Immigration Reform: my thoughts
Posted in the Immigration Reform Forum
#1 Apr 8, 2014
My guiding principles on immigration reform:
1. Strengthen border control.
2. Stop deportation till 12/31/2015.
3. Have all illegal immigrants register on a national database by 12/31/2015, including the duration of stay in US.
4. Have a criteria defined for providing legal status such as minimum 5 years in us, or born in US.
5. Make the illegal immigrants pay subsidized back-taxes for the time in US to gain legal status (not citizenship), deport all those who cannot pay. Legal status should be time bound say 10 years, like for other legal non-immigrants.
6. Lay a pathway to Citizenship in fair practice with what it is for all other legal immigrants - Employer to file for GC, national qouta etc. If they are not able to find a sponsor, they have enough time to plan for life back home.
7. Focus on reforms for legal immigrants, don't penalize them for following Law and don't hold them hostage while working out reforms for illegal immigrants.
8. If a GC has been started for an individual don't make employers pay for H1B renewals every year after the 6 year cap. If the processing is slow and the demand for international talent is high in a field of work, respect that make it easier for individuals to be productive.
9. Spouses on H4 in many instances are just as capable if not more, define a process for employers to file for their EAD without CAP and base it purely on Merit. Standards can be set accordingly. There is need for this reform where GC processing is extremely slow and takes about 15-16 years to complete.
My thoughts above are my thoughts alone; they don't align to any party line.
If you agree with me, please spread it with your peers and if possible with your representatives at congress.
- Humble Legal Non-Immigrant @ USA
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