Immigration is a complex issue. Our country was built by immigrants who worked hard to realize the American Dream. Legal immigration is one way that we enrich our nation, but immigration must be in a controlled fashion, respecting the rule of law, the rights and welfare of current citizens. We want immigrants to participate and fully engage in our “melting pot” culture as contributors to our nation.
The power to regulate immigration belongs solely to the federal branch of government. The Constitution charges all of its members to:
“…insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity”
This charge includes maintaining our national sovereignty, our borders and our laws. Governing the naturalization of immigrants falls upon Congress (Article I, Section 8) while the President holds plenary authority over foreign policy, which is commonly interpreted to include immigration (Article II, Section 2).
We advocate policy and programs that address the root causes of illegal immigration, both domestic and foreign while remaining true to the Constitution. Some of these causes include:
- Poor economic and living conditions in other countries
- Employment regulations including minimum wage laws and the Affordable Care Act, which make illegal workers attractive to businesses.
- Lack of flexible immigration procedures to allow for temporary work visas with monitoring to ensure these workers return home.
We also advocate for policy and programs that:
- Enforce our borders from future illegal immigration
- Protect our citizens from dangerous, unvetted immigration
- Retain our national sovereignty
- Handle the illegal immigrants here now in a way that respects our laws but also recognizes that the inalienable human rights described in our Declaration of Independence are endowed to every person, not solely American citizens.
Some of these policies may include:
- Hold state and local governments accountable to follow national law. States and cities have no Constitutional authority to choose to declare themselves “sanctuary cities” as a way to avoid complying with Federal law.
- Immediate deportation of all illegal aliens who have been found guilty of a crime.
- Better tracking of temporary visa holders to ensure that they return home when their visa expires.
- Many of our members advocate challenging the interpretation of Section 1 of the 14th amendment as conferring birthright citizenship to the children of non-citizens, particularly those born to individuals who are in country illegally. The Supreme Court has clearly indicated that the children of legal aliens are afforded birthright citizenship (US v. Wong Kim Ark, 1898) and illegal aliens are afforded due process under this amendment (Plyler v. Doe, 1983). The issue of the children of illegal aliens has not been ruled upon.
We would advocate that as naturalization is the purview of the legislative, not the judicial branch, that Congress has the authority to amend the Immigration and Naturalization Act to end this practice which is based on the feudal principle of jus solis or obedience to a sovereign based on place of birth. It is not commonly practiced elsewhere in the world and encourage continued public debate of this issue.