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  1. debbie0040 says:

    This proves there will be no need for mass deportation when there is a crack down on illegals in this country. You punish the employers that knowingly hire illegals, take away incentives for illegals to come to this country, (IE:jobs, health care, education) and they will deport themselves.

  2. debbie0040 says:

    This is a very intersting idea for the Guest Worker Program. This was from an email Newt sent out. I am in favor of a guest worker program for those coming to this country legally but against it for those here illegally.

    Ask Newt

    Each week, this newsletter will feature questions from its readers. Have a question? Send an email to Newt at [email protected].
    How about this idea for “guest workers.” Do you think it would work?

    Any “guest-worker” immigration legislation must stipulate that a percentage of their income (10-25%) is escrowed by their employer into a U.S. bank money-market account in the state where the employment occurs. They get the escrowed money when they return to their home country on time and have not violated any U.S. laws. Funds not qualifying, because of violations, are to be given to the state where the money was earned to defray immigration costs.

    Richard H.
    Summerfield, Fla.

    Thanks for the question, Richard.

    I think this idea, and similar ideas like it that have been discussed, could be a very effective part of a work-visa program. Before I get to why I think so, I would like to make the point that in addition to holding some portion of each paycheck in an escrow account, I would like to see all payments to work-visa holders made by electronic direct deposit for the same reason that it adds another tool for enforcing compliance. With electronic payments we would have a way to easily know where in the country the worker is employed and who is paying, and if there is a change in the worker’s legal status, the account could be frozen instantly.

    Now to your question and the two reasons why I like the escrow idea.

    First, it creates an incentive for work-visa holders to return home before their visa expires. Not complying with the law or returning home after the work-visa expiration date would put their escrow money in jeopardy.

    Second, it could help to level the root inequality in opportunity and the pervasive poverty that is driving the wave of foreigners, particularly from countries to our South, to the United States in the first place. Upon their return home from working in the United States, the workers would be able to use the money they have saved in their escrow accounts to start a new small business, perhaps even with another or several other former work-visa holders. Escrow accounts would not only give workers the incentive to go home in order to withdraw the money, it would create the motivation to dream about the day when they can open their own business back home, be their own boss and create and accumulate wealth for their families, and — because small businesses create jobs — for other families in their communities as well.

    Helping hardworking people to start small businesses in their home countries will do far more to improve the long-term health of the economies of Mexico and other Central and South American countries than any amount of U.S. foreign aid that may be offered, which is often poorly spent and is almost never used to tackle the root causes of poverty.

  3. Nativeson says:

    Oh, but wait.

    Might this not cost some Republican real estate agents a good deal of money?

    Also, might it not hasten the arrival of the housing bubble collapse that will cost all of us a good deal of money?

  4. Jeff Emanuel says:

    Hmmm..is it more narcissitic, or more independent-thinking, to quote yourself than to quote others? (See two above comments) A question for another day, perhaps ;-).

    In my opinion, Senator Isakson had it right when he said that securing the border should be the federal government’s first priority, and then they should begin worrying about what to do with the folks here.

    As far as states go, I think that Georgia is showing that it is on the right track, and I think that other states should follow suit. The key on state level to dealing with the illegal immigrants who are already here appears to be for each state to make itself an “inhospitable environment”–in the sense of both employment and taxpayer-funded benefits–and, as they become less and less illegal alien-friendly, illegals will be forced to relocate so frequently that–hopefully!–they decide that this is no longer a “land of opportunity” for them, and eventually leave without having to be forcibly deported.

  5. UGAMatthew says:

    What gets my goose, pardon the colloquialism…
    The line about owning a home being the “American Dream” for Latinos…
    Then become American! Notice, they said Latino and not illegal immigrants, which is the blatant focus of the article. Maybe I’m just way out in left field or naive, but it seems to me to be such a basic tenet…if you are here illegally, you should not and do not have the rights of an American. By all means, you’re guaranteed humane treatment, but for me, that means busing illegals home as opposed to forcing them to walk back home.

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