Blue Card solution to Immigration Problems worldwideSubmitted by Treg on Tue, 07/01/2008 - 13:40
Some years ago at an ISIL conference in Costa Rica, the discussion centered around freedom and immigration. I offered the "Blue Card" solution to America's immigration problem to those in attendance. I also brought up the Blue Card idea to Dr. Milton Friedman who thought it was a good original idea, but in the end thought he had reservations about it. He was worried it may cause “different classifications of citizens” ie. Some could vote, some could get welfare, some could work & some could not, etc. I noted that we have that now, with Student Visas, Tourist Visas, Fiancée Visas, Green Cards and alike.
The idea of the Blue Card is simple enough. The principle of free and open borders is a good one and must be respected with two conditions in mind. A) The Blue Card does allow its holder to live and work as a guest in the Country for five years, but the number of Blue Cards issued can be regulated and measured against those that give up their Blue Card upon leaving the Country. Unfettered unchecked immigration could bring murderers on the run, infectious health carriers, and those seeking to the USA harm. B) American is a limited by time & resources, and thus can assimilate only a certain amount of people into its American culture per year. The numbers of people coming in from each country and trying to enter the USA should be weighed against ease of American identity assimilation and making sure as to not overwhelm the countries existing citizens. And C) The Blue Card, though easy to attain, does not entitle the holder to any welfare benefits and is not a recognized path to Citizenship. Marriage, always a key factor in anyone's assimilation, could remain the path to Citizenship.
I think that C) is particularly important. The ease of attaining a Blue Card should make American Citizens alert and cautious if a foreigner does not have one. Further, other countries could also implement a parallel Blue Card program. So, if say some Americans wanted to go live and work in China, they could attain a Chinese Blue Card. In much the same way, China could regulate who is coming in, how many remain, how many return.
Things that an INS entry examiner should look for is; 1) That the person entering comes from a Country that has not sent the limit already inside the USA. 2) that they have full command, both written & oral, of the English language. 3) Have prior certification of skills to drive a car. 4) Have sufficient bank account funds to survive for 3 months. 5) Have international medical insurance from a private carrier so no host country welfare would be needed. 6) Have a police record release from home city. 7) Have a release form from a certified hospital on health & immunization records. No Possession of contraband. 9) Have declared their intention to return to their home country via a return ticket, return boat ticket, return bus ticket, or a set aside account funds for return -which INS could freeze & hold. And finally 10) Statement that this is not a case of needing asylum for any reason.
Once these criteria are met, then free and open immigration should easily be granted with a Blue Card. Even if people come from countries not known for ease of assimilation, those people from such countries could show the INS examiner upon entry.
Lets look at Thailand for example. Many Americans travel to Thailand, yet few from Thailand come to the USA. Each Country could agree to issue an equal number of Blue Cards into the system. Should over a 1 million Americans per year need a Thailand Blue Card, then a corresponding "set aside" or reserve amount of Blue Cards could be "held and waiting" for any Thailand citizens to use and enter the USA. Thailand and other countries may choose not to have local language requirement, thus making it easier for Americans to qualify for a Thailand Blue Card.
Lets look at Mexico for example. Many Americans travel to Mexico, and that number could be matched for those that enter the USA. Thus the total amounts of Blue Cards issued could "float" from year to year, day to day, week to week. If the examiner looked into his computer and saw that 4 new Blue Cards could be issued to Mexicans wanting to enter into the USA, he could grant 4 that day. If an overwhelming amount of American retirees have been enticed to live in Mexico, then that amount could be matched on the American side.
Again, the goal of the Blue Card is to maintain relatively free and open borders, with safety and ease of assimilation in mind, and make sure that the host country is not being over whelmed or "invaded". The Blue Card idea is to make sure those movements of people between countries is balanced out, and the liability of this travel falls squarely upon the traveler and not the host country.
So lets take France for example. Perhaps there over 1 million Americans who wish to live and work in France for a year. But France, not wanting to be "invaded by Americans" has put a limit on the number of Blue Cards to equal the number of Frenchman wanting a Blue Card to the USA. That number happens to be only 30,000, then only 30 thousand Americans will be able to get a Blue Card to go to France. But perhaps 30 thousand Blue Cards do not get issued by France to American because only 20 thousand can speak French or pass the test to drive on their roads (roundabouts mess us up). So there would be shortfall of 10 thousand Blue Cards waiting for Americans, but we don't qualify for them. Perhaps the desire to qualify for them would inspire 10 thousand Americans to bone up on their French and driving skills, -- increasing worldwide assimilation.
Let’s take Libya for example. Perhaps there are many Libyan businessman and potential tourists wanting to travel to the USA. But because of Americans wanting to travel to a Muslim country, lead by a leader who was seen as a villain in the West, so few go there. So the Libyan government may get enough domestic pressure that it decides to enact an educational domestic program to get the Muslim people happy about seeing Americans there. They may make welcoming Americans as their "top priority", making American Blue Card holders as "royal guests" and increasing year to year the number of Americans traveling there. The more Americans traveled to Libya, the more they could travel here under the Blue Card program of open and free and secure travel.
One of the “benefits" of such a system, is that it would place a lot of pressure on every country to become the most "Attractive" country that everyone wants to go visit and see and even live. This would, as I see it, inspire those countries who are "less desirable" today, become very desirable places for others to visit and stay a while. Indeed, countries such as Colombia may choose to focus upon whole cities becoming safe and “tourist magnets” for others to come too. In the long run, each country would have a big incentive to insure that BLUE CARD holders are treated with respect and Safety, for it is tied to how many Blue Cards they are entitled too as well. The Blue Card, as we can see with the French example above, may indeed inspire greater worldwide cultural assimilation. Case in point. Should the USA continue its international bullying, perhaps Americans could not receive any Blue Cards to that country. Those who want to do business in Iran or Russia or Venezuela would apply domestic political pressure for the USA to “get along” and resolve the conflict without further delay or violence. Indeed, the international Blue Card system would put pressure on all countries to “get along”.
Well it’s all "just a thought". Please discuss the good and bad about the merits of a libertarian oriented Blue Card system.
In Peace & Liberty,