Tom Tancredo offers his own Colorado Compact on Immigration Fairness


Here's Tom Tancredo's version of the Colorado Compact (he added the words in CAPS to the original):

Colorado Compact for Immigration FAIRNESS

If "fairness" is one key test for immigration policy, then the fairness standard must be applied to all six constituencies affected by immigration law -- immigrants legal and illegal, taxpayers, employers, workers, and the public at large. All citizens are "stakeholders," not only employers and immigrants.

THE COLORADO COMPACT FOR IMMIGRATION FAIRNESS IS AN ATTEMPT TO OUTLINE A PATH FORWARD ON IMMIGRATION REFORM THAT RESPECTS BOTH THE RULE OF LAW AND ELEMENTARY FAIRNESS OF ALL COLORADANS.

Federal Responsibility
Since immigration law is inescapably a federal responsibility, we urgeColorado's congressional delegation to support federal immigration law that improves our immigration system, EMBODIES PRINCIPLES OF FAIRNESS FOR LEGAL IMMIGRANTS WHO HAVE WAITED MANY YEARS TO ENTER OUR COUNTRY LAWFULLY, keeps our communities safe, and protects our borders.

ADDITIONALLY, TO RECOGNIZE AND FORTIFY CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORITY OVER IMMIGRATION LAW, WE FURTHER URGE OUR CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO EXPRESS STRONG OPPOSITION TO FEDERAL AGENCY ADMINISTRATIVE EDICTS IN IMMIGRATION MATTERS WHICH HAVE NOT BEEN AUTHORIZED BY AN ACT OF CONGRESS.
 
Strengthening Our Economy
Colorado is best served by a free market philosophy that maximizes individual freedom and opportunity. Our immigration system must be flexible enough to address the needs of businesses while protecting the interests of ALL WORKERS, INCLUDING WORKERS VICTIMIZED BY WAGE SUPPRESSION. This includes a visa system that is both responsive and effective at meeting the demands of our economy AND IS FAIR TO UNEMPLOYED WORKERS DENIED JOBS DUE TO ILLEGAL WORKERS HIRED AT LOWER WAGES. It should also acknowledge and balance both the economic contributions AND TAXPAYER COSTS WHICH LEGAL AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS MAKE AS WORKERS, TAXPAYERS, CONSUMERS AND CLIENTS OF PUBLIC SAFETY NET PROGRAMS.
 
Inspiring Our National Security
We believe that maintaining the safety and security of the United States is THE utmost priority. ABOVE ALL, our immigration system must insure the protection of our communities and national borders, A PRIORITY THAT CAN ONLY BE MADE CREDIBLE TY DEMONSTRATED BORDER SECURITY IN ADVANCE OF ANY GRANT OF LEGAL STATUS TO UNAUTHORIZED IMMIGRANTS ALREADY RESIDENT IN OUR COUNTRY.

Family
Strong families are critical to developing successful individuals and cohesive communities. Immigration policies, where possible, should prioritize close families together in order to insure the most supportive home environment for all children across our state. FURTHER, A SUPPORTIVE HOME ENVIRONMENT REQUIRES THE EXPULSION FROM THE COMMUNITY OF PERSONS CONVICTED OF ANY SERIOUS CRIME, INCLUDING ANY CONVICTION FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OR TWO OR MORE CONVICTIONS FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS.
 
Fair and Effective Enforcement
We support a law enforcement strategy that focuses on public safety, targets serious crime, and safeguards witnesses and victims. We further urge a reasonable and predictable regulatory environment that considers the interests of, and unintended consequences to, BUSINESSES, EMPLOYED AND UNEMPLOYED WORKERS, TAXPAYERS AND CONSUMERS. Furthermore, IN FAIRNESS TO ALL WORKERS AND UNEMPLOYED OR UNDEREMPLOYED JOB-SEEKERS, the broader reform effort MUST INCLUDE a way to accurately, reliably and affordably determine who is permitted to work, insuring an adequate AND LAW-ABIDING labor force for a STRUGGLING ECONOMY. ADDITIONALLY, WE URGE THE SUPPORT FOR ADEQUATE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR MEANINGFUL ENFORCEMENT OF ALL IMMIGRATION LAW AND FULL STATE AND LOCAL SUPPORT FOR FEDERAL IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT PROGRAMS.

A Commonsense Approach

Immigrants, BOTH LEGAL AND ILLEGAL, are part of our communities across Colorado. We must adopt a commonsense approach to this reality that reflects our values and recognizes the critical role immigration has played in our nation's history and OUR STRUGGLING economy. SO THAT THEIR LEGAL STATUS CAN BE RESOLVED IN A FAIR AND APPROPRIATE MANNER UNDER ACCEPTED STANDARDS OF LAW AND COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS, our immigration policies MUST BE BASED ON THE NEEDS OF THE NATION AND THE RULE OF LAW. THEY SHOULD BE BASED ON FAIRNESS. IT IS UNFAIR TO THE MILLIONS WHO HAVE SUFFERED THROUGH THE LEGAL PROCESS OUT OF RESPECT FOR OUR LAWS AND COME HERE THE RIGHT WAY TO REWARD THOSE WHO HAVE CHOSEN TO VIOLATE THE LAWS. COMMON SENSE TELLS US THAT REWARDING SUCH BEHAVIOR ONLY ENCOURAGES MORE OF IT. COMMON SENSE TELLS US THAT IF THE 1986 AMNESTY FAILED TO GET THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND THE FEDERAL government TO LIVE UP TO THE PROMISES MADE ABOUT HIRING PRACTICES AND BORDER ENFORCEMENT, THERE IS NO REASON TO BELIEVE THEY WILL ACT MORE RESPONSIBLY THIS TIME. COMMON SENSE TELLS US THAT MILLIONS MORE IMMIGRANTS (LEGAL OR ILLEGAL) COMING TO THIS COUNTRY WITH FEW, IF ANY, SKILLS WILL NOT IMPROVE OUR ECONOMY OR UNEMPLOYMENT PROBLEMS. COMMON SENSE TELLS US THAT IMMIGRATION WITHOUT ASSIMILATION WILL ONLY EXACERBATE THE BALKANIZATION OF OUR SOCIETY.



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davej.francis
davej.francis

THE BIG LIE.

Now that “the end of the world” sequel has ended and the truth of the Mayan “end of days” is nothing but a falsehood, we need to get back to the business of this country hitting rock bottom. Let’s begin by exploiting the oil, natural gas and clean coal and open the huge of offshore and inland deposits.In the last two decades there have been numerous safety and environmental innovations, so there is no excuse for not using these resources. With so much fossil fuel available is there some ominous explanation why we are not using our own petroleum and selling residual amounts to friendly foreign countries. Could it be that some of our politicians are paid handsomely by Arab nations, to keep using their deposits, instead of our own?

Then we have illegal immigration which the two parties are obligated to cure when the cost and financial support is out-the-window. It’s amazing that the LEGAL WORKFORCE BILL (E-VERIFY) & THE BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP BILL that could eradicate illegal aliens entering America, if both laws were imposed? These laws sit on Senator Reid of Nevada desk or GOP leader John Boehner and NOT being voted on to stop this never ending recital that is a massive impossible monetary pressure on the taxpayers. This immigration problem has been created by the Democrats mostly and the Republicans over many years. The American people should speak up and demand no more compromises and tell Congress, “Do your job and do it now?” Command the legislators to pass illegal entry as a felony and watch the numbers of foreign nationals drop off.

BUILD THE REAL 2006 SECURE FENCE AND END ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. ALL THE HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WE SAVE, COULD CONSTRUCT A MAGNIFICENT FENCE 20 FOOT HIGH AND SINK THE SUPPORTS 30 FOOT DOWN. IF A REAL BORDER FENCE OCCUPIES THE DEMARCATION LINE BETWEEN THESE UNITED STATES AND THE OTHER AMERICA. WE COULD STOP THE POVERTY WE INHERIT FROM FORIGN COUNTRIES FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE. YES! TO LEGAL IMMIGRANTS AND A HUGE “NO” TO PEOPLE WHO TAKE US ALL FOR FOOLS, INCLUDING OUR OWN COMICS IN CONGRESS.

Have you ever noticed that on TV on the computers, magazines they always show the border fence as stretching into the distance? But the truth is that hundreds of miles have no barrier, no fence, unless you want to call some pre-war rusty barbed wire a FENCE? Why do you think that many landowners live in fear every day, because the drug dealers, skin peddlers’ and illegal aliens are dangerous? Between sectors there are no barriers, nothing to end this invasion. If that wasn’t enough over 46 percent of illegal immigrants or as the “open border” nuts describe “Visa overstays. They disappear once here as there is no WAY TO TRACK THESE PEOPLE WHO COME HERE WITH THE EXPRESS REASON OF NOT GOING HOME.

Not only is illegal immigration a major flaw to our downsizing economy, but when the IRS literary ignores illegal aliens stealing over an estimated 7 billion dollars this fiscal year in child tax credits,then these lawmakers are failing to protect America and should be dumped. The TEA PARTY LEADERSHIP has not been corrupted yet by the K Street lobbyists and is enduring because they have the backing of 41 million ordinary citizens. If the American Public doesn’t speak up soon, we will fail ourselves by allowing the essence of the socialism to sink this country. We can already recognize this, by the Obama huge giveaway of food stamps for all with no restrictions, free cell phones and a large chunk of welfare that the Spongers enjoy, whether illegal aliens, citizen-Americans or legal residents.

THIS ADMINISTRATION OR WASHINGTON HAS LIED SO MUCH, WHICH LATELY INCLUDES “THE FAST & FURIOUS” Gun running scandal into Mexico and the “BENGHAZI-GATE” where four brave souls were confronted by armed Al-Qaeda armed affiliates and slaughtered, under very suspicious circumstances and with many questions remaining to be answered?

THESE ARE JUST TWO PROBLEMS THAT COULD BE RESOLVED, IF ONLY THIS COUNTRY WAS NOT BROUGHT AND SOLD BY SPECIAL INTEREST ENTITIES.

 

tim011
tim011

Tom Tandcredo is correct, and I will go even further to say the people who support amnesty for illegal aliens are racists, racist against American citizens who lose jobs and taxes, and racist against potential Asian, African, and European immigrants since amnesty will benefit Latin Americans 30 times more than all other races.  

Your_Attorney
Your_Attorney

@tim011 "American" is not a race.  Shut up; you're dumb.

tim011
tim011

@Your_Attorney @tim011 

Discrimination based on national origin is called "racism" by the PC police, where have you been?  In this case it's discrimination against Americans.  

persacom1
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Republicans would will just be handing over 11 million more votes to the Democrats if they give Amnesty to illegal aliens. A better approach for Immigration Reform would be enforcement. Deport all illegal aliens currently in the country, secure our borders and go after anyone who hires an illegal alien. Make E-Verify mandatory and retro-active. Make employers fire the illegal aliens they now employe and have to hire American citizens. This will create millions of jobs and force higher wages for the poorest population.

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