Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Pence and Common Sense

On Monday Morning Coffee had a post on House Republican Mike Pence's Op-Ed piece from the Wall Street Journal titled A Middle Ground on Immigration.


The author over at Morning Coffee was right on when they stated that Pence's plan "on the surface appears to be logical and based on common sense". Representative Pence's executive summary was also included in the post:

The Four-Step Solution: No Amnesty Immigration Reform

I see the solution as a four-step process:

1. Secure our border.

2. Make the decision, once and for all, to deny amnesty to people whose first act in the United States was a violation of the law.

3. Put in place a guest worker program, without amnesty, that will efficiently provide American employers with willing guest workers who come to America legally.

4. Enforce tough employer sanctions that ensure a full partnership between American business and the American government in the enforcement of our laws on immigration and guest workers.

This plan is truly full of common sense and is worth further scrutiny. I certainly intend on contacting my Representatives to encourage them to support Pence's bill. Certainly no bill is perfect and not every bill is going to satisfy everyone but this seems like a compromise that I believe most legal and reasonable Americans can find some happiness in.

First and foremost Pence recognizes the importance of secure borders. Not only that but he says that it should be priority one and he is absolutely correct. The proposal also recognizes that deporting 12 million illegal immigrants is an impossibility. He is absolutely right in proposing a plan to crack down on employers. Part of the plan is that in order to be a guest worker in America you have to go home first. If employers are made to follow the law then illegals that truly want to work and prosper in America will go home to apply for a work visa. Those that choose ignore this will eventually be caught and deported. Employers that choose to ignore this will eventually be caught and punished. Amensty is not acceptable. Amensty will just encourage others to break our laws and come here illegally.

One of the most innovative aspects of Pence's plan is the proposed use of the private sector to process and place guest workers at what he calls "Ellis Island Centers". Pence recognizes that another Government bureaucracy is the last thing that is needed. This is conservatism and capitalism at its best. This part of the plan creates jobs and the competition created between private companies should ensure efficiency. These companies will not only grant work visas but they will also compile the necessary data for the FBI to do background checks as well as provide health screenings.

If nothing else I hope that Pence's plan at least makes those spineless Senators reconsider the Amnesty plan that they have endorsed. As stated before Pence's plan is worth more scrutiny and is so far the best and most reasonable plan that I have seen. There are many more details available please go research for yourself.

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.**
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