Monday, September 3, 2018

25 no-brainer immigration plans to make America safer — and win the election

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Republicans are bleeding their traditional suburban voters at a quick pace. They are without a narrative and nearly out of time to make a difference for this election. When they return from summer recess, they have one final opportunity to either make a big play on the top issue on voter’s minds. Or they could simply monkey it up by running out the clock while they are losing.
According to recent polls, immigration is the top concern of voters. And for good reason. It touches on every important economic, security, and cultural issue voters care about, and unlike other issues, it is amazingly simple to solve. We can choose our own immigrants, period.
Here is a list of 25 ideas, most of which have already been introduced as legislation, that are political winners and will completely reorient the narrative of this election. This is not a complete list of the best ways to deter illegal immigration and reform the broader system, but they are all commonsense reforms that are easy to communicate and would effectively deter illegal immigration without touching on certain sensitivities of weak GOP members (assuming they really want to solve the issue). As you are reading through them, imagine the powerful ads that could be created to expose all the Democrats opposing them, particularly those senators up for re-election in red states.
Border Security
1) Fund the wall with foreign aid from home countries of illegal aliens: H.R. 6657, sponsored by Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., would reduce foreign aid to countries whose nationals are apprehended at the border by $2,000 per illegal. The funds would be directed to an account for the border wall. In addition, it would levy fees on foreign remittances and raises certain fees for visa applications, with the funds going towards a salary raise and restoring overtime pay for border agents.
2) El Chapo Act: H.R. 2186, sponsored by Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, would capture the criminal forfeiture funds of wealthy drug smugglers to be used for the border wall.
3) End visa overstays by requiring bond: In addition to finally implementing a biometric visa tracking system to stop the 700,000 annual overstays, which was flagged by the 9/11 commission as a major vulnerability, H.R. 6089, sponsored by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, would require certain classes of visa applicants who are prone to overstay their visas to post bond upon entry to the country. H.R. 463, sponsored by Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., would mandate jail time for most visa overstayers and bar them from reapplying for a certain number of years.
4) End Central American fleecing of America: H.R. 391 would finally clarify the true definition of asylum and unaccompanied alien children, which would exclude 99 percent of the current flow of aliens from receiving any legal status and mandate that they be deported expeditiously, along with their illegal alien relatives already in the country.
Read the rest of the 25 no-brainer plans HERE.

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