Recent polling reveals that there are more voters who identify themselves as "Independents" rather than claiming a particular party affiliation. During the upcoming election year, each independent will attempt to sort through the poliitcal rhetoric to find those policitians who support positions near and dear to independent voters. It is time that we, the people, demand that candidates focus on critical issue AND dictate the terms of the platform we will support.
I propose that we, as voters, develop a chekclist of the issues and position statements that are most likely garner our votes. I also propose that we start with immigration policy because the future of this policy is murky at best.
My proposal is simple and straightforward. I will publish my personal checklist of immigration position statements that are critical to me and to the reality in which I live. In turn, you select the NUMBER of the position statement with which you agree through the Gather comment feature: a simple up or down vote! I ask that you feel free to author and add position statements to the checklist. Hopefully, toGATHER we will develop a "comprehensive" immigration policy that we, the people, can support.
You will note that I have not dealt with the issues of "deportation" and/or "the path to citizenship." I prefer to leave those statements for you to construct. I will tabulate all statements and foward the final list to political stakeholders. I pledge to try to keep my position statements brief, succinct, and w/o comment. Although I value the discussion and rebuttal provided through Gather, for the purpose of creating this check list, I hope we can limit both discussion and rebuttal.
I can support a candidate who will support and/or initiate legislation which will:
- Fully fund the construction of the 700 mile border fence between the United States and Mexico which was promised and signed into law by the Bush admisitration;
- Grant a full Presidential pardon to Border Agents Campion and Ramos who were wrongfully convicted for preventing a Mexican drug dealer from entering our country;
- Require the Department of Homeland Security to budget for and fund the establishment of strict criteria for a national driver's lisence;
- Establish a national data base for registering and tracking valid Social Security numbers, national driver's lisences, and individuals who hold or are issued U.S. and foreign passports;
- Impose substantial financial sanctions on employers who employ workers without first checking and verifying the validity of that prospective worker's Social Security card;
- Increase funding for state and local law enforcement in order to enhance their ability to process and arrest illegal immigrants;
- Require local school officials to demand that enrollees present a birth certificate, a valid Social Security number, and verfication of legal residence;
- Re-organize, streamline, and increase federal funding to the Department of Immigration;
- Increase the number of National Guardsmen assigned to support the Border Patrol while granting those Guardsmen increased authority to detain those individuals who attempt to enter illegally; and
- Review the provision of the 14th Amendment which automatically grants citizenship to the children born to illegal immigrants.
Here's my 10 point proposal, what's yours?