Illegal immigrants who overstay visas almost never caught, feds admit
They can't seem to leave. Must be a terrible place!
More immigrant and tax goodness below the fold.
"While border crossers draw heavily from Latin America, visa overstays come from across the globe — including from so-called “special interest” countries with ties to terrorism."
Like Saudi effing Arabia, and the other Sunni kingdoms. These are our enemies. Why do they have anything but highly limited access to begin with? Limit Saudi tourists to a tiny number. If they overstay their visa, ban them for 10 or 15 years, If egregious, more than a month, imprison them for a year. This is not difficult stuff.
We need a come to Jesus about immigration. While I would like to see more immigration, it must be people who wish to come as either tourists, or workers, or residents, they must be honest, and we must allow much more of all three, but we should be restrictive on nations, or areas which are constantly spinning off problems like terror.
We could eliminate nearly every problem we have with this if we would EITC our welfare state utilizing private accounts for housing, medical payments, living expenses, etc. This way EITC moneys would flow to US citizens and residents who participate voluntarily in the income tax code. The money would be decided into specific EITC/Welfare accounts for the individuals use. They could retain any residual with excess amounts automatically transferring to permanent medical/retirement account similar to the present HSA (which would be a federal matching payments account, so any money deposited or transferred at the end of the year would be subject to a federal matching amount).
[I would prefer the federal government be paid by each state paying a pro rata share of the federal budget based on its population percentage compared to the total US population; this would require eliminating the income tax, payroll tax, corporate tax, duties and tariffs, and estate and gift tax. So, Oregon which contains about 1% of the total US population would send to the government 1% of the total US budget allocation. This would be a monthly payment. The states could tax individuals as they see fit. This would allow wide experimentation as to the most economically valuable ways to tax.]
However, I suspect this is too outside the box so . . .
Eliminate the income tax, payroll tax, corporate tax, duties and tariffs, and estate and gift tax, and move to a consumption tax (or combination of consumption taxes) Constitutionally limited to specific percentages of GDP and only temporarily increasable by popular vote of the electorate. Decreases would only need a majority of the legislature. Allow a temporary period of increase during declared war while engaged in active fighting, or recovery of troops.
This would create a base upon which new immigrants could come to America, participate economically. Americans would be protected, and the immigrants allowed to prosper, and drive the American economy along with other productive American workers.
Taxes would be simple and either paid per state demand and forward to the federal government, or paid at the point of purchase, the government would not need to know any personal information of any American citizen or resident unless that person decided to voluntarily access EITC/Welfare/Social Security/Medicare. This access would be available to all, but income and wealth means tested. The federal government should then get out of medical regulation, and tax the states 50% of the value for any state regulated medical issues, medical insurance regulations, etc. Thus if a state regulates that medical plans must include a particular care modality, say a requirement that all plans must carry at least 12 days of inpatient psychiatric care, the state would be taxed 50% of the economic cost of that regulation. This would take the fun out of passing costly regulations by the states.
Lastly, only allow the federal government to make disbursements of moneys either for "value received," or to individual humans. Disallow federal disbursements to nonhuman entities of any sort.
Yes, I know, not enough graft, and corruption so the progressives politicians will never go for it.
I await the states. Once they go through the pension bubble collapse, the municipal bankruptcies, and the related collapse, and the myriad state budget infarctions, and are reformed, it is likely they will be amenable to politically pressuring the federal government into change.
All of this will likely require the overturning of the 16, 17 Amendments to the Constitution. We made a hash of the Constitution during the first few decades of the 20th century!