“Lawlessness is lawlessness. Anarchy is anarchy is anarchy. Neither race nor color nor frustration is an excuse for either lawlessness or anarchy.

Solving illegal immigration begins with giving employers the tools they need to verify employment eligibility.  This has become increasingly difficult for employers as document fraud has become a widespread problem as employers are ill-equipped to detect and authenticate workers’ identification documents.  A universal, non-discriminatory and tamper-resistant Social Security card would be a practical solution to this growing problem.  Currently, there are more than 30 types of identification employers can use to verify employment eligibility.  By limiting the burden of documentation to just one, uniform card, employers will finally have the tools they need to comply with the law.  We need to separate those who are egregiously violating the law and those who do not have the means to enforce and comply with the law.

Once the employment incentive is eliminated, immigrants worldwide will have to look elsewhere for job opportunities and the flood of illegal immigrants coming into our country will subside.  Now there is chorus of people in Washington D.C. who do not believe enforcement first will work, but considering that the federal government has never enforced our laws, it is impossible to know what effect real enforcement will have on stemming the illegal immigration tide.

The only thing Congress could do to make the problem worse is offer another incentive for people to leave their home countries and come to the United States.  Call it a comprehensive plan, call it a temporary worker program or a pathway to citizenship, call it amnesty – the results will still be the same.  You cannot address our failures in illegal immigration policy by repeating the failed policies of the past.  Amnesty hasn’t worked.  Neither has ignoring the problem.  Why not try the one thing we haven’t done yet?  By enforcing our laws, securing our borders and holding employers accountable, we can avoid repeating our mistakes and live up to our country’s promise of being a nation governed by the rule of law.