My Fellow Americans,
By the time I am sworn in as President, the current Congress will have passed “comprehensive immigration reform, ” because the elites of America have decided that’s what we need. But the ordinary citizens of the United States want and deserve the rule of law. The advocates of reform insist on rushing a debate on a bill so detailed that it requires one thousand pages. At this time, it is not humanly possible to know what immigration law will look like when I take the oath of office as the head of the Executive Branch of these United States. I want you, the citizens of the United States, to know what I intend to do once in office.
I intend to enforce the immigration law, whatever it turns out to be. Count on it. There will be no more turning a blind eye to infractions by employers, workers, document forgers or criminals. We wouldn’t be in the mess we are in today, if previous Presidents and their executive branches had made serious attempts to enforce the law. The problems would have been exposed and possibly corrected, much sooner. If Congress presents the country with another impossible to enforce immigration code, we shall find it out sooner, rather than later. For I intend to attempt to enforce every bit of it to the maximum extent legally permissible.
I will complete the building of the border fence. I will make use of all employer sanctions. No more “wink, wink, nod, nod,” over employers who violate hiring and reporting requirements. The raids at the Swift plant will look like a walk in the park.
I will treat document forgery as the serious federal offense that it is. Forging US identity documents amounts to counterfeiting citizenship. Under my leadership the Federal government will treat identity fraud as seriously as the Treasury treats counterfeiting. Jail time. Serious fines. Likewise our government will treat human smugglers as kidnappers. I will use the full force of Federal law against coyotes.
I will take all necessary federal steps to deport alien criminals. I will instruct the Justice Department to assist local law enforcement authorities and penal institutions wishing to lower the costs of incarcerating criminal aliens. We will return illegal aliens who have committed crimes in this country to their home countries. And there will be no “path to citizenship” for legal aliens who commit crimes in this country. I will order their immediate deportation.
Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., is the author of Smart Sex: Finding Life-long Love In A Hook-up World. She blogs at jennifer-roback-morse.blogspot.com
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