Now Here is a GOP Immigration Platform!
Here's an interesting article I ran across the other day written by Victor Davis Hanson. I agree with Hanson that there is no way to pull off a "mass exodus", and that we need to ship back the felons, and perhaps even the newest arrivals, but providing a path to citizenship for the rest? I just don't know about that. One alternative is to provide a positive ID program and allow those that want to remain here to work legally and have them pay their fair share of the tax burden. Not citizenship, but an opportunity to work and remain here legally.
Amnesty or Deportation?, by Victor Davis Hanson
It was easy to damn "amnesty" - given its serial history of only encouraging more illegal immigration. But the trick was always coming up with something less drastic instead like "earned citizenship," that culled out through deportation felons, and recent arrivals, while allowing the crime-free, long residing, and hard-working to pay some sort of nominal fine for breaking the law even as they applied for citizenship. I doubt this is what is meant by the euphemism "comprehensive immigration reform," but it is a workable idea when coupled with an end to federally-mandated bilingual documents and interpreters, and salad-bowl state-mandated ethnic separatism.
In other words, we say to the illegal alien: if you are working, if you have not committed a crime after arriving here illegally, and if you are willing to stay in a country that makes no special allowances for those who speak languages other than English or who claim some privileged ethnic heritage, then, yes, you can find a path to citizenship involving fines for your initial crime of breaking the law, and necessary background checks and testing of basic acquaintance with American citizenship. Such earned citizenship will fail of course, unless the border is closed through walls, increased patrolling, employer sanctions, and a change of popular attitudes about illegality; otherwise the process becomes serial, as it was in the past, and news of its magnanimity only encourages more to get northward A.S.A.P.
You can read the entire article here