U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham says there are workable solutions to the nation’s illegal immigration dilemma. Graham wants to create a temporary worker program. His plan would allow immigrants to come into the country for what Graham describes as a couple of years, then go back home. The “guest worker” proposal has already been a part of congressional debate on the immigration issue.
Graham’s office says the U.S. currently has a guest worker program but that it has many problems that need to be addressed.
Graham says he won’t support immigration reform without a temporary worker program, but he says there is opposition to the idea from labor unions and the Obama administration. Graham says it’s too easy for illegal immigrants to get American jobs, just using fake Social Security cards. He says a lot of employers will tell you that there is a need for temporary workers to fill jobs that are difficult to fill.
Graham also wants an employer verification system that would make it hard for illegal immigrants to get jobs in America. He wants to put photos on a new kind of Social Security card.
About the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants who are already in the U.S., and their four million children, Graham’s plan would have them come out of the shadows and pay taxes. He would allow them to stay, but they would only gain citizenship behind those who pursued the process legally. And Graham says something must be done about the illegal immigrants who come to America to have children who are born as American citizens. He’s looking seriously at legislation that would stop illegal immigrants from having what critics commonly called “anchor babies.”
On WVOC’s Keven Cohen Show, Graham discussed reports of illegal immigrants who pay individuals to help them enter to the U.S. in order to have a child born in America.
Graham says he foresees a big discussion on the illegal immigration issue, once border security is increased.
“From a Republican point of view, we have a chance to create a new immigration system which will make this country more secure economically, and in terms of national security. We should take the chance to rewrite our immigration laws so that we move forward as a healthy country, not a country under siege.”