Introduction and Scope Definition
The topic of immigration, and immigration reform is a highly complex one in our nation. It is systemic in scope, and cannot be addressed simply by advocating:
"controlling our national borders" or
"fining those employing illegals" or
"if they are here illegally, send 'em back or jail them."
The scope of the topic includes:
- "The Border" - a broader concept than the geological boundary of a nation, and includes all points of entry or contact.
- "Identification" - In order to accurately identify a national alien, one must also be able to accurately identify a national citizen
- "Access" - Every nation prospers when a certain degree of guest visitation is allowed. Every nation has a right to determine its own level of guest access, and to determine how long guests may stay, where they may travel, and what they may be permitted to do.
- "Enforcement" - Immigration and guest visitation rules must be enforced, or removed from the books. Allowing violations undermines the legitimacy of The Law, and creates environments for corruption, abuse and exploitation.
- "Privilege" - Limitations regarding the privileges and benefits that are extended to the citizens of a country, state, community, or neighborhood, and those that are extended to travelers to and guests within them should be appropriate and defined.