A feasible conservative immigration reform

Recently, news outlets have indicated that the Republican Party is seeking to not only legislatively codify former president Obama's deferred action (DACA) policy against deporting illegal immigrants, but also produce a pathway to citizenship.  As someone who believes we are a nation of laws but also realizes that we suffer from a lack of backbone to institute hard-line reforms, I believe I have a solution that is both legislatively palatable to actual conservatives and also difficult for those who support the current status quo to refute.  As for the more nuanced specifics, I will leave those to those who craft legislation; however, the following bullet points should be an acceptable compromise without compromising the full integrity of the rule of law.

  1. Legal status to people deemed "DREAMers."  Children brought illegally into the country who can prove continuous residence in the United States for a specified period of time – would be granted as a probationary legal residence in America.  In exchange for this concession from the citizenry, the said individuals would forever relinquish any future claims to citizenship and would accept a legal permanent residency as their final status.
  2. Violation of the probationary status.  Any person granted a provisional residency status and found in violation of any state or federal crimes, barring any legislative exemptions, would have the status immediately revoked upon conviction of the said crime and be immediately deported.
  3. Dissuading future illegal immigration.  Any person not granted the above referenced status found to illegally reside or enter the United States would be permanently barred from any temporary or permanent residency status and would be immediately deported to his country of citizenship.  Illegal re-entry after deportation would result in a mandated term of imprisonment commensurate with the frequency of violation followed by deportation.  Illegal entries documented prior to passage of the law would be included in consideration of a term of imprisonment. 
  4. Border enforcement and protection.  Where no significant physical impediments exist and where significant enforcement personnel is feasible, a man-made barrier will be erected and maintained across the southern border of the continental United States.  The United States border patrol will have the authority and duty to identify all attempted illegal entrants and expedite the repatriation to the country of origin.
  5. Asylum and refugee status.  No person shall be granted asylum who has entered from a third-party country.  No person shall be granted asylum from a country not previously designated as eligible for asylum status by the Congress of the United States.  No refugee shall be granted entry to the United States without authorization from U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  Any person found to falsify information to be granted refugee status or asylum faces imprisonment upon conviction and immediate deportation to the country of origin after the determined sentence is completed. 
  6. Future legal immigration and naturalization.  Any future legal immigrant must demonstrate a sufficient proficiency of the English language.  The reunification of immigrant family members will no longer constitute a valid immigration purpose.  Prerequisites for naturalization are to be conducted only in English and without the aid of translation. 

While these provisions may not be ideal for all parties, it offers sufficient enforcement to satisfy conservatives while also exposing those who are disingenuous in their proclamations regarding the resolution of the illegal immigration problem this country faces.  If there are unresolved issues I have overlooked, they are welcome in the comments.

Recently, news outlets have indicated that the Republican Party is seeking to not only legislatively codify former president Obama's deferred action (DACA) policy against deporting illegal immigrants, but also produce a pathway to citizenship.  As someone who believes we are a nation of laws but also realizes that we suffer from a lack of backbone to institute hard-line reforms, I believe I have a solution that is both legislatively palatable to actual conservatives and also difficult for those who support the current status quo to refute.  As for the more nuanced specifics, I will leave those to those who craft legislation; however, the following bullet points should be an acceptable compromise without compromising the full integrity of the rule of law.

  1. Legal status to people deemed "DREAMers."  Children brought illegally into the country who can prove continuous residence in the United States for a specified period of time – would be granted as a probationary legal residence in America.  In exchange for this concession from the citizenry, the said individuals would forever relinquish any future claims to citizenship and would accept a legal permanent residency as their final status.
  2. Violation of the probationary status.  Any person granted a provisional residency status and found in violation of any state or federal crimes, barring any legislative exemptions, would have the status immediately revoked upon conviction of the said crime and be immediately deported.
  3. Dissuading future illegal immigration.  Any person not granted the above referenced status found to illegally reside or enter the United States would be permanently barred from any temporary or permanent residency status and would be immediately deported to his country of citizenship.  Illegal re-entry after deportation would result in a mandated term of imprisonment commensurate with the frequency of violation followed by deportation.  Illegal entries documented prior to passage of the law would be included in consideration of a term of imprisonment. 
  4. Border enforcement and protection.  Where no significant physical impediments exist and where significant enforcement personnel is feasible, a man-made barrier will be erected and maintained across the southern border of the continental United States.  The United States border patrol will have the authority and duty to identify all attempted illegal entrants and expedite the repatriation to the country of origin.
  5. Asylum and refugee status.  No person shall be granted asylum who has entered from a third-party country.  No person shall be granted asylum from a country not previously designated as eligible for asylum status by the Congress of the United States.  No refugee shall be granted entry to the United States without authorization from U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  Any person found to falsify information to be granted refugee status or asylum faces imprisonment upon conviction and immediate deportation to the country of origin after the determined sentence is completed. 
  6. Future legal immigration and naturalization.  Any future legal immigrant must demonstrate a sufficient proficiency of the English language.  The reunification of immigrant family members will no longer constitute a valid immigration purpose.  Prerequisites for naturalization are to be conducted only in English and without the aid of translation. 

While these provisions may not be ideal for all parties, it offers sufficient enforcement to satisfy conservatives while also exposing those who are disingenuous in their proclamations regarding the resolution of the illegal immigration problem this country faces.  If there are unresolved issues I have overlooked, they are welcome in the comments.