6 steps for immigration reform: why is this so hard for Congress?

I am truly perplexed by the statement from clearly delusional Nancy Pelosi who said the flood of illegal aliens across our borders is not a crisis but rather an opportunity. An opportunity for what?

I’ll answer that. There can be no doubt that the Obama administration is using a Cloward-Piven tactic to destabilize our southern border enabling liberal progressives to further their “comprehensive immigration reform” agenda — by executive order of course — which was the reason much of this started.

Here’s what I’d do to initiate “comprehensive” immigration reform:

1. Secure our borders – without secure borders, we are no longer a nation.

2. Stop taxpayer benefits to those here illegally. Period.
3. Deport felon criminal illegal immigrants.
4. Get Americans back to work with proper tax, regulatory, and unemployment reforms.
5. Institute e-verify.
6. Develop a guest worker program.

The goal is to stem the flow before ever considering a path to citizenship. And I would also cut any foreign aid to countries flooding America with illegals.

Why is this so difficult for the GOP to put into motion?

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Barry Penders
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to say the least….make me King and I’ll have them scrambling to get back to Mexico without firing a shot.

box-bb-car
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As the father of a freind always used to kid, “When I become benevolent dictator….”

tvlgds
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The GOP, as a whole, is no better than the liberals anymore, and they’re too scared of being called “racist” to do anything that goes against his highness!

box-bb-car
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Bit more than just a fear of being called racist. Many in the GOP look to this as a cheap labor force. Some foolishly look at them as potential voters, but that will not occur unless they become as the Dems, socialists

bpr
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Dems, Repubs…both just different sides of the same stinky arse…

tvlgds
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Pretty much!

KJinWTexas
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Great plan, Allen. Just two things wrong with it. One, it’s too simple for this government to ever implement, and two, it would work. They don’t like it when things work the first time, it loses them the opportunity to be the fixer, aka controller.

Pam
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Great plan, simple and effective.

cjagger
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I vote for you Allen West

AKMark
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Develop a guest worker program, after Americans are employed.

9Awesomeb .
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Most Americans don’t WANT to work. Until we get some EBS in this country, people aren’t going to do a job that is “beneath” them.

What is EBS you ask? Empty Belly Syndrome.

AKMark
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It may be that we have acquaintances of different political bent. My friends, Libertarian and Republican, want to work – no EBS required. On the other hand, I work in telecom, and you can’t swing a cat without hitting 10 indian, pakistani, whatever H2 visa holders who are legally protected far better than a native US worker.

David Akers
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Do those in that order and immigration will be fixed. COMPREHENSIVE had become a swear word Thanks to Democratic stupidity. Simple, step by step fixes is what we need. Secure the border, then, AND ONLY THEN, open further talks about immigration reform.

Jarrod Whitley
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I’d vote for you Mr. West.

Jean Lord
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Step 7. Make it a felony to hire an illegal immigrant punishable with prison time and huge monetary fines.

Jean Lord
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Step 8. End birthright citizenship when parents are illegal immigrants.

box-bb-car
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A few years back, one of the local talk show hosts had the best fine I have heard for this. You fine them 10-20% of their GROSS revenues. Not profit, but revenue. Then you find one and come down hard and fast on them.

Lilu Kanine
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Most sensible man with most sensible plan!

box-bb-car
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They say that they are advertising to dispel rumors in south american countries. The best way to get this across is adopt a policy of ‘In on Monday, back to their origin by Friday’ If you can locate the relatives in this country, if illegal, send them back at the same time. We do not have an immigration problem, we have an immigration law ENFORCEMENT problem.

Keli Grantham Steadham
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Keli Grantham Steadham

It won’t happen with this administration, because it isn’t what Obama wants. And unless he gets what he wants, exactly as he wants it, he will issue yet another Executive Order. It doesn’t matter that Conservatives HAVE plans for immigration……they aren’t HIS plan, so they won’t happen.

John
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The truth about Executive orders that nobody understands, is that executive orders only apply to people who work in the executive branch of government. They help officers and agencies of the executive branch manage the operations within the federal government itself. Executive orders have the full force of law when they take authority from a power granted directly to the Executive by the Constitution, or are made in pursuance of certain Acts of Congress that explicitly delegate to the President some degree of discretionary power (delegated legislation). Like statutes or regulations promulgated by government agencies, executive orders are subject to… Read more »
Joan
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But the executive decree also applies to everyone who has dealings with the federal government. So if a food bank gets federal assistance, they are also required to abide by Obama’s ruling…and if a private entity uses any aid from the government, they must also follow the rules he just signed into existence.

robertsisente
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Remember that time, ha ha ha, this is so funny, remember that time, we were told our borders are more secure now than they have ever been….. ~ SMH

Tom
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Alan a good plan but on the border and guest worker program, how do we know the people we let in are not violent criminals? My solution is to have computers at each border crossing that are linked to the Mexican criminal database. I work in IT and a system is only as good as the veracity of the data being entered. Since it behooves the Mexican government to get as many of their violent criminals out of Mexico, I would guess that they might cook the books. Thus not trusting the Mexican government, any deal for aid from the… Read more »
Tinkabell
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Because the GOP is afraid of being called, “racist, bigot, intolerant…etc, etc” The leadership is weak…that’s why those of us who live in the VA 7th tried to help by getting rid of Cantor!

MarkBatin
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Mr. West we need a voice for those American Citizens that have been tragically harmed by the illegal alien issue. My Son was Kidnapped and Murdered by an illegal alien. Thousands of other American Families have had to suffer the same tragedy, with the knowledge that if our Government had the guts to enforce our laws, our loved ones would be alive today. Every day more American Citizens are killed by people that have no right to be here in the first place. Our Government just considers us as so much justifiable losses for their agenda. Please I am just… Read more »
Grumpy
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Mark; This isn’t an easy comment to make, without pushing a bad subject..

Do you know if the person who killed your son was a dreamer.. or one of the people Obama released from jail or prison then lost track of… or someone who benefited from his catch and release policies?

As you point out, there are thousands of families that have been hurt by the invaders, some like you can’t ever be made whole again… It’s way past time to do something about it.

MarkBatin
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Thanks Grumpy. The little girl that was raped and murdered 2 days before my Son was murdered her perpetrator was a dreamer in our schools on our dime. The guy that Murdered my Son was probably a dreamer but was 27 when he Murdered my Son. He was known to the Police to have ties to the Sureno 13 gang and smuggled drugs into this area. The Police said they knew he was going to hurt someone, it was just a matter of time. Their hands were tied as our immigration laws were not being enforced and ICE would not… Read more »
Grumpy
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Don’t know where there’s a lawyer with the guts, I’ve looked…. but by not deporting him, someone in Government aided and abetted his efforts to remain in the US.. That is a felony under current immigration law.. If someone opens that can of worms, the administration has a big problem..

Scott Chichelli
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Allen,
you are not normally towing the propaganda line. what gives? where do you get taxpayer benefits?
illegals cant get squat aside from free school lunch and WIC. neither of which would I begrudge a child.
E Verify is already heavily used and is supposed to be used by any and all employers (one who don’t pay cash)
I am with you on 1,3 and 4. until 1 is done no point in talking about the rest.

David B
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I will re-iterate “lonetrader” – Scott, you have no idea what you are talking about. E-verify is hardly being used anywhere. SS cards are for sale on many street corners across the country. Medical care is available for free to anyone who walks into an emergency room (paid for by the rest of us). I personally know illegal aliens who are on public assistance (all paid for by the rest of us) – WIC, food stamps, welfare, free phones, free internet through government subsidized programs that the rest of us pay for, etc., etc. etc. I even know several families… Read more »
Scott Chichelli
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lets keep it to 1 subject. E verify is being enforced. I am an employer, I have to fill out form i9 now that I never had to fill out before (last 2 yrs). this is a federal law there is no way to get around that form. the requirements of that form are very stringent. unless you have a complete set of fake IDs you cant get a job legally. add to that the very common use of e-verify its no where as easy as you think. without SS# (nearly all state govt now use it aside from CA)… Read more »
lonetrader
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Scott. You have no idea what you are talking about. Look up what Los Angeles California spends on illegal medical every month. There is a town in Washington that has thousands of illegals on Social Security, welfare, EBT cards, etc. If a child is here illegally, send him back to what ever country he came from.

Scott Chichelli
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and for the record I am as conservative as they come.. however having many illegal friends (we have a large Hispanic church (300+) that meets at my church later in the afternoon) I used to be ignorant of the facts and believe the propaganda my party spewed (repub). then I got to know a good number of these people. I went to an immigration lawyer with one of them and got schooled big time on the facts.. he used to have a good job making $17 an hour using a fake SS#. then that company started using e verify.. asked… Read more »
Earl Lee
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Someone will respond…”YOU ARE LYING…YOU ARE NOT A CONSERVATIVE”….just letting u know

Scott Chichelli
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you it would seem is who is clueless.
without a valid (e-verified) SS number you can NOT get any fed govt assistance whatsoever period end of discussion. straight from gov websites. social security? even more laughable.
now an achor baby does have access to it as technically it is a legal citizen (no I don’t agree with it but it is the law therefore they are not illegals) and if the parent is actually brave enough to go to a govt building to get it, only the child gets it. they do not get anything for the parents.
these are verifiable facts.

lonetrader
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The govt never lies to its people does it? There are many programs for these people. Try to walk into the County hospital in Sylmar, Ca. You will wait 8-14 hrs or more to see a Dr. It is full of Illegals. Maybe you should check your facts. And why are you friends with the enemy invaders? You sound like a traitor to me.

Scott Chichelli
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ahh as I thought you are in CA. the rest of the country is not like you. and why would I go to a county hospital? I have insurance.
you oght to be more concerned with all the lazy slobs on welfare who are legal..

9Awesomeb .
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“you oght to be more concerned with all the lazy slobs on welfare who are legal.”

With you 100% there. Mexicans come here to work at least. They truly make me think that is probably what the earlier settlers were like – working there butt off for a better life. I say send the dang welfare bums back to Mexico and keep the immigrants. Problem is, as soon as they are eligible, the democrat party will have them on the govt plantation too and we’ll be right back where we started from!

John Waters
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Col West, please heed the call of Mr Mark Batin. How tragic has son was murdered by an illegal. Where is Mr Batin’s justice? I could care less for these illegal children flooding the borders, what about American children who suffer from the violence and loss of opportunity these illegals bring?

Blue
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Isn’t it a felony to enter our country illegally? Therefore, they are all felons. If that’s the way it works, then I like the plan.

Rafael Cabrales
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You need to secure the borders . The south border , the north border , the borders in the US territories . You need to revoke the wet foot laws for people coming in boats from Cuba as well . There are illegal immigrants from all countries , not just people from Mexico and Central and South America , there are illegal Canadians , Europeans and Asians . The laws regulating illegal immigration must pertain to ALL illegal immigrants and not just using the Hispanic/Latino population as scapegoats for the anti-immigration groups or for race pandering from the opportunistic left… Read more »
Grumpy
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Colonel, agree with you, but at the moment we need a couple additional steps. Billions of dollars a year flow from illegals working in the US back to their native countries.. as a first step block all bank transfers from the US to Mexico and Central America.. Cut all USAID money to to Mexico and Central America.. redirect the funds to cover the cost of feeding, housing, clothing and eventually flying the so called victims home. Won’t take long before those countries are asking us to send back the children. Last: 52,000 kids didn’t cross into Mexico from Central and… Read more »
larrymc51
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“Allen For President ” Nuff Said

John
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1 Secure the border. 2 Stop, detain, and deport ALL illegal immigrants in the country. 3 After deportation charge the country of origin for the detain and deport portion of number 2. 4 No more anchor babies. If you are not a citizen and you give birth your child is not a citizen. 5 Guest worker programs like those in use in Texas must be limited in scope. Allow no more than 100 guest worker permits per day and do not allow those permits to be transferred. 6 Repeal all laws in place giving preference to illegals over citizens including… Read more »
Peggy Sharpe
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Securing the border includes building the promised fence–start NOW!

Blue
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We’re on the same page, how nice. I don’t like this wishy washy crap that I keep hearing on deport only the “criminal illegal aliens”. They are all criminals. Deport them all!

Dale Benson
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100% spot on John.

Darrell Strawn
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Excellent plan

9Awesomeb .
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Mr West, you are one of my heroes, but you have missed the mark on this one. We need something much more original. Something much more American. We need to encourage American companies that moved their manufacturing to China to relocate to Mexico. We need to give tax breaks to companies who relocate from other foreign countries to Mexico and increase tariffs on imports from other countries. If we can help build the Mexican economy like we did the Chinese economy, Mexicans will have no reason to jump the boarder and most that are here illegally will go home to… Read more »
Bill Gaino
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Sounds like what Bill Clinton said when he was signing the NAFTA “we will make the Mexicans wealthy so they can buy our goods and services”…. How did that work out for you? I lost my textile business because all my customers fled to Mexico.

Scott Chichelli
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actually more and more companies are moving from China to Mexico. with the increase of China’s wealth labor costs have increased to the point that mexico is less (when you factor shipping)

RJ
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Step 7-Actually ENFORCE the laws the liars promised in 86.
Step 8-Fine,seize and sell the assets of everyone using ILLEGAL ALIEN labor.
Step 9-Use said asset seizures to secure the border-once and for all as well as pay for repatriating these unwelcome invaders.
Step 10-RUN FOR OFFICE PLEASE

kay2the2nd
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Your plan is close, but no cigar…

1. Secure our borders – you got this one right.

2. Stop any/all benefits to those here illegally. Period.

3. Deport ALL illegal ALIENS – they are NOT immigrants, immigrants enter LEGALLY.

4. Get Americans back to work with proper tax, regulatory, and unemployment reforms.

5. ENFORCE the use of e-verify.

6. Develop a guest worker program ONLY after all illegal aliens have been DEPORTED.

Thinker
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Too bad E-verify doesn’t work right. A good friend of mine uses it and when tax time comes he gets a letter from the IRS that tells him how many people working for him are not supposed to be. Funny how the IRS knows this for a minimum of three months but says nothing for a year, oh yeah, they get to keep all the social insecurity and taxes that he pays on them even though they are not legal to work.

Earl
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Here is a much bettter plan very simple:

Require all employers no matter size to use e-verify.
Require all current and future employees to be checked. Current employees within 30 days.
Fine all employers 200k and 2yrs in jail if caught with someone not verified via e-verify
Implement a reward for anyone whistleblowing on an employer that hires anyone without proper e-verify. $100K reward.

Problem solved – they can’t jobs they all go home.

kay2the2nd
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I like it. But, if they’re here and can’t work, O-BAMA-LAMA-DING-DONG will just give the housing, food, medical treatment and who know what else.

guess I’m a cynic.

Allen
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Yours is better, but at least Mr. Allen holds our Constitution in best interest!

Boetica
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No one who came to this country illegally should ever be granted citizenship.

Tina Siegert
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I wish you were in charge! I think the only way for a win for us is if you and Rand Paul or you and Ted Cruz run together with 2 huge names out right from the get go. No waiting around to announce. I pray that you are either our next President or that you play a heavy hand in it. We NEED you! I truly believe you are the only 1 who could run and know how to handle these islamic flea bags. I know you won’t let them blow sunshine up your butt 🙂 Many of us… Read more »
Dawn Harsley
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No Rand Paul or Ted Cruz to bring Allen West down. Allen West is my choice for the 2016 GOP nominee for President. Paul or Cruz will cost him votes.

Earl Lee
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Thats funny….west can’t run for president or vice president with his horrible military record. He is a one term congressman…thats all…thats it!

nancybythebay
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Col. West was too much of a threat to the Democratic Party. That’s why they put into place a very illegal voting practice to defeat him. They fudged the numbers at 2 am, got caught at it, then took the ballots and machines into hiding for several days to make the numbers come out their way. He’s far more honorable than Obama, the liar-in-chief.

Dawn Harsley
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We’ll see. He is an honorable man and a patriot. Too bad we can’t say that of our current president.

Earl Lee
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He is not honorable and far from a PATRIOT!! Thank GOD he is not in congress anymore!

Charles Emigh
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Col. West has more honor in his little finger than all the libbies in this country. His troops did and still do love him. He is a soldiers’ soldier. I would go to war with him any time any where, and so would the men who served under him. My only regret is that he was army. He would have been the perfect Marine.

Dawn Harsley
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A whole lot of people disagree with you. We’ll see, won’t we.

Elvis Dog
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From what I have read, the majority of these illegals are kids from Central America. The pathway to the US goes through Mexico. If Mexico throws American Military folks in jail, why are they allowing free passage through their country by “others”. The do nothing executive branch of the US government should demand Mexico stop these people from walking through their country. Add this to what you and other comments below would puta big damper on traffic. But we all know that the Democrats, Liberals and Administration will do nothing.

Allen
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I couldn’t agree more! We should not be letting kids, teens, adults, etc in period. Have Oblamer call Mexico, and tell them they have criminals at their northern border!

11B30L
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Obama will be the last Black or only minority POTUS we will have in this country. One the wall at one of the baracks at Fort Sill has a saying painted ” What would the Army be if everyone be like me” .
Col. you would have made a great POTUS.

coniljw
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Good points Col. West.
I keep praying the dems/libs will destroy themselves and it is happening. Now if we can just get the politically uneducated & low-info 18 & over educated on what is happening we can win in Nov. Volunteer for a conservative, don’t sit around waiting for someone else to do it. Get in your family/neighbors faces, community agitate. Use all opportunities to strike up conversations with people EVERYwhere you go & arm yourselves with facts – tell people the truth/facts. They will appreciate it. Go into your black communities talk to them.

Earl Lee
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If you can’t look past november then u have a problem. Republicans can’t win in 2016 by turning off the hispanic voters. They only way they will win the white house in 2016 is to win 49 states! THats the ONLY way you can win with the WHITE ONLY votes. Mitt romney only got 27% of the hispanic vote and it will be worse for republicans in 16

partswizard
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I propose this (America First) new immigration reform plan 1. Close the Mexican border immediately (zero ground traffic into USA for any reason) 2. Stop government assistance to all illegal aliens immediately 3. Deport ALL illegal aliens and their anchor babies immediately 4. Bill the country of origin of the illegal aliens for all costs incurred by the USA. 5. Build a high security electrified fence on the Mexican border. 6. One year after all of the above has been completed put any congressionally finalized immigration reform bills to a vote by the Legal American citizens who provide voter ID… Read more »
StephenL
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I will add one more point to your proposal, instead of a fence put the U.S military on the border.and hopefully this will prevent any further incursions by illegals and the Mexican govt into U.S sovereign territory.

MotherBatherick
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A fence AND our military would be good.

Earl Lee
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you forgot SHOOT ON SIGHT!!!

Allen
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Good ideas! Cloward-Piven tactic is spot on!

DixieAngel_76
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Nancy Pelosi looks like a corpse with makeup on. Eeeeew.

ChavesisGONE
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Please do not imagine her without makeup!

toenail
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I agree with these points but I would add one. Close the border with Mexico. No traffic allowed at all. I can guarantee that would get results with the Mexican government. If it didn’t the border should remain closed to all traffic including cars, buses, foot and air.

nancybythebay
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I love this idea.

Bill Ogden
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Both party’s enjoy kicking this can down the road for political purposes. Term limits please!

OffensiveAndPeculiar
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We have term limits. They are called elections. It is the American citizen who is not taking responsibility. Evil men ALWAYS find a way around the law..

Alex Rubens
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Col. West I must vehemently oppose point 6, Develop a Guest Worker program. It is these “guest workers” brought here on the H1B and L1 programs that displace American workers because they get paid so much less and do not have to pay into Social Security and other benefits we would be receiving. I strongly urge abolishing the H1B and L1 programs, send home immediately the “guest workers” and put the displaced Americans back to work in the jobs they were squeezed out of. This should bring the unemployment rate down to 3%. Furthermore, penalizing corporations for producing goods or… Read more »
The_Patriot
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The opportunity that nancy talks about is the opportunity to buy more democrat votes, by putting all of the illegal aliens on the government dole.

Earl Lee
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4. Get Americans back to work with proper tax, regulatory, and unemployment reforms. In other words…deregulate, and more tax breaks for the wealth!

Thinker
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Wow, you have no clue as to how our government is actually the one that kills small business and puts people on unemployment. But that’s right where the liberals want them, under their feet waiting for scraps.

Bill Gregg
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I’ve never been offered a job by a poor man.

GuardianofFreedom
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Almost great until the guest worker program……NOT until ALL Americans are employed !

Cindi Jones
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You forgot “Deport Illegal aliens”. 🙁

MotherBatherick
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That would easily fall under the responsibility of Step No. 1 -Secure the border. 🙂

Eric Stilwell
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Start with a démarche and leak it to the mainstream media that for each kid sent or to the US from the non-contiguous nations that we will immediately reduce our foreign aid (all forms of it) to their country by 1%. Also, démarche Mexico since this is where they are allowed to cross into our sovereign nation. This is the proper use of all diplomatic, informational, military and economic (DIME) forms of national power.

I know this is a pipe dream for we have no one in our current national government that knows the proper use of national power.

jackie cooper
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Somehow Obama plans to bring millions of Muslim refugees in the USA like a flood.

MotherBatherick
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Step number one is the most important because without a nation, nothing else would matter anymore, not even obama’s lousy attitude towards this country. It would simply just be every man for himself. A third-world country with a lot of pestilence, poverty and oppression.

Борис Смыслов
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Борис Смыслов

I wish you will be in charge.

Lorene Wagner
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I believe we should cut the foreign aid to the all the countries involved in sending and pushing people through, IMMEDIATELY. That will stop the flow immediately. After that, then put Mr. Wests steps into motion. Gradually, if necessary, after we have our borders completely secure, start helping folks out. However, it seems a bit ludicrous as we are flat out broke and billions of dollars in debt. We are printing money that cannot be backed up. Sending aid to others seems a bit like continuing to bury ourselves into our own poverty.
Jessica LeBlanc
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Will you run in the next election? You have my vote.

Donna Werner
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It sounds good, but I would give them 3 months to return home. If after the 3 months, any and all property/assets are used to deport them. Anything left over can be used for the ones on welfare to be sent home. Just this alone will make them pack up and leave. They are here to make money, if that is not an option, and they fear losing what they have, they will LEAVE. I think this is kind, more than criminals deserve, but an option. (This would be a specific date, not from when they are caught, married, home… Read more »
krell51
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I like Col West and believe he would make a great president but I have seen a post that he is pro-gun control, anti- second amendment, I haven’t seen this in any of his posts, does any one know his position on the second amendment?