Flynn Broady on Immigration Way Forward
Q. What, if anything, needs to be done to fix our immigration system. How should Congress address the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in our nation?
A. First, I would promote an increase of measures to protect all our borders, not just the southern border, by use of humane border patrol enforcement. A wall would violate private property rights, dehumanize people on both sides, and harm the natural environment.
Simultaneously, I would redouble enforcement of laws that penalize employers who hire undocumented workers, and those workers would be terminated. No undocumented person would be allowed to work without a green card or other legal process.
Then I would work to establish a pathway to legal residence and/or citizenship for those already in the country. They would not be allowed to work until they had obtained documentation. Any law-abiding person found in the country would have an opportunity to go through the process. INS would be required to provide sufficient resources for timely processing. Anyone convicted of a significant felony or violent crime, or found outside the allowable process period would immediately be deported. I believe that most undocumented immigrants want to become documented and would follow this process if they knew and understood it.