As if his stands on illegal immigration and on the Federal takeover of K-12 education known as Common Core were not enough, we now have this, in his own words:
“…it’s not possible in a free country to completely control the border without us losing our freedoms and liberties.”
Not only is this statement untrue, it is stupid. What? We would lose our liberty to emigrate to Mexico if the border were secure? We would be refused reentry into the US after a jaunt into Canada? Our Canadian neighbors do a decent job of securing their part of the border. We should do at least as much.
Any proposal for ‘fixing’ the immigration issue, to qualify for even cursory consideration, should in our opinion include three mandatory provisions, beyond tight border security.
- Illegal immigrants should never have the right to become citizens and vote
- They should never benefit from Federal welfare or preference of any kind
- The system regulating legal immigration should be at least as rigorous as the new one in effect in Canada this year
Consider that Social Security benefits are tilted so that low-income beneficiaries receive much more than what they paid in. Illegals who used a fraudulent social security number should not receive this preference. Their benefits should be equal to what they paid in. Giving them a one-time lump sum instead of a monthly cash payment is one way to handle this problem. There are others. The issue of illegals already here brought over as children should be handled separately and must not be permitted to muddy the waters.
The new Canadian system for legal immigration is heavily weighted towards immigrants who will boost Canada’s economy and never be on welfare. According to the Globe & Mail, potential immigrants will be ranked as follows:
The Comprehensive Ranking System formula assigns a score of out [sic] 1,200 based on four elements: core factors such as age and education, spousal factors, skills transferability and whether or not a person already has a job offer or an invite from a provincial or territorial immigration program. That final factor gets an applicant an additional 600 points, which automatically leads to an invitation to apply.
The application is for permanent residency. The federal government will take care that immigrants do not take jobs Canadians could fill. The illiterate and unskilled will be intentionally filtered out.