On June 19, 2013, Western Journalism published my “Five Point Plan for Immigration Reform.” This is a plan that is still relevant today, almost four years later, even though the names and faces that surround the still unsolved issue of immigration reform might have changed and the dollar amounts spent have predictably increased during these years of inability to actually face the dangers of unsecured borders and the tragedy of the never-ending redistribution of America’s wealth, charity and largess to support persons who owe allegiance to foreign nations and not to America.
Truthfully, this is always the case when one big government scheme fails or another big government elected official loses their next election. The hangers-on just change the name of the scheme, or the people just inadvertently elect more lovers of big government, and we go on as usual, giving up an immeasurable amount of our liberty, but never seeming to measurably increase our security or decrease our spending.
In keeping with the popular ruse of renaming rather than resolving issues, this year we will call this real-life immigration drama a “Five Act Play.” This new name comports with House Speaker Paul Ryan once calling his “Affordable Health Care” replacement tragedy a Three Act Play, instead of actually repealing it as promised.
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Even though Ryan more recently called his legislative failure a Three-Phase Plan (probably thinking it sounded slightly more high-brow to the ruling class), how did the intractable idea of government controlled healthcare ever sneak its way into the psyche of the Party of Limited Government anyway?
It’s a rhetorical question. I guess time changes all things, so in an effort to help our conservative-liberal, American nationalist-American populist, big-small, expansive-limited government power players actually address this serious problem, I have resurrected and updated (with parentheses) my Five Act Play for their, and your consideration. It goes like this …
“It is the proper responsibility of free people (of bondage) in a (pretend) representative republic to advise elected officials on the course of action required to make good law and to protect the sovereign individuals who are legal, law abiding citizens of that republic (if true representative republicanism was, is, or ever will be the real goal of the ruling class).
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To that end, I have constructed a simple, logical, workable Five Act Play for immigration reform that I would like our 100 senators and our 435 House representatives (and the Trump administration) to consider as a replacement for their complex, overbearing, ill-prioritized “gang of eight” (now called Comprehensive Immigration Reform) plan currently sneaking its way through our legislative system to the consternation of a large portion of this country’s legal populace.
The Five Act Play:
1. Secure the Borders … period. This will require that a structure be devised that will guarantee the citizens of this country will be safe from the illegal invasion of our borders. Maybe the assets in Utah the National Security Administration have constructed to apparently track its own citizenry can be redirected to the tracking of illegal aliens attempting to cross our borders. Maybe the American soldiers who are stationed the world over can be re-deployed to protect our border states from the aggression that will surely follow if and when we get serious about protecting our own country.
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Step No. 1 must be completely in place before proceeding to steps No. 2-5, so don’t hold your breath.
2. Deport all illegal aliens who are presently residing in the prisons and jails across this country. Send them to the prisons in the country of their origin. According to 2014 data, California’s taxpayers alone are paying $4.3 billion a year to house illegal alien prisoners.
I suppose some of these tax dollars are being used to support the perks and pleasures afforded the government’s bloated security department system, but come on — what is it doing to the country’s taxpayers and their own children whose lives, fortunes and sacred honor are being crushed by unstoppable debt?
Although it might be impossible to calculate the total cost of housing these criminals across the United States, it certainly must be a healthy chunk of change.
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3. Deport all illegal aliens who are actively taking advantage of our current health care system (as fraudulent as it might be) and send them to the hospitals in the country of their origin. According to Kaiser Health News, “Federal law generally bars illegal immigrants from being covered by Medicaid. But a little-known part of the state-federal health insurance program for the poor has long paid about $2 billion a year for emergency treatment for a group of patients, who according to hospitals, mostly comprise illegal immigrants.”
Updated figures have not been verified, but wouldn’t you say that $2 billion a year is enough of a burden for the legal, law-abiding taxpayers of American to shoulder to support the emergency treatment of “mostly” illegal immigrants?
4. Deport all illegal aliens currently collecting American entitlements of any kind and send them back to collect welfare from the country of their origin. The portion of the then-$517 billion a year entitlement payments provided to illegal aliens is difficult to calculate due to the fact the 14th Amendment of the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution has been systematically misused by allowing illegal entry into this country for the expressed purpose of delivering babies who are then “deemed” to be American citizens.
The actual wording of the first sentence of Section 1 of the 14th Amendment would seemingly contradict this systematic misuse, if reviewed in its full context: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.”
The operative clause that so many big government power players seem to willfully ignore is “subject to the jurisdiction thereof.” According to The Federalist Blog, this clause refers to the political allegiance of the father to the child. Thomas Jefferson is often quoted as having said “aliens are the subjects of a foreign power.” It is unimaginable to think lawmakers in this country would have used the 14th Amendment to give free citizenship to children of illegal aliens. But they did, so now it is incumbent upon us to correct these wrongs that have been wrought upon our own legal American citizen children (for updated numbers, refer to a study that Heritage Foundation published in 2016 called National Academy of Sciences Report Indicates Amnesty for Unlawful Immigrants Would Cost into the Trillions of Dollars).
5. Only after steps No. 1-4 have been securely enforced (and we have only law-abiding, healthy, productive, self-supporting illegal aliens in our country — fully recognizing these people broke the law to get here in the first place, and the fact this scenario might be nothing more than a pipedream), that might then be the time for a national dialogue to begin on just how to deal with the remaining illegal aliens who are living in this country, who might be willing to swear allegiance to this country but who have recognizably taken the place of the immigrants who are faithfully attempting to follow the hundreds of laws already on the books that address legal migration into our country.
Most legal Americans might welcome that national dialogue and the legal migration that could follow. After all, we are a compassionate people; we generally mean no harm to others, but we are a society that (is supposed to) follow the rule of law. I still think it is time we start writing 735-word laws (like the length of my original 2013 Five Point Plan) and start enforcing standards written to protect our own sovereignty and not the “feelings” of people who have crossed the red line of illegal entry into this country.
The real tragedy to this drama is that, as we continue dancing around the edges without solving any of these major problems, our government fiddles with Three Act Plays, while the world burns.
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