ny sovereign nation, wanting to remain as such, needs to regulate its borders. Not having done so sufficiently, the United States now has millions of immigrants here who followed the rules, and millions more who did not. In addition to outlining for the body politic exactly what the immigration laws are, two immigration-related questions must be addressed now:
First, how do we view the millions of undocumented residents?
And secondly, how do we realistically prevent millions more from illegally entering, while others patiently wait their place in line? A fair solution exists for both questions.
First, give all undocumented residents until January 2019 to pay an illegal entry fine, perhaps $2,000. This would allow them to remain as legal residents, but not citizens with voting rights. Those who do not pay the fine will have to leave or risk being deported. Given the billions of dollars currently being sent “home” by undocumented residents, most will pay the fine.