After almost a century, the words of Theodore Roosevelt still address the
problems facing our nation today in the area of illegal immigrants. We would do
well to heed his advice!
"In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here
in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be
treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to
discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin.
But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American, and
nothing but an American... There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who
says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We
have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag,
which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it
excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile... We have room
for but one language here, and that is the English language...and we have room
for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."
Theodore Roosevelt, 1907
Until the U.S. Federal government finds a way in which to make illegal
immigration UNATTRACTIVE, both the individual AND the appropriate foreign
governments will continue to encourage illegal entry into the U.S. Presently the
potential REWARDS greatly exceed the known penalties! (Especially for the
foreign government! The illegal immigrant is usually rewarded with eventual
legal status or even citizenship.)
Therefore, it is suggest that the citizens of the U.S. both urge and demand that
The Federal Congress of these United States consider AT LEAST the following
proposals in an attempt to put a stop to this criminal and illegal behavior:
- Clarify our citizenship laws to bring them into conformity with our Federal
Constitution. The 14th Amendment to the Constitution clearly states:
"All persons born in the United States, and subject to the
jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States" (emphasis
added). Thus there are two criteria which must be met before a child born in the
U.S.A. can be considered a citizen: (1) Birth in the United States and (2)
Subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. Illegal entrants are
not "subject to the jurisdiction" of the United States, and
consequently neither are their children. To eliminate the present problem of
granting citizenship to infants NOT subject to the jurisdiction of the United
States (since the parents are illegal), Congress needs to go on record as
legally declaring that the child of an illegal alien inherits the status of his
parent; thus, the child, like his parent, should be deemed to be an illegal
alien. Our Constitution does not presently declare that everyone born in the
U.S.A. is a citizen, to be a citizen the infant must legally be "subject to
the jurisdiction" of the U.S.A. Thus ONE of the infant's parents (and if it
is the father, this must by PROVED by DNA testing!) must be a U.S. citizen at
the time of the child's birth. By automatically granting citizenship to the
child of an illegal entrant, we presently reward illegal
entrants for violating American law. Congress needs to discourage, not
encourage, illegal aliens from violating the laws of the United States.
- All individuals and businesses which employ illegal entrants to the U.S.A.
must be substantially penalized for encouraging and supporting illegal
immigration. At a minimum the Fine should equal: (a) DOUBLE the legal hourly
minimum wage for all the time the illegal "worked" for the individual/business
PLUS (b) an additional amount equal to DOUBLE what should have been paid to
FICA. After ONE (two or at most three) "offenses," the
individual or business employing an illegal entrant MUST lose any license/permit
they hold allowing them to engage in the activity for which they hired the
- All illegal immigrants will be treated by the arresting authority as
felons and considered to have "contracted" with whomever "assisted"
them to enter the U.S.A. If they engaged in illegal entry on their own, then
they are solely responsible for their offense. Thus, alone or assisted, they are
treated as smugglers and felons themselves.
- All illegal entrants captured by any Federal, State or local police
authority will be jailed as felons and must serve a minimum period of time in
jail as specified by law (e.g., 18 months). Such felons can only be
released, after serving the minimum required period of time in jail, into the
custody of the national government where they hold citizenship. The American
jurisdiction which had imprisoned the criminal alien may only transport the
alien to the nearest Embassy or Consulate of that government of which the alien
is a citizen. That foreign government will be billed by the appropriate
political jurisdiction for all expenses incurred due to the criminal aliens
illegal entry into the U.S.A., capture, and mandatory imprisonment. Failure by
the foreign government to pay such expenses will result in the costs being
deducted from any and all forms of financial assistance provided that government
by the U.S. Federal government. Should this prove unproductive, the billed
expenses will be added as "import taxes" to all goods shipped from that foreign
nation into the U.S.A. U.S. Federal assistance and/or loans to such governments
may not be increased by the U.S. Federal government to cover, include, or take
into consideration the fees required due to that foreign government's
encouragement or support (active or passive) of illegal entry into the U.S.A..
Such loans may not be forgiven or otherwise "paid" by the U.S.
The foreign government may directly pay to the appropriate U.S. governmental
jurisdiction all expenses incurred in the capture and imprisonment of an illegal
immigrant to the U.S.A.
- All illegal immigrants captured within the territory of the United States
will have their finger prints and photographs taken for future identification
purposes. Said felons will be classified as "undesirable" and not allowed to
legally enter the United States for a minimum of TEN years.
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