Bob Dane

Don’t be vague. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said “there are humane, practical steps to solve this problem, if we can get the politicians and the news media to just deal with it honestly.” You are the politician and we’re asking for your solution. Don’t punt the problem to others. Also, don’t be cute. "If you don't want to use the National Guard, take -- take half of the current Department of Homeland Security bureaucracy in Washington, transplant it to Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico. You'll have more than enough people to control the border." The infamous “alligators in the moat” jab approach didn’t work for President Obama in El Paso and won’t work for you either Mr. Speaker on the campaign trail. The border is no longer funny. It’s deadly.

Here’s what you should say if you're interested in leading on this issue. We’ve timed it and you can say and suggest most of what really needs to be done with America’s immigration system in under sixty seconds:

Secure the border, dry up the jobs magnet with mandatory E-Verify for all employers, enforce the laws federally and as Congress intended, empower states to participate in enforcement, and take any form of amnesty off the table, now and in the future. This is called “attrition through enforcement” and it works. Over time, illegal aliens already here will leave and those thinking about coming here won’t because there are no incentives to do so.

As regards legal immigration and foreign guest workers who are creating undue competition for scare jobs, we need to reduce the numbers of both to more sensible and sustainable levels and emphasize skilled-based admissions. This will put millions of Americans back to work.

If you move fast and have extra time, here are the bonus points:

What we need is an immigration policy that articulates exactly how many and who should come in, and how immigration serves the broad interests of the U.S., our labor market, our environment, our schools, health care and public safety. Let’s stop letting cheap labor business lobbies, illegal alien special interests, and political parties dictate the debate for their own benefit. The American worker and American taxpayers are the real stakeholders and their interests come first.

Your clarity and your common sense positions on immigration might just get you nominated, if you mean it. And it might keep you in office if you actually do it.

Bob Dane

Bob Dane is the Director of Communications for the Federation for American Immigration Reform.