Chris Cannon and I have talked about this a lot. What I want (round 'em up and ship 'em out) and what is actually feasible. So I contacted Chris Cannon's office and asked for a point by point stance on immigration from him. They emailed the following to me, which, as I understand it, has also been published in the Deseret News. It's good information:
Please give — point by point — your solution to the U.S. illegal immigration problem?
Point 1: Complete the Border Fence. I voted for and support and continue to staff up the Border Patrol to cover the entire southwest border.
Point 2: Institute a tamper-proof ID card for all immigrants seeking to work in the United States. This ID card would employ biometrics and interface with an entry-exit database.
Point 3: Strengthen E-verify for employers to eliminate excuses and confusion inherent in our current work verification process. Employers should know in minutes if an applicant is legal.
Point 4: Require any immigrant seeking US Citizenship to demonstrate a proficiency in English, American History, and Civics.
Point 5: Institute "Catch and Deport" while mandating that after a certain date, any person found in the US illegally, would be barred from re-entry for any reason for 10, 20, or more years.
Point 6: Create a process whereby anyone currently in the United States illegally can come forward, pay a fine, receive a criminal background check, go to the end of the line if interested in becoming a US citizen, receive a temporary work status, forfeit all Social Security monies earned, be required to either have employer provided health insurance or a Health Savings Account. If anyone is found to have a criminal history of any kind, they are to be deported and barred from re-entry. If anyone is found after the grace period, they are to be deported and barred from re-entry.
Point 7: Enforce the law and the new programs from day 1.
I can get behind this plan. It is actually one I can live with.
Here's a small bio on Chris, which I liked, which comes from the Judiciary House of Representatives site:
CANNON, Christopher B., a Representative from Utah; born in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, October 20, 1950; B.S., Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 1974; attended Harvard School of Business, Cambridge, Mass., 1974-1975; J.D., Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 1980; lawyer, private practice; solicitor, Department of Interior, 1983-1986; business owner; business executive; Utah Republican Party finance chairman, 1992-1994; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Fifth and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1997-present); one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1998 to conduct the impeachment proceedings of President William Jefferson Clinton.
Thank you, Chris, for getting back to me on this. I appreciate your willingness to always communicate with your constituents.