Proposed Path To Citizenship Should Require A Financial Sponsor

American taxpayers have been supporting our legal and illegal immigrant population for decades. Trillions of tax dollars that could have been spent on our crumbling US infrastructure simply siphoned away to support so called aspiring citizens lives. Why?

Back in the 1960’s, US Immigration law used to require citizen candidates, student and work visa applicants to have a sponsor. A US citizen or family in good standing willing to accept financial responsibility for those seeking legal employment, an education and possible US citizenship. This policy worked extremely well for America as assimilation into American culture and the financial needs of aspiring American citizens fell on the backs of noble volunteers or family members instead of the US taxpayer.

The Immigration Reform bill, the Border Security and “blah, blah, blah” Act of 2013 ignores one of the main concerns of its opponents: the COST.

I am all for smart legal immigration. However, America can no longer afford to offer entitlement eligibility to anyone seeking US citizenship, employment or educational opportunities. Supplemental nutritional assistance, free healthcare, free lunch, free school supplies, free cell phones, free immigration lawyers, and the costs of bi-lingual education are staggering. These costs will not vaporize when Immigration Reform occurs. They will explode.

Back in the day, candidates for US citizenship were forbidden from applying or receiving government assistance. They were also prohibited—for a probationary period of 5 years after they swore their oath—from receiving any government help. If they could not provide for themselves and their families, it fell on their sponsors to provide, not the taxpayer.

I would like to propose a very simple addition to our immigration reform legislation. A solution that will bring everyone out of the “shadows” especially those who have supported or benefited from decades of failed US immigration policy changes.

Bring back sponsors.

No sponsor and you go home. No sponsor no green card. No sponsor, no student visa.

Sponsors would shoulder all the costs of an individual or family throughout the citizenship process and for a period of 5 years after citizenship is granted. No tax deductions, no special exemptions, just responsible immigration assimilation. Morally superior immigration reform advocates could gladly obligate themselves to help our fellow man assimilate and become a productive law abiding—Democrat or Republican—addition to our great melting pot, on their dime.

CEO’s and owners of American businesses who have benefited from and continue to claim a need for unskilled immigrant labor, should by law be responsible for guarantying a financial sponsor for each and every one of their “provisional status” workers and their families. Either that or their company can pick up the tab for the taxpayer-financed benefits their employees and their families receive.

Senators Marco Rubio, John McCain, Chuck Schumer and Lindsay Graham can be true trailblazers by bringing back this tried and true Ted Kennedy mothballed immigration policy. I would even suggest that they take the lead by sponsoring—on their dime—a family of dreamers for American citizenship. Talk about oversight.

Kindhearted Senate Majority leader, Harry Reid, could provide personal financial sanctuary to any number of citizen candidates or provisional status workers. He could foot the bill for a few of those that are here “through no fault of their own.” How about President Barry and his Michelle?

After forty years of failed immigration policy changes, somehow, the stewards of our Republic are still turning their backs on immigration laws that worked in the past. Somehow, they never look back for a solution, only forward. Removing the requirement of sponsorship from the immigration and naturalization process was intentional and a huge mistake.

At one time, the opportunities to live, work, be educated and eventually become eligible for US citizenship required paying your own way. Along with a legitimate period of public benefits ineligibility, any reform legislation should require citizen applicants or visa applicants to have a financial sponsor. It is smart, simple and fiscally responsible.

It is just common sense.