“Nearly all Americans have ancestors who braved the oceans – liberty-loving risk takers in search of an ideal – the largest voluntary migrations in recorded history… Immigration is not just a link to America’s past; it’s also a bridge to America’s future.”
– George W. Bush
“I received a letter just before I left office from a man. I don’t know why he chose to write it, but I’m glad he did. He wrote that you can go to live in France, but you can’t become a Frenchman. You can go to live in Germany or Italy, but you can’t become a German, an Italian. He went through Turkey, Greece, Japan and other countries. But he said anyone, from any corner of the world, can come to live in the United States and become an American.”
– Ronald Reagan
“Everywhere immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of American life.”
– John F. Kennedy
“Born in other countries, yet believing you could be happy in this, our laws acknowledge, as they should do, your right to join us in society, conforming, as I doubt not you will do, to our established rules. That these rules shall be as equal as prudential considerations will admit, will certainly be the aim of our legislatures, general and particular.”
– Thomas Jefferson
The Freedom Party supports continued, lawful immigration.
The Freedom Party acknowledges that clear and concise Immigration Law and an understandable Immigration Process is crucial, and the prompt and equal implementation of those laws are imperative.
We support a simple and prompt, one-time Exigent Revision to the Immigration Law which is prudent to address our current situation. After the Exigent Revision is implemented, long-term collaborative legislation should be promulgated to address immigration moving forward.
The Freedom Party believes in LIBERAL granting of “GUEST WORKER” status, and VERY FEW granting of “Naturalized Citizenship”.
The Freedom Party endorses granting naturalized citizenship for spouses (after a 10 year marriage period). However, liberal GUEST WORKER visas and liberal REFUGEE visas can be issued to accommodate the TEMPORARY needs of people seeking jobs or asylum. Such visas would be immediately terminated for anyone committing a felony (resulting in immediate incarceration and subsequent deportation).
Exigent Revision of Immigration Law
- It is necessary to secure our borders from unauthorized entry of people, materials, illegal drugs, and goods. As such, we support expedited building of a border wall (similar to that constructed in Israel) at the US-Mexico border, and adequate Border Patrol, DHS, and FBI oversight to ensure .
- It is necessary to properly vet personnel entering the US to ensure that criminals and terrorists do not enter. As such, we support the exigent suspension of Visas (permanent, temporary, guest, visitor) from any country of origin that both the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security can not pre-certify as having sufficient applicant vetting to ascertain the actual identity and background of any applicant.
- The Freedom Party notes that the existing law is the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (Pub.L. 82–414, 66 Stat. 163, enacted June 27, 1952), also known as the McCarran–Walter Act, restricted immigration into the U.S. and is codified under Title 8 of the United States Code (8 U.S.C. Ch. 12). The Act governs primarily immigration to and citizenship in the United States. It has been in effect since December 24, 1952:
The Act abolished racial restrictions found in United States immigration and naturalization statutes going back to the Naturalization Act of 1790. The 1952 Act retained a quota system for nationalities and regions. Eventually, the Act established a preference system which determined which ethnic groups were desirable immigrants and placed great importance on labor qualifications. The Act defined three types of immigrants: immigrants with special skills or relatives of U.S. citizens who were exempt from quotas and who were to be admitted without restrictions; average immigrants whose numbers were not supposed to exceed 270,000 per year; and refugees. The Act allowed the government to deport immigrants or naturalized citizens engaged in subversive activities and also allowed the barring of suspected subversives from entering the country… It expanded the definition of the “United States” for nationality purposes, which already included Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, to add Guam. Persons born in these territories on or after December 24, 1952 acquire U.S. citizenship at birth on the same terms as persons born in other parts of the United States. A 1962 guideline explained procedures under the Act: The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 requires an alien to apply for a petition for naturalization. This form may be obtained from any office of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, a division of the Department of Justice, or from any court authorized to naturalize aliens.
Before applying, an alien must be at least 18 years old and must have been lawfully admitted to live permanently in the United States. He must have lived in the United States for five years and for the last six months in the state where he seeks to be naturalized. In some cases, he need only have lived three years in the United States. He must be of good moral character and ‘attached to the principles of the Constitution’. The law states that an alien is not of good moral character if he is a drunkard, has committed adultery, has more than one wife, makes his living by gambling, has lied to the Immigration and Naturalization Service, has been in jail more than 180 days for any reason during his five years in the United States, or is a convicted murderer.”- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_and_Nationality_Act_of_1952
- Because there are an estimated ten (10) million undocumented immigrants currently in the US, it is necessary for the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to immediately suspend normal INS activities and redirect all non-enforcement INS personnel to immediately process (complete visa application, photograph, fingerprints, and assign tracking number) for all undocumented immigrants. Such persons shall be issued a temporary 3-year guest worker visa pending the expedited confirmation by FBI/DHS of the background check specified above. The temporary restriction shall be lifted upon successful completion of the background check. The 3-year guest worker visa may be renewed; after 5 years pursuant to 8 U.S.C. Ch. 12, the holder may apply for naturalization.
- We support requiring that anyone applying for the guest worker visa found to have committed a felony shall be immediately deported.
Long Term Legislation
Following enactment of the Exigent Revision of Immigration Law described above the Freedom Party supports Congressional action to revise at least the following specific aspects of the Immigration Laws, to be effective within 3 years:
Set specific limits by country on future immigration
- Eliminate the category exclusion from processing of “immigrants with special skills”
- Establish the category of “Refugee” visa, whereby properly vetted refugees may be admitted to the US on a temporary basis, for a term until the basis for the refugee status is resolved and they can return to their native country (i.e., a War Refugee is repatriated upon conclusion of the war).
- Establish that going forward after the Exigent Revision of Immigration Laws is completed (evidenced by a return of the INS to normal duties), anyone caught in the US illegally shall be immediately deported back to their home country; a repeat offender shall be guilty of a felony and serve a minimum of 2 years in a Federal prison.
The Freedom Party notes:
Reglamento de la Ley General de Poblacion — the General Law on Population enacted in Mexico in April 2000, which mandates that federal, local and municipal police cooperate with federal immigration authorities in that country in the arrests of illegal immigrants. Under the Mexican law, illegal immigration is a felony, punishable by up to two years in prison. Immigrants who are deported and attempt to re-enter can be imprisoned for 10 years. Visa violators can be sentenced to six-year terms. Mexicans who help illegal immigrants are considered criminals. The law also says Mexico can deport foreigners who are deemed detrimental to ‘economic or national interests,’ violate Mexican law, are not ‘physically or mentally healthy’ or lack the ‘necessary funds for their sustenance’ and for their dependents. – http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/may/3/mexicos-illegals-laws-tougher-than-arizonas/
The Freedom Party recommends that Congress make the US law on violators consistent with the concept of reciprocity and those laws cited above.