I see the solution as a four-step process. Securing our border is the first step. The second step is to make the decision, once and for all, to deny amnesty to people whose first act in the United States was a violation of the law. The third step is to put in place a guest worker program, without amnesty, that will efficiently provide American employers with willing guest workers who come to America legally. The final step is tough employer sanctions that ensure a full partnership between American business and the American government in the enforcement of our laws on immigration and guest workers.
And here's the bottom line about the Pence Bill:
1. The House Bill which passed (And senate opposed) was a good first step. Pence supports removing the felony portion but keeps the rest as is.
2. It adds a security fence.
3. No Amnesty in any form. Any guest worker policy requires an illegal to go home first.
4. Mass deportation isn't fesible, so Pence is encouraging illegals to self-deport. Private businesses (many support amnesty) are enouraged to set up Ellis Island centers to match "guest workers" with jobs unable to be filled with American workers. All workers are required to go through background checks. Visas will be issued outside the US. Pence emphasises that point to illegals who want to become citizens are forced to leave first.
5. Number of guest workers will be limited.
6. After 6 years, guest workers must apply for citizenship or go home. They must learn English to renew their visa.
7. Employment taxes must be paid. Workers will be allowed to change jobs so they aren't trapped.
8. Employers must hire Americans first.
9. There will be strict enforcement of employers.
I could support this.