Practical Steps to Solving Immigration, American Identity, and Border Security

In this week’s Winning the Future:

Those who are trying to force through the Bush-Kennedy-McCain immigration proposal argue that only their version of comprehensive reform will work. They are simply wrong.

Forget that their bill is impossible to implement and that there is no evidence the federal government could possibly administer a Z visa for 12 million-plus (your government cannot tell you to within a million what the number is) people who are here illegally.

A core failure of the Bush-Kennedy-McCain bill is that it makes the problem bigger than it needs to be. By trying to force a single solution in one bill, it makes the system even more unworkable and more likely to fail. By accepting the government’s failure to keep its word for the last 21 years (since the passage of Simpson-Mazzoli in 1986), the Bush-Kennedy-McCain plan both increases the number of people who will be legalized despite their illegal behavior and sends a signal to others to come to America illegally in the expectation that there will inevitably be a third wave of amnesty as we “bow to reality” (in Secretary Chertoff’s phrase) once again about 2017.

Before you believe any of the promises to keep the government’s word THIS TIME see the eerily parallel quotes from the 1986 debate.

There is a dramatically better and simpler alternative. It will lead to fewer people being in America illegally. It will lead to a nation confident that its laws will be enforced. It will signal the world that you can come to America legally but you will not be able to come illegally. It will signal to every American that their uniquely American civilization will be renewed and strengthened.

This approach is far better than the Bush-Kennedy-McCain bill.

Ten Simple, Direct Steps to a Legal American Immigration System

  1. Keep the 1986 Simpson-Mazzoli commitment and control the border. In The Reagan Diaries (HarperCollins, May 22, 2007), President Ronald Reagan wrote that he was going to sign the Simpson-Mazzoli bill because “it’s high time we regained control of our borders and [this] bill will do this.” For national security reasons, it is vital we regain control of our border. Congress should pass a narrowly written emergency border bill to finish the necessary fence in less than a year and to have complete border control within two years.
  2. Announce an immediate shift of Internal Revenue Service resources to audit companies that are deliberately hiring people illegally. We do not have to focus on deporting those who want to work. We need to focus on the Americans who are getting richer by deliberately breaking our laws, hiring people illegally and failing to pay taxes. These people are cheating their own country. We should focus on fining and making it economically impractical for Americans to deliberately encourage law breaking. Economic penalties for knowingly hiring someone who is illegal should rise dramatically with each employer (including subcontractors) conviction, making it simply too expensive to cheat. This will eliminate the magnet of illegal jobs, will begin to diminish the flow of new illegal workers and will lead some illegal workers to return home voluntarily.
  3. Outsource to American Express, Visa or MasterCard the job of building a real-time verification system so that honest companies can confirm the legal status of all workers and identify people with forged papers before they hire them as fast as your automatic teller machine identifies you and gives you money in a matter of seconds. We must distinguish between companies that deliberately hire illegal workers and companies that hire people who they believe are legal. It is the government’s duty to help this second group of companies by providing a real-time verification system for identifying the legal status of all workers so that it is possible to screen out those with illegal documents. The government should outsource the creation of this system so that it is easy, fast and accurate.
  4. Focus deportation efforts on criminals. Those who claim that opponents of the Bush-Kennedy-McCain bill support mass deportations are simply wrong. We want a system in which honest work is available for law-abiding workers and in which the natural attrition of declining job availability will reduce illegal behavior. However, there is one group that should be deported immediately, and the law should be modified to make it easy to do so. Criminals have no future in America. In every major city and increasingly in small cities and even small towns, gangs have become a problem and people feel a rising sense of insecurity. There are at least 30,000 illegal gang members now in the United States. The system should focus on deporting criminals so that people who are here illegally understand that breaking the law will get them deported immediately.
  5. Cut off all federal aid to any city, county or state that refuses to investigate if a criminal is here illegally. These so-called “sanctuary cities” are in effect abetting the violation of American law and increasing the risk to honest, law-abiding Americans. They should be cut off from all federal aid if they refuse to help enforce federal law.
  6. Offer intensive education in English to anyone who wants to learn English, and make English the official language of government. This will begin to reassert the commitment to assimilation and Americanization that has historically been part of legal immigration to America.
  7. Ensure that becoming an American citizen requires passing a test on American history in English and giving up the right to vote in any other country.
  8. Within the context of these proven changes, establish an economically driven temporary worker program like the Krieble Foundation proposals. Any temporary worker would have to pass a background check to ensure they are not a criminal, would have to give biometric information (retinal scan and thumbprint) for a special card that would be outsourced to American Express, MasterCard or Visa so it would be harder to defraud and counterfeit, and would have to sign a contract committing them to pay taxes and obey the law or be removed from the United States within two weeks without recourse to long court processes.
  9. Create a special open-ended worker visa for high value workers who bring specialized education, entrepreneurial talent or capital that will grow the American economy and make America a more prosperous country.
  10. Workers who came here illegally but have a good work relationship and community ties (including family), should have first opportunity to get the new temporary worker visas, but instead of paying penalties, they should be required to go home and get the visa at home. This way they are beginning their new career in America by obeying the law. It is amazing that those who advocate a large fine and the new Z visa, which would be administered in a hopelessly expedited manner, suggest that going home to get a new legal admission to the U.S. is somehow too complicated. If people can break the law by entering the county illegally, they should be able to obey the law and enter America legally.

These 10 steps would lead to a controlled border, a profound revitalization of the core values of American civilization, a renewed respect for the law and an economically driven system of legal temporary workers in an orderly and controllable manner.

This program would work vastly better than the dishonest and hopelessly complex Bush-Kennedy-McCain proposal now being pushed so hard by the establishment against the wishes of most Americans.

Why the Bush-Kennedy-McCain Immigration Bill Is Worse Then You Think

And make no mistake about it: the Bush-McCain-Kennedy immigration bill has to be stopped, once and for all. It was bad to begin with, and the Senate isn’t making it any better. And it’s not like they haven’t had the opportunities. Consider these votes:

The Big Labor Payback Act Is Back

Earlier this year in “Winning the Future,” I warned you about an emerging left-wing political machine.

The left-wing machine is an alliance of activists and union leaders dedicated to their mutual benefit — at the expense of the American people. I was convinced that it’s a real threat when Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s new Democratic majority in the House voted in March to strip American workers of the right to a secret ballot in deciding whether or not to unionize.

They approved something called the “Employee Free Choice Act” which gives employees the kind of “choice” favored by Tony Soprano — the kind you can’t refuse. It exposes every American worker to coercion and intimidation by unions that are attempting to get their dues money. It was the Democrats’ version of payback for union support in last year’s elections.

And now it’s back. The Senate is scheduled to begin debating the bill today. A vote could come as early as Wednesday. Let’s make sure that vote is a vote to defeat union strong-arm tactics and to defend American workers. Call your Senator and tell him or her to oppose the Employee Free Choice Act. Let the Senate know that everyone else may have forgotten about this big labor payback act, but we’re still paying attention.

A Good Idea From a Democrat

Columnist David Ignatius calls it “the political version of fantasy baseball”: A series of debates (“one-on-one face offs”) between a Democratic candidate for President and a Republican one.

Hillary Clinton versus Mitt Romney on health care.

John McCain versus Barack Obama on Iraq.

Rudy Giuliani versus John Edwards on the economy.

It’s an idea being proposed by Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rahm Emanuel (Ill.), and it’s a good one. Attentive readers will note that a couple months ago I proposed “Nine Nineties in Nine” — nine 90-minute debates in the last nine weeks of the campaign. Former New York Democratic Gov. Mario Cuomo and I even had a dialogue at historic Cooper Union to set the trend. I’m happy to see that other smart Democrats are joining the effort to inject some substance back into our presidential campaign debates.

Report on the War

The forces of tyranny and fanaticism won a victory last week when Hamas defeated Fatah in Gaza. The picture of Hamas killers’ dragging bodies through the street and the immediate repression of women’s rights should be a grim reminder of what Britain or America would be like if our enemies win.

In Iraq, the forces of evil blew up an important mosque to try to force a civil war to defeat the forces of civilization and the rule of law. Once again, many more Muslims were killed by these Islamic fanatics, and the dead and wounded among innocent Muslims who want only to live in peace continues to mount.

The Iranian dictatorship responded to the knighting of Salman Rushdie by broadcasting a $150,000 reward for anyone who kills him, even though he now lives in Great Britain.

Circle July 23 on Your Calendar

On July 23, there will be a briefing in Washington on the key steps for transformational change in government. It will be available on the Internet. There will be limited space at the Washington briefing, but if you are interested, you can learn more about it at or simply click here.

Newt Gingrich

P.S. — For Father’s Day, my daughter Jackie wrote this moving tribute to fathers everywhere. I thought you might enjoy it. I know I did.

P.P.S. — Congratulations to Zach Oates of State College, Pa. He is the winner of the Winning the Future “Goose that Laid the Golden Egg” YouTube Contest. His video, “Use Your Mind,” best explained in 120 seconds or less why raising taxes will hurt the American economy. And he did it in a way any sixth-grade classroom or member of Congress would understand.

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