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FEDERAL RECOMMENDATIONS

FEDERAL RECOMMENDATIONS

The Commission recommends that the federal government:

  • 1. Increase high tech VISAs. (Cotter)
  • 2. Make the visa process easier and more efficient for trained and seasonal workers (Hammon)
  • 3. Stop automatic birthrights. (Zenah)
  • 4. Pass meaningful immigration reform legislation. (Reed)
  • 5. Expand the current guest worker program to support the needs of industries not currently eligible for guest workers, such as the construction, manufacturing, poultry processing and hospitality industries (Downs).
  • 6. Prevent illegal immigrants from receiving federal benefits. (Zenah)
  • 7. Secure America's borders. (Downs and Mobley)
  • 8. Improve the accuracy of the existing E-Verify program. (Reed)
  • 9. Require every employee to present a photo identification card and be fingerprinted before employment for verification of immigration status. (Myers)
  • 10. Establish a federal biometric ID card for everyone legally in the United States.
  • 11. Assess the number of working visas needed by the State and ensure the State could request the same amount (DeVane & Ordonez).
  • 12. Implement a guest worker program (DeVane & Ordonez).
  • 13. Stream line the current guest worker and visa programs thereby making it easier, quicker and less cumbersome for business (Downs and Campbell).
  • 14. Require employers to supply guest worker with health insurance -- a portion of the premium will be paid by the guest worker and the balance by the employer (Downs).
  • 15. Require the use of high-technology assets, formerly used only by the military, to police our borders and provide and train additional border patrol agents to intercept arriving aliens (Campbell)
  • 16. Require undocumented workers in the United States to register with the Department of Homeland Security, and create a means for their dependents, not born in the United States, to register as well (Campbell).
  • 17. Provide additional visas for future workers. (Campbell).
  • 18. Provide U.S. employers with a one-stop employment visa application process through one federal agency or one federal contractor, and order the three federal bureaucracies currently involved - Labor, Homeland Security, and State - to sort it out (Campbell).
  • 19. Enforce penalties for employers who do not file applications for legal work authorization on behalf of their illegal workers and for employers who exploit those workers within six months of a simplified employment visa application process in the U.S. (Campbell).
  • 20. Oppose amnesty. (Campbell).
  • 21. Provide additional immigrant visas for family reunification. (Campbell).
  • 22. Take up immigration reform as its first order of business in 2009 and resolve not to take up any other business until a bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform package is passed (Campbell).
  • 23. Impose stiff penalties on businesses or individuals who willingly/knowingly hire illegal immigrants (Mobley).

STATE RECOMMENDATIONS

 

The Commission recommends that:

  

Public Benefits

 

  • 24. Illegal immigrants are prohibited from receiving public benefits. (Reed, Ordonez and DeVane).

Education

  • 25. Immunization cards are required within 30 days for all children entering public schools. (Maize)
  • 26. School systems promulgate rules requiring that students be taught English. (Cotter)
  • 27. Immigrant school children should abide by the same laws and requirements as U. S. citizens regarding documentation required (proof of immunization, etc) (Mobley).

Public Health

  • 28. The hospital association, medical association, and Department of Public Health form a taskforce to look at issues of emergency room visits and illegal immigrants to propose recommendations for the 2009 legislative session. (Reed).
  • 29. Illegal aliens pay a fee for Medical Care, even under "Emergency" circumstances, defining an Emergency as being life threatening, not just a doctor visit at the Emergency room (Beason, DeVane & Ordonez).

Public Safety

  

  • 30. Vehicles are impounded when a driver does not have a valid driver's license and current insurance. (Hammon, Devane, Ordonez and Downs)
  • 31. Private property of someone found to be in this country illegally is seized. (Hammon)
  • 32. People driving without valid licenses are arrested. (Beason)
  • 33. State law enforcement agencies run e-verify and SAVE on everyone that is arrested. (Beason)
  • 34. State and local police have the general power to investigate and arrest illegal immigrants who are in the country without prior INS knowledge and approval. (Zenah)
  • 35. Alabama law enforcement have the authority to enforce the felony laws making it a federal felony to knowingly harbor and give sanctuary to illegal aliens. (Zenah)
  • 36. A person is prohibited from purchasing a vehicle, a tag, or insurance without a driver's license and valid SSN. (Zenah)
  • 37. Alabama seek funding (federal grant) to train ICE authorized personnel in foreign languages (DPS-Lowe)
  • 38. The number of ICE trained troopers is increased as funds and ICE training space permit (DPS-Lowe)
  • 39. Non-sworn personnel at larger jails are encouraged to be trained as ICE officers (3 week course, authority limited to jail) (DPS-Lowe)
  • 40. Those arrested for a DUI are detained to determine citizenship status
  • 41. Local, Municipal and State Law Enforcement have the power to investigate and arrest Illegal aliens caught in a criminal act, by instituting a policy of "catch and return" which is the same reform the Department of Homeland Security is implementing (DeVane & Ordonez).
  • 42. Alabama must immediately educate, train and equip our local and state law enforcement on how to properly enforce current laws and do it correctly, using the ICE Law Enforcement Assistance Center (LESC) (Downs).
  • 43. The necessary equipment, technology and software is provided for all law enforcement to quickly and accurately identify criminals and resident status as they are processed (Downs).
  • 44. Sanctuary communities are prohibited in the state of Alabama (Downs).
  • 45. The 287(g) program is increased especially in areas where the population has caused strains in the community, health and education system (Downs).
  • 46. More ICE agents are placed in the state, specifically in the more problematic areas (Downs).
  • 47. Our judicial system and law enforcement does not ‘drop' charges against an alien but pursues a penalty for the crime diligently to allow for deportation (Downs).
  • 48. The workforce of the Immigration Departments is increased with qualified people to enforce all facets of immigration law (Mobley).
  • 49. Driver's licenses and automobile tags should not be issued without proof of citizenship and insurance (Mobley).

Workforce

  • 50. Businesses follow the newly implemented I-9 process that provides for strict document verification and reporting. (Beason)
  • 51. ICE agents are encouraged to work in DIR to determine whether paperwork is legal (Hinshaw) (Note: Ask ICE on 1/31/08)
  • 52. State troopers and DIR coordinate efforts (Hinshaw)
  • 53. E-verify is required on State contracts. (Hammon)
  • 54. DIR develop a verification process where no employee can work until his or her identify is verified. (Hinshaw)
  • 55. Illegal immigrants' salaries are taxed 40%. (Ordonez)
  • 56. Businesses and government agencies (AIDT and ADO) develop a program that helps businesses recruit legal workers through career fairs, scholarships, and the development of recruiting and training programs outside of the major cities. (Reed & Beason)
  • 57. Governor signs a proclamation encouraging private companies to use e-verify. (Zenah)
  • 58. State and federal government pass legislation providing tax incentives to companies that use e-verify. (Washington)
  • 59. Alabama compile data on the number and impact of illegal immigrants. (Zenah)
  • 60. The business licensees of companies that knowingly hire illegal immigrants are revoked. (Zenah and Hinshaw)
  • 61. State grants and contracts are denied to companies who hire illegals. (DeVane and Ordonez).
  • 62. Professional and commercial licenses are denied to illegal aliens. (DeVane and Ordonez).
  • 63. Alabama employers who contract with the state use E-Verify (Campbell).
  • 64. Any employer who hires illegal aliens, upon clear and convincing evidence, shall not have his business or professional license renewed (Campbell).
  • 65. Burden to prove citizenship should not be required for employers regardless of the industry (Mobley).

Legal

  • 66. The unauthorized practice of law by notaries is prohibited. (Madden)
  • 67. Current Alabama tax laws are enforced to prevent illegal employment and tax fraud. (Zenah)
  • 68. Any state immigration provisions should pre-empt local immigration provisions (Downs)
  • 69. Alabama should not pass state legislation that is likely to be challenged and cost the taxpayers to defend. (Reed)
  • 70. Alabama watch states like Arizona and Oklahoma to see which laws withstand legal challenges and then consider which legislation might better Alabama (Downs).
  • 71. The State Attorney General's office provide an opinion on what state laws if enforced on a state and local level would quickly enable the state to control and curtail the growth and expansion of illegal immigration (Downs).
  • 72. The Attorney General's office create a task force to determine which current laws, if enforced, would help to curb the illegal immigration problem and population (Downs).
  • 73. Laws that are already on the books are enforced, and laws applied to U.S. citizens should be applied to legal and illegal immigrants. (Mobley).

General

  • 74. Illegal immigrants are discouraged from coming to Alabama. (Zenah)
  • 75. Alabama prevent election fraud by illegal immigrants. (Zenah)
  • 76. Mandatory liability insurance is required for drivers (Reed).
  • 77. The penalties for drivers that do not have insurance are increased (Reed).
  • 78. Additional forms of identification are required when issuing a marriage license (DeVane and Ordonez).
  • 79. Alabama pass H.R.4088, the SAVE Act (Secure America through Verification and Enforcement Act of 2007) by U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler (N.C.). (DeVane & Ordonez).
  • 80. Alabama identify the information needed in order to be eligible for Federal funding and then mandate that this information be collected by the appropriate agencies, businesses, localities (Downs).
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