One thing that certainly cannot be said about me is that I hide or sidestep tough issues. You will always know where I stand. Immigration is one of many topics right now that is divisive and could even make or break a campaign. Come what may, here’s my proposal and beliefs. I hope you will consider them carefully. (For my plans on border security please see my former post.)

1. Legal immigration

Individuals who wish to come to the United States through work visas, green cards, and other legal processes should be able to do so efficiently and with dignity. I have a close friend who has dual citizenship in Russia and Spain. Though he spent several years in the United States as an exchange student, it still requires an excruciating process and 3-6 months to renew his visa to come back. We should have a security screening process in place that treats all immigrants equally, but the entire system needs reformed for efficiency as well as more provisional opportunities for those who come with no intent of aggression, whether it is for work, education, vacation, or relationships. People from around the world should be welcome with open arms to the United States of America and the processes for documented entrance with all its benefits should be welcoming and dignified without compromising our security.

2. Undocumented migration

When I hear people say we are being invaded on our southern border I get rather annoyed to be honest. I have seen firsthand both on the southern border and the northern border of the U.S. that there are problems. There is drug trafficking. There is trespassing on private property. There is sex slavery. But we are not being invaded. People should be free to migrate across U.S. borders without facing machine guns, deportation, or incarceration. Only those who commit violent offenses should be kicked out; they should be kicked out immediately and not welcomed back. Yet, they should first receive due process and a fair trial. Sorry, but that’s what I support. The security issues presented by free migration can be solved through the cooperation of local and state law enforcement. If someone enters Texas undocumented but they don’t pose any threat, they should be welcomed. Because they chose to migrate without being documented they should not receive American privileges such as welfare, public education, or voting rights. They should be allowed to work, buy and sell, own property, and raise their family as our neighbors. You might ask how do we know they don’t pose a security risk? Well, how do we know someone who comes through “legally” doesn’t pose a security risk? After all, the 9/11 hijackers came in legally with fake identification. They were not migrants from Mexico who crossed our national border with the intent of terrrorsm. The security risk exists no matter how we allow someone into our states and no matter how intense the screening process is. That being said, if we know a terrorist and we track them crossing from Canada into northwestern Washington, we should capture them, investigate them thoroughly and deport them if we find we were right about their intentions. Otherwise, I support free migration.

3. Borders and private property

In my plans for border security I state that it should primarily be left to border states. This is because I see nothing in the Constitution that gives the federal government authority to regulate our borders. They do it anyway by calling it a national security issue, but it’s still unconstitutional. The POTUS does have constitutional authority to control legal immigration, such as having authority to place a temporary ban from Peru. But border security is a state issue and a private property issue. Just as I have the right to shoot someone if they trespass on my property, so those living near the border have the same rights. You also have the right to open your ranch and let them work for a warm meal. It’s your property, not the federal government’s and they should not be allowed to take your authority away.

I might have just lost your vote but at least you know where I honestly stand. I believe I am holding to my principles of individual, inherent right to life and inherent dignity for all. Let’s remember always that our Constitution doesn’t grant us rights; it protects what the founders believed to be inherent rights. These rights aren’t ours because we are Americans. These rights belong to all mankind. As Americans, we are honored to be those who protect those rights with a Constitution that restricts government, not you and not the undocumented migrant worker from Guatemala.