The inscription on the base of the Statue of Liberty reads, in part:
… cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Our immigration policy should reflect our highest ideals.
There should be no quotas for immigrants.
There should be two criteria for immigration: (1) Are you willing to work and pay taxes? (2) Are you willing to learn English? If the answer to these questions is yes the person should be welcomed to America. The path to citizenship should be open to all immigrants.
America is a nation of laws. There should be no amnesty for those who violate immigration laws. If someone is here illegally, they should be deported. When they return, they should be welcomed back.
There is some concern that immigrants come to America to take advantage of Federal social safety net programs. I would not object to limiting Federal social safety net programs to citizens and children of citizens.
It is time to stop obstruction politics and find solutions.