By: Kevin Maisto
As part of our first academic session, Exploring Bipartisan Solutions, we were tasked with creating a resolution regarding either immigration, the federal debt, or healthcare reform. We sought to create a truly bipartisan policy that would appeal to a majority of Congress and would result in realistic policy changes that would best benefit our nation.
After many moving speakers, we chose immigration reform as our key issue, incorporating aspects of healthcare, education, and economic stimulus.
After hours of deliberation, our group created the following resolution:
Now, therefore, be it resolved:
That geographically-distributed tax offsets for education, healthcare, and infrastructure will be offered to communities that actively facilitate pathways to citizenship for currently unauthorized immigrants. Further;
That new tax legislation shall be implemented for newly authorized immigrants to ensure the sustainability of the social services provided by these communities. And further;
That in order to prevent further unauthorized immigration, Congress shall provide immediate financial support to strengthen and secure our nation’s borders.
Now, we ask for your input.
Any national policy as foundational as this requires the support of the American voters. We all have personal stakes in this great nation. Therefore, what are your initial thoughts on the success of this resolution?
Our main focus is creating a truly bipartisan resolution that incorporates ideals and values that are held by a majority of Congress – Is this bipartisan enough? Too far? Write it below.
Do you feel that there are aspects of immigration reform that we failed to cover or certain interest groups that would be damaged by this new resolution?
Please comment below with your thoughts – this is simply our first draft and we hope to be able to take your input and make modifications to create the most comprehensive and practical immigration reform possible.