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Conceptual Proposal for Immigration Reform: Interior Enforcement

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Michael J. Robinson, Associate
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A recent press announcement has outlined the “conceptual” proposal for ‘immigration reform’.  The proposal touches on 6 major goals:

1.  Border Enforcement

2.  Interior Enforcement

3.  Biometric Identification and Employment Verification

4.  Maximization of American Economic Prosperity

5.  Registration and Legalization Plan

6.  Reforms to Enhance Efficiency and Effectiveness in America’s Immigration System

In yesterday’s blog I outlined the proposals for Border Enforcement.  In today’s blog I will touch upon ‘Interior Enforcement’.  Each successive day thereafter I will address the remaining points in this proposal.

Interior Enforcement

The stated goal of ‘Interior Enforcement’ is to increase our ability to identify, detain, and remove individuals who entered unlawfully or overstayed temporary visas.  This is affectionately referred to as “Detection, Apprehension, and Removal of Unlawfully Present Persons in the United States”.

The proposal would create an “entryexit” system to monitor overstays, increase screening of criminals in federal state and local prisons for immigration status and suspend the Visa Waiver Program for countries with high overstay rates.

In addition, the proposal would seek to prevent future illegal entry and reentry of gang members and curb the ability of those convicted of sex crimes to petition relatives to the United States. The proposal would also create new criminal offenses and increased consequences for passport fraud, passport trafficking, and other document fraud.

Under this plan anyone appearing at a border or port of entry will be required to provide biometric information, and passenger carriers will be required to provide advance manifests of passengers for screening to ensure a uniform standard to govern when an individual must be detained prior to removal.

Lastly the proposal imposes penalties, including civil and criminal sanctions, on “unscrupulous” employers who exploit unauthorized labor and offers incentives to victims of labor exploitation for cooperating with law enforcement actions against employers.

Category: Immigration

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