Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Principles for Comprehensive Immigration Policy

Minnesota's Competitive edge will depend on how we address the role and place of immigrants in our economy - ranging from the high technology arena to the low skilled areas of our workforce. The following are suggested principles to guide our discourse on this issue.

  • Respect the dignity of the person
  • Keep issues relating to immigrants, legal and illegal, in the policy arena and not the political arena
  • There is a clear distinction between a terrorist and an immigrant (legal or undocumented worker). Each calls for separate responses.
  • Good immigration policy looks at both the costs and benefits of immigration related issues.
  • Mexico and the United States have a symbiotic relationship that impacts a number of issues including immigration policy.
  • Minnesota's increasing ties to a global economy demands a global perspective on policies, especially immigration policy.

If you like your name to be added to these principles (or if you have suggestions) please send a message to and I will add it to the list posted on my blog-

Supporters of the Immigrant Principles

Isabel Chanslor

Marcy Das-Sulc

David Zander

Adeel Lari

Ramon Leon

Barbara Jo Davis

Mary Laeger-Hagemeister

Edwina Garcia

1 comment:

Curtis J. Aljets said...

I would like the following to be added to principles to guide our discourse:

1. The United States has the sovereign right to control non-citizens who enter the US and to prescribe by type, number, place, time and manner of examination for admission.

2. The US and the individual States have the right and the obligation to protect their citizens by discouraging and imposing sanctions on those non-citizens who have broken our civil, criminal, or immigration laws.

3. US citizens adversely impacted by the uncontrolled immigration to the US should be entitled to monetary compensation for the lost of jobs and wages. Although the immigration controls implemented by the US Government have been ineffective, the US Government has not approved or condoned this unlawful invasion and should not be held accountable. All business who are found employing immigrants unlawfully should held financially accountable for the lost of job and wages to those US citizens adversely impacted.

4. The US government is not obligated to those who have entered the US in violation of the Immigration Laws regardless of their country of origin or its close proximity to the United States.

5. As long as large numbers of non-citizens continue to enter the US uncontrolled,without any type of examination or inspection, that avenue of entry can be exploited by terrorist or anyone else wishing harm to the US. Likewise harmful materials, to include illegal drugs, and weapons, can be brought into the US by either US citizens or non-citizens.

6. We all benefit by living in a lawful country, state, county and city. Deterioration of respect for our laws causes a deterioration in the quality of life for all residents.

As you can tell, I believe there are two sides to this issue and you have only focused on the sunny side. In my former position I had to face the fact that there are some bad apples in every basket, so to speak. That includes the people who immigrated from my ancestors home country also. Have you ever examined the number of non-citizens who occupy our jails and prisons? I do not like to dwell on that issue but it is a reality. We need to find ways to assist those who have entered legally to adjust to this country with the least stress and problems. To ignore those who have violated our laws demeans the efforts of those who have played by the rules.

1. We as a country can not afford to offer another amnesty which benefits those who have broken our laws. (A country which rewards only criminals will become lawless)

2. The Government of Mexico is not interested in solving the problem of their under employed citizens coming to the US in violation of our laws because we are their relief valve for pressure caused by overpopulation/underdevelopment.

3. Although we can't afford to remove every non-citizen who entered illegally we need to devise a plan to discourage their continued presence in the US. At the same time we must devise a program to replace them by legally admitting immigrants/non-immigrants we need for our economy without displacing citizens and lawful non-citizen residents.

4. Neither political party will address these issues, but will spin them to serve the needs of their constituents.

Curtis Aljets