By: Susan Bea Good
I’ve written a few times, here, here, and here, about my views on the culpability and vulnerability of illegal immigrants living in the US. I hope I’ve been clear that I have no desire to see innocent people get hurt, nor do I hate anyone. I do however have a remedy to offer for the problem of illegal immigration.
Most honest people understand that those residing in our country without legal permission are committing a crime, thus they are classified accurately as “illegals.” Hopefully we also realize that among that population are many good people who came to America in a desperate attempt to gain better lives for their families.
Presently there are an estimated eleven to thirty million souls living illegally in the United States. Most are families in various stages of life, mothers with children, grandparents, working fathers, and young people just starting out their adult lives. All are vulnerable to abuse by employers, school officials, criminals, and Democrats.
Obama’s 2012 Dream Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) bestowed protections on the children of illegals. How can we argue with that policy? Children are not responsible for the illegal actions of their parents, though they may become the ones able to offer a future hope for them.
We can’t ignore though that there is another segment of that illegal population, made up of teen gang members, and men and women who commit crimes such as drunk driving, rape, drug distribution, identity theft, welfare fraud, child abuse, and murder.
Presidential candidate Donald Trump regularly voices his remedy for illegal immigration. “We have to get them out. If we have wonderful cases, they can come back in but they have to come back in legally.”
Other Republican candidates’ immigration remedies range from doubting mass physical deportation could be done, to believing it should not be done.
As a Christ-follower who has personally known a few “illegals,” I have a four-step remedy that does not demand mass forced deportation.
First, the E-verify system should be used to stop the employment of illegal residents.
Second, all government welfare (EBT, Section 8, etc.) should cease for non-citizens.
These first two steps will result in most families returning intact to their countries of origin, where extended family reside.
Third, All those who commit crimes should be forcefully deported with no chance of ever being considered for re-entry into America.
Fourth, young independent adults under the Dream Act would be allowed to remain and apply for citizenship. These young people may become the hope of their self-deported family members, as they apply for sponsorship-immigration on their behalf.
Following these four policy steps may eventually allow a “path” for legally obtaining residency. Though neither quick or easy, any path is a “gift,” and one I believe most Americans would be willing to offer, even to those who have broken our laws.
Lastly, and this is a non-negotiable requirement- No one who has ever entered or resided in this country illegally can ever vote in our elections! None! Never ever!
Or, we can send out the National Guard to drag suspected illegals out of their “casas,” drive them to the border at El Paso, pry open Trump’s Big Beautiful Door, and boot them all through to the Mexican side.
“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his deed.” (Proverbs 19:17/ESV)
The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and be a part of it. Adonai Eloheinu!