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A SIMPLE SOLUTION TO THE IMMIGRATION DILEMMA - BY BOTH JUSTICE AND MERCY.|
Every country has an immigration policy. It is natural for any country to welcome certain kinds of people to immigrate to it, settle down, contribute to it, and become its citizens in due time. America is a land of immigrants. This is a fact, not a choice. Dealing with this fact is what the debate on immigration policy should be about.
Trump's immigration policy is a policy FOR immigration, but it adopts the viewpoint of the citizens of America in deciding whom it wants to become its future residents and potential citizens. All would be immigrants to America must first of all, do no harm to America, and do good to America. This simple rule is universal, humane and effective.
Doing no harm and doing good to America can be evidenced by the words of the would-be immigrant applicant and by his or her actions. Words and actions - again, universal yardsticks to measure the worthiness of any person for any position, job or title.
Words that harm America are those that preach the state should be subjugated to religion, i.e., a theocracy, much as Americans are a religious people, they know that the protection of their rights depends on the state respecting religion and religion respecting the state, also called the separation of church and state. The Sharia does not respect this principle. Therefore, if any applicant for immigration states that he believes in the Sharia Law as a valid model for America, his words, even as just words, are an attack on the democratic ideals of the country he or she wants to immigrate to. No way. America is not just a place, but also a way of life, a body of values, and a system of laws. Those who speak words that attack this system are not worthy of special treatment as immigrants.
The other is the criterion of action or acts. If a person has already committed robbery, rape or murder, how can he be a worthy candidate for the privilege of immigration? Immigration is a privilege granted by the American people through its government to a non-citizen to live in America, a privilege that must be earned, not demanded. Acts count even more than words, but BOTH have to count, in the final choice of who becomes an immigrant, and who should not.
Those who have illegally immigrated to the United States have already violated its system of laws, and as such, must make amends for it, even if they would otherwise qualify to be immigrants. Such amends must be reasonable, meaningful, and doable. One such amend is to be admitted under a parole system, where the applicant pays a higher tax for the next ten years, gives up certain entitlements, or provides other benefits to his or her adoptive country in the form of investments, inventions, and other contributions. This is fair, humane and effective. The end result is not a denial of immigration, but a validated immigration that will lead to the benefit of the immigrant AND of American society in general.
Deportations only for proven undesirables. Immigration for those who made their presence and their activity desirable for America. In time, the amends that the violators must do will go up, to the point nobody would want to violate those laws and regulations ever again. Making amends is like atonement for sins. Let this be the Jubilee year where illegals are given the chance to atone for their violations, but once Trump becomes President, new rules and new amends will be put into place to make future violations extremely undesirable for would be immigrants. At the same time, he will inaugurate an open season for those who have erred in the past, to come clean, to work to quality as immigrants, and to be granted immigrant status if they tried their best to qualify for it.
Justice and mercy are twins virtues. No one is above the law. But no law is above the national conscience or will, which has the right to change any law in accordance with its values and priorities.