3) The Wall and border security.
Fences work or we wouldn’t put them up. Ask the Israelis, who saw terrorist attacks drop precipitously after its wall was built. The one-time spending on the Wall will pay for itself very quickly due to the elimination of the billions that would otherwise be spent annually on still more illegal new arrivals.
A wall wouldn’t even be necessary if E-verify was enforced both prospectively and retroactively. If you don’t have either a valid Social Security or Alien ID number (or other legal dispensation), you shouldn’t be able to hold a job in America. Congress must require every employer to utilize the E-Verify database and if they fail to do so, punish them with hefty fines that provide the necessary deterrent.
This presently available option is the remedy to the illegal immigration problem. And the frustrating thing is, it’s been available for quite some time. There simply has been a lack of will from both parties to actually enforce it.
Now the proof will be in the pudding. If Democrats want amnesty for all undocumented youth, they should first have to compromise and allow these items to be passed so we are ensured this is the last amnesty this nation will ever have to provide.
Steve Levy is president of Common Sense Strategies, a political consulting firm. He served as Suffolk County Executive, as a New York State Assemblyman, and host of “The Steve Levy Radio Show.”