In this action memo, I will lay out a clear policy solution and implementation plan for the alternative to the current Sanctuary Jurisdiction system as discussed in the last two memos. I am hoping with this alternative, we will be able to develop a plan that appeases both liberals and conservatives. Here is the proposal:
PROPOSAL FOR ASYLUM SEEKING AND IMMIGRATION RELOCATION PLAN
For the proposed future, hopefully by 2025, The United States Federal Government will work with immigration programs and sanctuary jurisdictions to develop a pathway towards citizenship for asylum seekers and migrants from Central America. This plan will include providing housing and a work visa for designated sanctuary jurisdictions in the United States contingent on qualifications being met through United States Customs and Border Protection. As stated in the decisions memo, immigrants contribute billions of dollars to the economy. We are hoping that we will be able to mutually benefit from each other by providing them an easier and quicker pathway towards citizenship. Here is a lay out of plans that will be implemented to aid this policy solution:
- There are currently about 300 state and local governments with sanctuary programs (Dalmia, 2019). They will work with the federal governments in absorbing incoming immigrants from various parts of Central America. Families will NOT be separated. We will reject the false choice between employment-based and family-based immigration policies (The Biden Plan for Securing Our Values as a Nation of Immigrants).As a nation of immigrants, we are hoping that the United States of America will continue to be a safe haven for those from all situations and walks of life.
- According to the current White House budget, the Immigration and Customs Enforcements (ICE) has a federal funding of 8.3 billion dollars (Strong Border Security). In 2025, that budget will be cut in half and 4.4 billion of those funds will be used to assist sanctuary cities in labor, housing, and transportation for asylum seekers and migrants.
- The visa system will be expanded. A wage based allocation will be established so that migrants will not be left vulnerable to those looking to exploit them (The Biden Plan for Securing Our Values as a Nation of Immigrants). In addition to high-skilled visas expanded, migrants will be allocated to roles based on their skills, no matter how entry or limited their skills might be. Students will be granted student visas and scholarships towards designated sanctuary jurisdiction universities. In addition, migrants will have the ability to apply for relocation to other jurisdictions for work
- After 5 years in their designated roles through our sanctuary jurisdiction programs, migrants and asylum seekers will be allowed to apply for citizenship as determined by recommendations from employers and a certificate signed by a state official. They will go through the customary pathway to citizenship process but at a much quicker rate. In addition, when interacting with The United States Customs and Border Agency, they will be able to go through the application and be vetted with 2 months from application.
Dalmia, Shikha. “Sanctuary Cities Should Hope That Stephen Miller Makes Good on His Threats.” Reason.com. Reason, April 22, 2019. https://reason.com/2019/04/23/sanctuary-cities-should-hope-that-stephen-miller-makes-good-on-his-threats/.
“The Biden Plan for Securing Our Values as a Nation of Immigrants.” Joe Biden for President: Official Campaign Website, August 5, 2020. https://joebiden.com/immigration/.