How to enact a patriotic immigration reform

Henry Dampier writes:

In a universal suffrage democracy, mass agitation isn’t actually quite so important as it sometimes seems. The way to get a law passed is to bribe politicians to pass the laws that you write, and then those politicians will use the bribe money to agitate the party faithful to keep them in office. Politicians challenge one another for a chance to be a channel for that bribery. They will also sometimes get the chance to serve on helpfully labeled committees and caucuses that tell bribers from different industries whom they should funnel money to, for convenience purposes.

Bribing officials must always happen for private advantage at public expense, because otherwise there would be no motive to do it — and the advantage must come at the expense of some group.

The only successful conservative pressure group in the United States is the National Rifle Association. It has consistently fought for a single issue, amassed support for that issue, and ignored attempts to dilute its message for decades. It has the support of the explicitly written 2nd Amendment, but even that was tenuous for a while.

Would an anti-immigration pressure group be able to achieve similar results?

It might be possible for an organization to raise money from a broad base of supporters for the singular purpose of pressuring the federal government to tighten enforcement of immigration laws, and to reduce total immigration.

The organization would need to have enough pull to counteract the efforts of industries who benefit from low-wage labor, politicians who benefit from impoverished clients, and ideologues who believe in a world without borders.

However, by focusing on a single issue it might be able to have a big enough punch. Industry is not unanimously in favor of unlimited immigration; the organization could unite those businesses who do not benefit from slave-wage labor. The political parties’ support bases are not unanimously in favor of unlimited immigration: Republicans depend on support from law and order suburbanites; Democrats need votes from underclass whites and blacks both. Ideologues are largely hopeless, but largely uninfluential.

It could work. It’s just a question of numbers.


The Beor the Old Amnesty Plan

The first step to fixing America’s immigration problem is guaranteeing effective enforcement of the law. There are an estimated 11 million to 30 million illegal aliens currently residing inside the borders of the United States. I propose a strict enforcement regime: any illegal alien found inside the borders of the United States will be immediately imprisoned for 3 years*, and upon completion of the 3 year sentence the illegal alien will be summarily deported**.

But I also propose a universal amnesty: illegal aliens will have 6 month window between the passage of the Undocumented Immigrant Universal Amnesty Act  and the institution of the imprisonment regime to vacate the United States. Any illegal alien found inside the borders of the United States before the end of the 6 month term will not face immediate imprisonment, but instead be allowed to return to his homeland unmolested. Of course, he will not be issued any revocation of illegal alien status, and if he remains inside the United States after the 6 month amnesty window, he will be imprisoned for 3 years and deported afterward.

I think this is fair.

*To save money, the prisoners could be held in an open-air prison outside Nogales, Arizona. I got the 3 year imprisonment idea from Steve Sailer.

**To save money, prisoners who didn’t originate in Mexico could be transported by container ship.

Immigration reform

Republicans in congress rightly insist on the prerequisite for reforming immigration law be that the border is enforced. But it must also be proven that the border is enforced. There is only one thing the government can do that will prove that immigration law is enforced. The illegal aliens need to be expelled from the United States.

Expelling the illegal aliens is immigration reform.