipartisan support for what's generally called comprehensive reform. But a stumbling block remains: What to do about the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants among us. Deportation? Complete amnesty? A "path" to citizenship?

There is a way forward, and it can be best summarized by "none of the above." It lies, instead, between these choices. It's legalization without citizenship .

With as few conditions and as broadly as possible, we should offer undocumented immigrants status as "permanent noncitizen residents." Unlike current green card holders, these individuals would never have the option of naturalizing and becoming U.S. citizens. The only exception would be for minors who arrived here with their parents. Provided they have not committed any serious crimes, such individuals should be immediately eligible for citizenship.

Simplicity is one distinct virtue of this approach. The prospect of mass deportations (or the hope of mass self-deportations) is both unpalatable and impractical. And establishing and implementing a complicated pathway to citizenship — or even to a lesser legal status — requires more faith than most Americans have in our government's ability to administer programs effectively and fairly.

For example, one proposal has called for the undocumented to return to their native countries for some period of time and then apply for a visa and "get in line" to return to the U.S. legally. But how would the return trip be monitored? And after that, how effectively would the visa quotas and readmission processes be administered? What would happen when an aging grandmother is returned to a "home" she left 30 years ago, or when illegal parents and their U.S.-born teenagers find themselves on different sides of the divide?

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: aliens; calif; immigration
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To: Slambat

They have been using the 11 million number for over 7 years. Who do they think they’re kidding.

21 posted on 12/15/2012 6:29:15 PM PST by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: Altura Ct.

With millions of Americans out of work and government benefits about to bounce when China stops lending us the 40% of the budget we borrow, those illegals “here to work” are suddenly faced with angry Americans who need that work to survive.

22 posted on 12/15/2012 6:43:08 PM PST by tbw2
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To: moonshinner_09


23 posted on 12/15/2012 6:47:26 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (When Robbing Peter To Pay Paul,One Can Always Count On Paul's Cooperation)
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To: muawiyah
Deportation of the whole crowd is quite practical and inexpensive.

Just get the Illegal greasers out! They're taking jobs, paying no taxes, taking up hospital beds and hospital monies and their kids are swarmming and over burdening our public school system!

24 posted on 12/15/2012 7:31:47 PM PST by Mr Apple (
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To: Aetius

We could suggest a hundred different ways to handle the 30M illegals none of them will matter because there is absolutely no monitoring or enforcing done by any federal agency or Congressional group unless it is to collect a fine and increases the amount of money they have to spend. As a whole, Congress is totally clueless.

Washington considers illegals to be an asset, not a problem. Now the fact that some of us were calling our Congressmen lunatics they saw as a problem so they did take care of that issue!

25 posted on 12/15/2012 8:14:58 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: moonshinner_09

I wouldn’t go for being in a “special social class”. They are Foreign Natioals

26 posted on 12/15/2012 8:23:55 PM PST by Mike Darancette (I don't understand why the Boomers are so passive.)
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To: moonshinner_09; All

Anything not 100% Deportation of all Illegals is Illegal Alien Amnesty

Anyone not supporting 100% Deportation supports Illegal Alien Amnesty

So much BS about “what to do with Illegal Aliens”. Round them up and deport them. Cut the BS. Anything else is Amnesty

27 posted on 12/15/2012 11:31:29 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Seems that the ones who understand little about the economy are economists)
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To: PanzerKardinal

This plan would institutionalize it.

28 posted on 12/16/2012 4:06:55 AM PST by ZULU (See video:
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