Paul Adams on Immigration



Fenced Orchard: hard rules leads to self-deportation

Q: Do you support or oppose the policy, "Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens"?

A: I foster the 'fenced orchard' analogy. If your orchard is unfenced and no guard is standing by the tree, then don't complain if passersby pick your trees. The onus to build a fence and guard the tree is on you. Do we need a fence? Yes. Could it be bypassed? Yes. We need to think really carefully about fences. Self-deportation would be a better option, provided the States chose to make it hard for undocumented labor to assimilate. What we have now is similar condition we had in pre-civil war America, when the south was economically dependent on cheap labor for its survival. The same holds true today of States like California.

Source: Email interview on 2016 presidential race by OnTheIssues.org , Jan 21, 2016

Path to citizenship after two years of asylum

When a State has given asylum to an undocumented alien for at least two years, and that individual has demonstrated good character and has not benefited from government programs fraudulently, then a pathway to citizenship should be made available. Taking it one step further, when a State has offered to enter into adhesion agreements with an undocumented alien - such as a driver's license or state health insurance - at any time during that person's stay on US soil, then that person is a de facto citizen of that State and should be given a pathway to US citizenship. A two-year asylum window is the time I would put on how long it takes for someone to establish roots. And, I would argue that it is inhumane to up-root someone who has made roots. The onus is on the State to make it as easy or as hard for undocumented immigrants to reside in their State, and the Federal Government should stay out of the equation.
Source: Email interview on 2016 presidential race by OnTheIssues.org , Jan 21, 2016

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