Here is a position paper I wrote as part of a group of concerned citizens in 2003 who want changes made to the United States’ Immigration policies. I know there is much controversy related to this subject at the moment, and these comments are not meant to offend anyone. Given the current economic problems in the United States, however, I believe it is critical that the jobs of American Citizens be protected at all costs. The nation, in my opinion, simply cannot afford any other course of action until our economy returns to a stable state.
“Keeping American Jobs in the Hands of American Citizens”
A Proposed National Policy for Managing Immigration
August 9, 2003
For a number of years, American immigration policy has not been focused on the needs of the Citizens of the United States of America. Immigrants are gaining access to taxpayer-sponsored social benefits simply by giving birth while in the United States. Citizens are losing jobs to lower-priced H1-B Visa holders from other countries who only have equal or lesser skills. Bilingual tolerance is allowing people to become citizens without being able to speak or write in English, causing government agencies and businesses to spend resources for these people that should be spent in more important areas. Something must be done to change this.
PROPOSED LEGISLATION CHANGES:
The official Language of the United States of America should be English. This includes written and verbal communications. Bilingualism should not be tolerated in the United States of America, except in the cases of education, where students are taught other languages, and in the privacy of an individual’s home, where the right to speak whatever language the individual pleases should not be infringed upon. Businesses should not be required to support multiple languages, and government offices should not create signs or documents in multiple languages. If an individual wants to be in the United States, they need to conform to our official language and not expect us to accommodate their language.
The H1-B Visa program was designed to allow foreign nationals to work in the United States if they possessed skills not readily available in the United States already, or within a reasonable distance from the work location. This program’s intent is not being followed, as evidenced by the number of foreign nationals from India who are taking American technology jobs away from United States Citizens. These individuals do not possess skills different than the Americans who are losing their jobs, they simply cost less. This is not only a violation of the intent of the program, but it is anti-American, since the costs and impacts to the local economy where Americans are losing their jobs place a burden on society that cannot be easily absorbed.
No one should be permitted to work in the United States unless they possess a skill that is truly not easily available in the United States, and their Visa should only allow them to work for six months without the possibility of extension. This should give the foreign national time to train American workers, which should be the only intent for allowing a foreign national to obtain a work Visa. All Visas should be for a maximum of six months and the foreign national should be required to return to their home country for a period of at least one year before being eligible for another Visa. It is critical that no foreign national be allowed to work in the United States under an arrangement that allows them to take jobs away from qualified American citizens. No foreign national should be allowed to price their services below that of an equally qualified American citizen. Any incentive that currently exists to use foreign nationals instead of qualified American citizens must be removed.
Foreign Nationals should not be granted student Visas for more than one year and should not be allowed to enroll in higher education institutions unless there is an opening once all qualified American citizens have completed their enrollment. This will prevent admitting foreign nationals at the expense of admitting a qualified American citizen into the same institution of higher education. Foreign nationals attending school in the United States must bear the full costs of that education – there should be no taxpayer or United States scholarship funds used on behalf of non-Citizens.
The qualifications for Citizenship and the procedures for obtaining United States Citizenship need serious revisions.
1. If a child is born in the Unites States to parents who are not Citizens of the United States, that child should not automatically be a Citizen of the United States and should not be entitled to taxpayer funded social welfare benefits. The parents should not automatically become Citizens of the United States either and should be entitled to no taxpayer funded social welfare benefits. To be eligible for taxpayer funded social welfare benefits, you should be a Citizen and should have paid into the taxpayer funded social welfare benefits by paying taxes.
2. If a child is born to a parent (or parents) who are Citizens and permanent residents of the United States, that child should automatically be a Citizen of the United States and should be entitled to taxpayer funded social welfare benefits. This is regardless of where the child was born (in the United States or outside the United States). If the parent who is a Citizen of the United States is not a permanent resident of the United States, the child should not automatically be a Citizen of the United States and should not be entitled to taxpayer funded social welfare benefits.
3. If a foreign national marries a Citizen of the United States, that foreign national should not automatically be able to obtain a “Green Card” or become a Citizen of the United States, and should not be entitled to taxpayer funded social welfare benefits, student Visas, or work Visas. Marriage should not be used as a stepping stone to Citizenship. All persons seeking citizenship should have to follow the same procedures regardless of marital relationships with current Citizens of the United States.
4. If a foreign national has a child with a Citizen of the United States, that foreign national should not automatically be able to obtain a “Green Card” or become a Citizen of the United States, and should not be entitled to taxpayer funded social welfare benefits, student Visas, or work Visas. Child birth should not be used as a stepping stone to Citizenship. All persons seeking citizenship should have to follow the same procedures regardless of marital or parental relationships with current Citizens of the United States.
5. With the exception of those requesting political sanctuary in the United States, entry and work documents should be obtained though the United States Embassy or Consulate in the foreign national’s country of origin. Student Visas and work Visas should be monitored closely to ensure that the foreign national leaves the country when the Visa expires.
6. If a foreign national enters the United States illegally, that foreign national should never be allowed to become a Citizen of the United States and should not be entitled to taxpayer funded social welfare benefits, student Visas, or work Visas. The illegal immigrant should be immediately and permanently deported. No one who is not a Citizen of the United States should be able to take jobs away from American Citizens or have access to any taxpayer funded social benefits.
7. Making application for Citizenship should require the foreign national to be fluent in English, have a compelling reason why they should be allowed to become Citizens (either skills, knowledge, capabilities, products, services, or earning potential), and be able to pay the fees required for citizenship. Once the application is accepted, the foreign national should be granted a two-year Resident Alien status (“Green Card”) which will allow that foreign national to remain and work in the United States while their application is being processed. Resident Aliens should not be entitled to taxpayer funded social welfare benefits. All non-minors in the Resident Alien’s family should have to apply for Citizenship individually. All minor children of the Resident Alien should automatically become citizens once the Resident Alien is granted Citizenship and once they pass an English proficiency exam. No Resident Alien should be able to use their Resident Alien status or Citizenship to allow other members of their family entry into the United States. Each individual should apply and be granted Citizenship on their own. Special consideration should be given to families applying together.
Off-Shore Outsourcing of jobs currently in the United States should be made illegal. Just as Foreign Nationals should not be allowed to come to the United States and take away jobs from United States Citizens, so United States jobs should not be moved to other countries. This increases unemployment and strains the taxpayer funded social welfare benefits system, hurts local economies, and weakens the national economy through the loss of income tax revenue, as well as the loss of the buying power of United States citizens. Companies that have moved United States jobs to other countries should be required to bring those jobs back to the United States within one year, with extensions granted only for demonstrable hardships (e.g. manufacturing facilities moved off-shore that must be rebuilt). There should be no financial benefit to companies who outsource work to other countries, thereby causing their own workers to become unemployed.