"Many undocumented immigrants work 'under the table' and do not pay Social Security or income taxes. Most are law-abiding, except for the fact that they are illegally residing in the United States. Some illegally cross the border, while others entered legally, but stayed longer than they were entitled.
"First and foremost we must secure our borders. It appears that we have made progress, but improvements can be made. We also need to keep better track of persons who enter the United States legally, but overstay.
"With respect to persons who have resided in the United States illegally, many of whom have raised families and have worked here for years, It would not be feasible to try to remove or deport all of these people, nor would it be moral to deport persons who were brought here at a young age, who know no other country.
"Currently, Asylees from Cuba can have an order of deportation without being deported. There is a mechanism for suspending the order of deportation and placing these persons on supervision. Therefore, there is a precedent for the following.
"I would propose giving undocumented or illegal immigrants a window of time to report to Homeland Security, consent to an order of deportation, with the order being suspended, the person placed on supervision, and given a work permit. The condition of supervision is that the person would pay Social Security and income taxes on all work they performed, they would not commit a felony, and they would continuously inform the Department of Homeland Security of their whereabouts. Any violation could result in deportation.
"In addition, The undocumented or illegal immigrant would not be eligible for an earned income tax credit nor would he or she be credited with the Social Security taxes paid into the Social Security trust fund.
"The above would not be 'amnesty'. The undocumented or illegal immigrants would pay a stiff penalty in the form of financial contributions to the US treasury and Social Security trust fund. However, it would allow them to come out of the shadows.
"If the undocumented or illegal immigrant successfully complied with the order of supervision for seven years, the person would be eligible for permanent residency and to apply for citizenship.
"I believe the above incentive would generate tens of billions of dollars in revenues for the Social Security trust fund. The majority of illegal or undocumented immigrants would participate. The ones that did not participate would face deportation. The number of those people facing deportation would be manageable by the Department of Homeland Security and other law-enforcement."