We call on Congress to enact just and humane immigration reform that includes a path to legalization without barriers.
Immigration reform and the management of the millions of persons from but not limited to Mexico living and working within the United States without documented legal status fuel the question of different treatment on the basis of race. The following presentation offers an action strategy for how to accomplish the goals of immigration reform and the management of the millions of persons from but not limited to Mexico living and working within the United States without documented legal status. It will do so without denigrating any person or people already dealing with economic hardship sufficient to precipitate their leaving their homeland for the hope of work and a better way of life.
The number of Mexican citizens living in the United States without documented legal status dominates the national dialogue since; Jan Brewer, Republican Governor of Arizona signed SB 1070 into law one week ago today providing for law enforcement to determine the legal status of persons after establishing probable cause necessity to do so. Opponents suggest the bill will subject Latino Americas to racial profiling.
Whether or not SB 1070 establishes the parameters replete with opportunities for racial profiling or not; immigration reform and the management of the millions of persons from but not limited to Mexico living and working within the United States without documented legal status is an urgent imperative. A comprehensive look at the extenuating circumstances of the Mexican presence in America without the benefit of documented legal status is in all the North American people’s best interests for resolution. The real issue here is not so much of what to do with the millions living and working within the United States without documented legal status as it is for the government of the United States to do its job.
Primary factors that must be taken into consideration include America the nation, her government, her elected representatives, and her legal system that has allowed immigration and border security laws to be broken with impunity must admit significant culpability by complicity in these affairs. While I do not blame President Obama for the current state of affairs in immigration reform, the issue has reached crisis proportion on his watch and his leadership will need to be evident in its positive resolution.
People that have violated laws that have by and large gone unmanaged have been encouraged to do so, in the words of Malcolm X, “By Any Means Necessary”, to get to the promised land of the United States, because they could. Only a shortsighted and negligent system of government would have allowed this situation to deteriorate to pitting people against people. Mexican citizens living in the United States without documented legal status want what all Americans want. Indeed all people across Planet Earth want the same thing. People want the best opportunity to provide for themselves and their families they can achieve.
Or, has there been another motivation for allowing immigration to become the issue it has? A further examination of the why reveals greedy American citizens, primarily through corporations and private business, have been too eager to exploit the willingness of an already suffering people to work for very little just to have work. Americans have been unwilling to work for the meager wages acceptable to the Mexican citizens living in the United States without documented legal status.
This is one among many reasons American citizens have little respect for their government and elected government officials and representatives. The government has either given America away or allowed corporations to outsource it away with little to show in the way of gain for the people of America. American corporations are responsible for the generation of new and bustling middle class communities in Mexico, India, and China as a result of exporting jobs through outsourcing.
With fewer jobs available in America, Americans scramble to fight over what is left. Anyone perceived to be threat to an already limited supply of opportunities for work is not appreciated. The situation is not helped by the name calling going on across the nation. Major cities in California, states, and corporations that would spite Arizona by boycotts and negative press are not lining up with open arms inviting Mexican citizens living in the United States without documented legal status to come where they are.
The 10 Step Action Strategy to accomplish immigration reform begins with a revisit of NAFTA, The North American Free Trade Agreement. On January 1, 1994, NAFTA went into effect. The agreement provided for free trade eliminating tariffs on agricultural and industrial products. In the first ten years of the agreement trade between the three nations: the United States, Canada, and Mexico; increased by 70 percent.
In matters of business, each country’s citizens may invest in the other two nations just like citizens. The same process is in effect for legal matters. On the face of it, the provisions of NAFTA should satisfy questions of persons in the United States from Mexico and Canada to work. NAFTA provided for free access to each others markets with tariffs essentially becoming one North America Nation in all matters economic. This provides for the inclusion of citizens.
The baffling question that remains and requires response is why any Mexican citizen finds it necessary to slip into the country? Why do Mexicans pay smugglers thousands of dollars to slip them across the border to be held in drop houses until they can pay their way out?
Immigration reform reveals its challenges are more political than legal. It is illegal to be in the United States undocumented. That is fact. Federal agencies are charged with making sure the borders are secure. Border States between Mexico and the United States experience the brunt of this crime and its accompanying violence.
Living in a Post 911 World, security measures are by necessity enhanced to protect American Citizens and persons legally documented to be within the borders. Whether undocumented persons in the United States know the legal risks they take, they are sure to experience the privilege and provision of basic human rights; respect, dignity, and emergency care. They have no rights accorded citizens and legally documented others.
Immigration as a legal issue can be resolved in one to two years provided government leadership doesn’t punk out on its mission and policy directives of Homeland Security to secure the borders and enforce U. S. immigration laws. The following The 10 Step Action Strategy respects the dignity of all people on both sides of the border and immigration.
Government leadership must acknowledge and affirm the rule of law in matters of immigration and the oaths they are sworn to uphold.
Government leadership’s initiative to manage immigration must be co – signed by a majority of Americans by referendum to establish a two year limit to establish a legal status to all persons illegally in the country. Persons taking advantage of this opportunity within the first three months after passage of the federal referendum are to be afforded the opportunity to pay no federal taxes for one year following their coming forward.
Undocumented workers coming forth after 3 months will provide 100 hours public service during the first year following the moratorium. Persons coming forth in first three months will not have to meet the public service requirement.
Establish or re- affirms a crime and sentencing for being and/or harboring an undocumented person in the country at the end of the two year moratorium.
Establish a rally day around the end of immigration madness as it currently exists for celebration of the North American People’s Evolution.
Provide incentives to cities and states that offer to relocate former undocumented persons seeking work that are willing to relocate where work is available.
Build the fence along the border with unemployed persons on both sides of the border functioning under shared military leadership and costs for building, maintenance, and operation. Workers do not need to be military personnel. This could provide thousands of jobs in the short term construction phase. Border Patrol must work two ways and both governments should be side by side managing the fence border and it costs of successful function between nations.
10,000 volunteers from America and Mexico’s colleges and universities will travel to each country annually beginning the first year after the moratorium for one month community public service exchanges.
Each country will streamline the process for accessing legal status and or citizenship in each country to take place within 90 – 180 days after application.
Deploy a comprehensive North American Identification Card inclusive of community, state, nation, health emergency related information relevant to the individual, and any other information deemed necessary to facilitate the security of NAFTA nations and citizens.
Convene an annual review of the state of the relationship between the nations with power to recommend to national legislative bodies recommendation deemed in the best interests of both.
This process can work without denigrating any citizens of the three nations of NAFTA provided the United States Congress can act in the best interests of the law and the people. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. taught us that we do not need to see the whole stair case. We just have to be willing to take the first step. America, WE can do this. WE are E PLURIBUS, the people who from the many become the one.