A favorite phrase of the Democrats (and some Republicans) is “comprehensive immigration reform.” Of course, this means that the proposed reforms are anything but comprehensive.
When politicians say “comprehensive immigration reform,” they mean amnesty for those who have illegally entered and stayed for many years. Some Republicans oppose amnesty, but we have no legal choice. Yes, our only LEGAL choice is amnesty for the trespassers.
Property rights are not absolute. If I open McRaju’s Restaurant, I have to defend the name. If I see another McRaju’s Restaurant, I have to file a lawsuit. If I let people use the name, I will eventually lose the right to that name.
If I own 1000 acres of land, I have to defend it. If people settle on my land illegally, and I am aware of their presence, I have to evict them. If I fail to take action as soon as possible, I might lose the land. I can’t approach the settlers twenty years from now and tell them to leave. They have the legal right to stay because I failed to evict them when I knew they were there. They are protected under by prescriptive rights.
Because the United States government failed to evict the trespassers, even when made aware of their presence, the government has lost the right to deport. The government let them stay, the government let them start a life here, so the government has to legalize them. They are here by prescriptive right. The Customs and Immigration Enforcement can put them at the end of the citizenship line, but it may not deport them. This concept (prescriptive rights) needs to be explained to the American people.
Quick edit at 3:57pm today: I want to include a link to another blogger’s post on immigration reform, which you may find interesting: Immigration reform is coming, by Lion.
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While we are on the subject of immigration reform (and not just amnesty), perhaps we can streamline some visa categories. Are all these levels of performance visas really necessary?
Performance visas: P-1 visas for performers who are internationally recognized, meaning 25,000 fans, or maybe 25,000 album sales. I don’t know. If the performer is part of an artist exchange (we play for you, you play for us), they don’t need a minimum number of fans; they just need a P-2 visa. If the performer does not meet either of the two criteria above, but are performing in a program that is culturally unique, they get a P-3 visa. I don’t know what level of uniqueness meets the government definition of unique. The government also has O visas and Q visas; O is for extraordinary abilities and Q is International Cultural Exchange participants.
The H visas are much more important and even more complex, but we won’t go into those details today.