The Golden Door 

"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!?" ~Emma Lazarus, The New Colossus  

Read this!

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she

With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

That’s the poem New Colossus by Emma Lazarus on a bronze plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty. Read it again. We’ve lost this attitude and America is weaker for it.

We’re a nation of Immigrants.

Our immigration policy is a mess. Our Laws are solid, but often go unenforced. Programs are ill funded. Technology is not being used to its potential. The system is overwhelmed by the great influx of people crashing the Golden Door. Traveling with those seeking freedom and economic opportunity are criminals, drugs, and terrorists.

Oversimplification of the issue exudes from all sides of the argument.

The 505 Plan looks like this.

Build a wall or virtual wall on our southern borders and coasts; Shut it down!

Barriers must, however, be supplemented by patrols, Observation Posts, listening/seismic devices, and Drones, all day, every day. Use TECHNOLOGY!

Personnel will be required to man this initiative and we must have good, highly trained people. Train them and pay them. Augment with the Military. This is as much a National Security issue as Iraq and Afghanistan.

Give those that are already here Amnesty, so long as they register with the Social Security Administration and enter into a specifically designed American Citizenship Track Program with English as a second language classes*. Grandfather them until a Drop-dead Date, and then deport them if they don’t get with the program.

Build an American Foreign Legion in our Army. Make this duty and service a fast track to American Citizenship.

Deport those who break or have broken the law and imprison them if they return. Send the criminals back from wince they came. QUICKLY Execute Violent Offenders.

Aggressively seek out employers hiring undocumented aliens and penalize them heavily for back taxes. Insure they are paying these hard working folks equal pay.

Improve relations with our Southern neighbors; help them and seek their help. Violently attack and destroy the drug cartels.

Fixing this is going to take time, effort and money, but it will probably pay for itself with the increases income from Taxes and these new tax payers begin paying into the coffers.

*I’m for a multilingual America. Every American child should choose a second language, around second grade, and take a section every semester. There is no reason American Children shouldn’t speak Spanish fluently, given the easy access to the language. I wish I had taken Spanish, stuck with my French, and improved my Turkish.

The very next thing we need to do is figure how how we become a Nation who welcome immigrants again.  We are a nation strongest in our diversity.