Have you ever driven faster than the posted speed limit? Chances are you probably have. I have. And I was breaking the law. I have also been caught by the police while doing this. My punishment, however, was not jailtime, but rather a fine. The offense is not deemed great enough to warrant jail time and a simple fine will suffice.
Why is illegal immigration considered worse? If someone enters the country without permission, and then breaks no other law, if they are productive workers and good members of the society otherwise, why shouldn’t they be allowed to remain in the country after paying a fine?
This seems likely to result in higher illegal immigration, as potential border-crossers could see it as “if I make it to the US, I can stay”, so this would need to be coupled with completion of the border fence with Mexico or other controls (and why does Mexico get offended at this fence? It’s just an acknowledgement of the current situation, nothing more).
So, the plan is:
- Complete the border fence.
- Allow all existing immigrants to register for this “path to citizenship”, which would include paying a fine.
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