A proposal for serious immigration reform – Orange County Register


Migrants reach through a border wall for clothing handed out by volunteers, as they wait between two border walls to apply for asylum Friday, May 12, 2023, in San Diego. Hundreds of migrants remain waiting between the two walls, many for days. The U.S. entered a new immigration enforcement era Friday, ending a three-year-old asylum restriction and enacting a set of strict new rules that the Biden administration hopes will stabilize the U.S.-Mexico border and push migrants to apply for protections where they are, skipping the dangerous journey north. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Last Sunday, this newspaper published an op-ed written by my friend Dr. Jim Doti of Chapman University entitled “U.S-Mexico Border: Open It.”

Although I agree with the spirit of the column, I do not agree with the policy proposed by Dr. Doti.

Furthermore, I believe I have a better, more workable and more acceptable proposal.

Virtually everyone agrees that the situation on our southern border is a disaster, and there is really no relief in sight.

What to do?

I have a suggestion that was the brainchild of Larry Sharpe of New York, who was my former running mate when I was campaigning for the Libertarian nomination for president in early 2020.

It is called a program of “Two Ellis Islands.”

This program would authorize two private companies to install an immigration service center, probably with one being on the Texas-Mexican border and the other on the California-Mexican border.

Immigrants could go there, apply and pay a reasonable fee to the companies to process their application, which would include a background check for such things as mental, physical and criminal justice histories and even possible terrorist sympathies.

If the applicants passed the background check they could be provided with an “Orange Card” that would allow them to migrate to and work in any state that desired to be a part of the program. And if they could support their families, they could bring them as well. But these immigrants would be required to support themselves, as no welfare would be permitted except for truly emergency medical care and K-through-12 schooling for their children.

Furthermore, since each immigrant would be required to re-apply every two years, if they did not do so or were not compliant with the program, they could be deported.  Finally, since their eventual employers would be required to pay a finder’s fee to the appropriate “Ellis Island” company, the program would be self-supportive.

Although there would be no change with our current governmental approach to immigration, soon many immigrants would see the benefits of going through this private system.


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