By DONLYN TURNBULLIt’s nice to hear common sense being applied to the immigration reform debate. Republican Congressman Dennis Ross (R-FL) has three simple steps using that little thing called “common sense” which appears to be lacking in Congress these days.
Ross explains three areas that desperately need reform and if we address those issues “we will have had a major impact on immigration without having to touch any ‘pathway to citizenship’ because the pathway already exists,” he told Shark-Tank this past week.
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He’s pushing for significant border control and security calling for proper funding and the crazy idea of “boots on the ground” which seems to elude the current administration.
His second proposal is to ensure an effective Visa program. He explains currently we have many people who do not want citizenship but are simply here for education or economic purposes.
“We need to make sure that those people here for that purpose are given the opportunity to be here and then return home. They’re not here for citizenship…They don’t want to be here for citizenship.”
Our Government has no problem recording and tracking billions of phone calls a day but can’t seem to create a system for tracking expired Visas. Ross expressed the need to remedy the situation.
“We know who has visas when they come here we don’t know when they expire. If we can just correct that loophole we will have made significant strides in immigration.”
His third point was expressing the need for an E-verify program. He explains why by stating that an e-verify program wouldn’t “require our employers to become policeman of the immigration system but at least gives them the right to understand and know whether they are hiring someone here with a legal status.”
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“If we do just those three things,” Ross emphasizes. “Significant border control and security, guest worker program that expands our visa system and an e-verify program we will have had a major impact on immigration without having to touch any quote pathway to citizenship because the pathway already exists.”