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Michael Vasquez in Upstate New York

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I am Michael Vasquez, and I would like to be your next Congressman for the New York 22nd District.



Immigration

The incumbent for the New York 22nd Congressional district has made quite the wild ride out of this issue.

He has been for immigration reform, which current proposals seek to reward illegal immigrants with citizenship. Many Americans have a problem with rewarding an active disregard for our laws, that in some cases has lasted for decades.

He has questioned the impact of immigration reform, and the obvious negative immediate impact on the unemployment rate and competition for jobs that would come from an instant citizenship.

He has co-sponsored HR 2131, where STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) jobs will be given to an additional 90,000 foreigners. Jobs that could go to Americans, even as the number of qualified Americans for the next 10 years will hit 2 for every 1 STEM job available.

I disagree with this haphazard and inconsistent approach. It does not reflect the views of the NY-22. In fact it is hard to say where Rep. Hanna stands on the issue as he yo-yo's from one side to the other.



I understand that many illegal immigrants have made sacrifices to live and work in America. I can sympathize with the desire to be in the most free nation in the world and to be able to earn more here than is ever possible in their home countries. The desire to give their families a quality of life that they cannot get elsewhere. I acknowledge that the majority of illegal aliens don't break laws - beyond the initial and continued violation of immigration law.

But there is a rule of law, to discard it invites anarchy. As written, the proposed reform presented in 2013 would actually encourage more generations of immigrants to by-pass our laws. They may bet on waiting out the will of the politicians to observe the will of their constituents, as apparently is happening now after the reforms of the 1980's. This is even further complicated by the political calculations made by some politicians on how they can gain more power from the new citizens, who would "owed" allegiance for the law that was changed.

I understand that we cannot just round up 11 -12 million people and deport them all from our nation. It is logistically impossible, and the ramifications of trying to do so would be havoc. Plus the will of the people are not without compassion to the plight of these illegal immigrants.

Still, I also cannot support taking jobs away from Americans, especially at a time when - though our political leaders suggest otherwise - the nation is suffering. STEM jobs are an important part of our future economy, adding competition that is not needed does nothing to help those without jobs, or those looking for one in the future. I see no benefit in providing visa's and promoting small business growth outside our nation before addressing the needs of our nation first.

My solution:

The answer I propose is accountability for the actions taken, with compassion based in the laws of our land.

Those illegals that have not committed a crime, that have roots in our community, and are otherwise productive and law-abiding, should be placed at the back of the line - having to wait the same time, and needing to accomplish the same goals we require of any other immigrant to our nation.

In addition, each illegal alien should be required to pay a fine, of no less than $1,000 for each year they have been in this nation prior to being placed into the queue for citizenship. In return, they can come out of the shadows and embrace living in our nation without fear of deportation.

The exception to this would be children. Those that are younger than 18 at the time of passage of the law. They would be grandfathered and allowed to be citizens, with proof of when they entered this nation. Any child older is a legal adult, and would be treated as an adult - because there are consequences all adults must deal with for decisions made.

Another part of the law that I would support is that this will NOT be extended to future illegal immigrants or their children. America is compassionate, but an open invitation is not being extended, and must be clear to dis-encourage future illegal aliens.

In addition, to the issue of STEM jobs, I will NOT support HR 2131 or any Bill that would add competition to American workers while our economy maintains 21 million under- and unemployed. We need to fix our house first, before we can invite others to it.

I am open to discuss this plan, to tweak the details such that the majority of the NY-22 agree, and such that passage can be attained in Congress. But, and I believe the people of the NY-22 agree, I will not reward the active violation of our laws with "instant" and unearned citizenship. That is one item I will NOT bend or budge on.




If there is an issue that I have not covered, that you believe is essential and being overlooked by Congress and Government, please contact me so I can share my views to all constituents on that. I will do my best to cover all the major issues presented to me, in speeches and here.


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