Set Standards High for Illegal Immigrants, Then Close Border

How to Tackle Nation’s Immigration Reform Issues Over the Next Four Years

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In this Friday, Aug. 10, 2012 photo, rancher Dan Bell checks out part of the property he leases at the border fence between the United States and Mexico, in Nogales, Ariz. When Bell drives through the property, he speaks of the hurdles that the Border Patrol faces in his rolling green hills of oak and mesquite trees: The hours it takes to drive to some places, the wilderness areas that are generally off-limits to motorized vehicles, and the environmental reviews required to extend a dirt road. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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In this Friday, Aug. 10, 2012 photo, rancher Dan Bell checks out part of the property he leases at the border fence between the United States and Mexico, in Nogales, Ariz. When Bell drives through the property, he speaks of the hurdles that the Border Patrol faces in his rolling green hills of oak and mesquite trees: The hours it takes to drive to some places, the wilderness areas that are generally off-limits to motorized vehicles, and the environmental reviews required to extend a dirt road. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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COMMENTARY | There will be many changes probably to come in the next four years for our nation. There needs to be solutions on issues like gun control, federal spending, gay marriage, education reform, health care, and environmental protection. I have developed a creative, outside-the-box solution for immigration reform. Outside-the-box thinking is what I think our country needs right now. We are too stuck in our ways. Here is my big idea on how to tackle our nation's immigration reform issues over the next four years:

The Problem

Not everyone who works and lives in the United States is a United States citizen. Many people are in our country illegally and are considered illegal aliens. One of the problems of having illegal aliens in our country is that they do not pay taxes to the government. So although they are working to support themselves in our country it is usually for low pay and no benefits. It is illegal to hire illegal aliens so they usually get paid under the table. Some people believe that illegal aliens are taking jobs from United States citizens who desperately need employment, and are angry since our country is having severe economic troubles. They want illegal aliens to be found and deported immediately back to their own countries because they believe these people are draining the United States economy.

The Solution

It is true that people are in our country illegally. It is true that it is bad for our economy because these people are not paying their share of taxes like every United States citizen does. However, there are other ways then to simply send these people back to their countries straight away. My out-of-the-box thought to help solve our immigration reform issues is for one year to allow everyone who is an illegal alien to stop hiding in our country. Give a timeline for these people to come forward without punishment, and have the opportunity to become United States citizens. Let them have a chance to stay in our country, but with standards set in place to help them thrive in our country as good United States citizens. Let them pay government taxes, and help us get our economy back on track. Then really close the borders, and make sure illegal aliens are not a huge issue anymore.

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