The United States is a nation of immigrants. Moreover, we have a long aspired to achieve cooperative relations with all of our neighbors. In addition, a major portion of the United States was once a part of Mexico and so there are many historic and family connections between those living in the United States and those living in Mexico that are not severed simply because some assembly of politicians drew a new borderline on a map one day.

Predatory elements in US political affairs tries to conflate immigration, naturalization, and visa issues on the one hand with issues of crime, terrorism, economic recession on the other hand and thus demonizing foreigners and fanning the flames of fears among Americans that foreigners are crossing the border to violently harm us. However, violent criminals can just as easily cross borders at border checkpoints showing their own authentic passports. Violent criminals do not have distinguishing marks a border agent can readily identify and so such violent criminals do not need to sneak into the country at uncontrolled border crossing. Using border enforcement for crime prevention is therefore ridiculously misguided. It needlessly bloats government spending and improperly increases police powers of government in a thoroughly failed and misdirected strategy to address crime by focusing attention on borders instead of targeting criminal activity directly.

In terms of our economy and working conditions, undocumented workers do not create economic downturns. We must remember that undocumented workers add more value than they get paid in return, so though they increase the supply of workers, they simultaneously increase the demand for products of work. The major concern is that the threat of deportation and incarceration allows the unlawful employers who hire these workers and to abuse their dire circumstances to hyper-exploit them. The scapegoating of immigrant workers therefore provides employers with the power of hyper-exploittion which tends to undermine the bargaining power of all workers.

A truly free and fair trade pact among all nations of North America would leverage the important Green principle of bioregional political administration where it is far easier to protect and control entering migrants and contraband items along Colombian-Panamanian border (or the Panama isthmus canal) and the surrounding coasts of North America than attempting to police some of the largest international borders in the World: those several borders we share with Canada and Mexico. So a North American trade pact can greatly lift the burdens of government enforcement if we can achieve it. However, such a trade pact requires lifting the labor, environmental, commercial, and financial regulatory standards and democratic-republic governance of all countries involved (including the United States).

To move towards a more prudent immigration policy, I support new immigration reform legislation with the following features:

  1. An end to criminalization of migration and hiring; instead application of civil laws only and where genuine criminal laws are violated an enforcement of those proper criminal laws. We do not need to also criminalize migration or hiring to over-inflate the impact of those relatively minor social injuries.
  2. Employer focused civil regulatory enforcement where employers are held responsible for damages caused in hiring immigrant workers who do not enjoy authorization to work within the US.
  3. Guarantee all workers – regardless of immigrant status – a collective bargaining agreement (unless working within an inherently non-adversarial worker cooperative or hired by an employer who employees ten or fewer employees).
  4. Pursuit of full employment fiscal and monetary policies and greater automatic stabilization mechanisms (such as more substantial unemployment insurance benefits).
  5. Renegotiation and expansion of NAFTA to bring the same stronger fiscal and labor standards to all signatories along with stronger environmental standards throughout the continent. Such a fair trade agreement with Canada, Mexico and other countries in North America would also follow the lead of the European Union and allows workers to travel freely and seek work throughout North America just as European Union citizens can travel freely between and work within any of the EU member nations. Such a trade pact reduces the size of government and needless bureaucracy by consolidating regulatory mechanisms and removing government intrusive enforcement out of the vast majority of work relations and the benign migratory affairs of those living on our same continent.
  6. A Marshall Plan for North America which facilitates the cooperation of all nations in North America to bring sustainable, renewable, and green energy to our entire continent and builds an infrastructure of sustainable transportation and communication systems throughout all our cities and towns. Such a Marshall Plan can leverage the abundant desert solar capabilities of the Southwest United States and Mexico and other Central American countries, the pumped storage and run-of-the-river hydroelectric capabilities of the mountainous regions of North America and the abundant wind capabilities throughout various regions of North America. By deploying efficient and sustainable transportation systems for passengers, freight, electrical energy, natural gas, RF spectrum and data packets we will provide a continental infrastructure which greatly lifts the productive capacities of the entire population. We will also greatly reduce the per capital energy consumption of each US and Canadian resident through many conservation measure while raising the raising the energy consumption capabilities of our neighbors South of the border.
  7. Amnesty and permanent resident status (along a path to citizenship) for current undocumented immigrants and a path to citizenship (immigrants and immigrant workers should not be held accountable for misconceptions about the law created by incompetent, malicious, and corrupt enforcement of current and past executive branch administrations and improper legislation which overreaches beyond the powers granted to our properly limited government).
  8. Amnesty for current employers but with a clear signal that future employers will face civil actions to the full extent of the law. (employers should not be held accountable for misconceptions about the law created by incompetent, malicious, and corrupt enforcement of current and past executive branch administrations and improper legislation which overreaches beyond the powers granted to our properly limited government.