Washington, DC, September 18, 2006 --(PR.com
)-- Straight Talk About Illegal Immigration In the Nation's Capital.
Beyond the monuments and museums, one of the best characteristics of Washington DC is the mix of culture and ethnicities. "There is a distinct and modest pride that we all share in the contributions that each of us make to our hometown, the District of Columbia," says Republican DC mayoral candidate Dennis Moore. "Nevertheless, we must be very mindful of the reality that there are important socioeconomic and structural responsibilities we must maintain and safeguard," Moore emphasizes.
Moore asserts that illegal immigration into the Nation's Capital has been nationally proven to bring expanded and increased burdens on local schools, available housing, healthcare systems, employment opportunities, fragile government budgets and critical public services. Moore says, "There is a clear and comprehensive difference between our legal immigrant citizen neighbors, who contribute greatly to the vitality of the District, and those who have chosen to reside, work and drain publicly financed services under various illegal activities." He affirms that in order for DC's illegal immigration laws to be effective, "There can be no gray area, doubt or distortion when it comes to the laws that apply to us all."
Moore reminds many, "Illegal still means breaking the law." He adds, "Breaking laws, or providing inequitable exceptions to the law, distorts and weakens the integrity of our legal system." The straight talking Republican mayoral candidate strongly believes, losing trust in the integrity of the legal system and immigration laws has long-term socioeconomic and security consequences for everyone in the Nation's Capital.
Moore emphasizes, "As mayor, I cannot and will not, sacrifice or set aside the standards of law that binds and strengthens our diverse communities. Moreover, I will be responsibly vigilant and proactive by insuring that our schools, housing, hospitals, jobs, security and other vital socioeconomic assets are not burdened or decreased by the activities of any illegal immigrants regardless of their national or ethnic of origin."
The District's most outspoken mayoral candidate say he will not engage in any "pretentious rhetoric, phony policy pronouncements or campaign pandering just to get elected, or stay elected." This, he strongly believes only insults the true value of every DC citizen's vote, and corrupts the integrity of his service and accountability as mayor. Moore likes to say, rather than just a mayor, he sees himself as an "executive public advocate of the people's interests."
Some in local liberal DC media think he has no chance against DC's overwhelming Democratic voter majority. Nevertheless, according to the final election data from the DC Board of Elections and Ethics, over two-thirds of Washington's registered voters decided not to show up at the polls on September 12th Primary election day. Moore asserts that, "No candidate can claim a mandate. DC does is not an abbreviation for dumb citizens, and many new and longtime Washingtonians want a better quality of straight talking and clear thinking candidates to run their city-state." Despite the exceptionally low certified voting numbers, some local DC news media are describing the Primary election as a "landslide" for the Democratic candidates.
A case in point regarding illegal immigration, Moore points out that, "Pressures on limited taxpayer revenue, plus the loss of living wage jobs, basic employment opportunities, family housing, efficient school systems, easier healthcare access, and effective public safety is not my vision for the District of Columbia." Various surveys indicate DC voters are tired of the same politics, policies and campaign rhetoric. All the more reason why Moore says he may be the outside the box candidate DC voters have been waiting for, and intends to "keep it real, get it right and dump the hype" when it comes to serving DC citizens as mayor.
"Simultaneously, I will take extraordinary measures to insure that our many valued new citizen-residents and visitors to our city-state are not discriminated against, exploited or diminished in any way by the illegal activities of others," Moore adds regarding illegal immigration related activities. Moore emphasizes, "I will strongly maintain a zero-tolerance policy against any and all forms of bias and exploitation against any of the District of Columbia's new citizens. It is my lifelong belief that our strength as a capital community, including native born and legal immigrant residents, resides in our diversity as rooted in the laws that guide, protect and define us as a nation."
Republican DC mayoral candidate Dennis Moore, released the details of his plans and proposal to end illegal immigration in the District of Columbia, while enhancing the value of the District's legal immigrant citizen residents. The outline of Moore's plans and proposals are as follows:
Straight Talk About Legal Immigration In the Nation's Capital
DC officials and candidates running for election won’t openly discuss the reality of illegal immigration in the District. I will. Many are silent or disguise and double-talk what they will ACTUALLY do regarding illegal immigration. I won’t. As a mayoral candidate and potential elected official, my integrity to govern and serve is as valuable as the vote you invested in my election. It is also about basic accountability, and genuine respect.
Unfortunately, playing the politics and politricks of getting elected disable most DC officials and candidates from making efforts to fully address illegal immigration, and its socioeconomic impact on every District citizen. I don't and won't have that disability.
Here is my action plan and proposal to best secure the Nation's Capital when we honestly recognize the present and expanding socioeconomic burdens, and security risks, of illegal immigration on all legal citizens of the Nation’s Capital:
RESIDENCY CARD: Authorize only legal DC citizen-residents and legal immigrant DC residents to carry a fully secure and verifiable residency card. The encoded holographic photo identity card will have an embedded electronic chip additionally encoded with tamperproof identity data. Violations in the use or counterfeiting of District of Columbia residency cards will result in 10 years of imprisonment and a $10,000 fine. Authorized owners of the residency cards are eligible for a one-time 1% tax credit on their annual DC income tax (i.e. $20,000 x .01 = $200). Through a decrease in fraud and abuse, the District of Columbia government will annually save over $2,000 per legal DC citizen resident from a reduction in the need to fund government operations to prevent and prosecute identity fraud, abuse of public services by unauthorized residents, as well as savings in better budgeting and targeting of taxpayer money for diverse government services. Additionally, it is mandatory that a fully accountable system be in place to ensure a higher level of safety for the Nation's Capital in the interest of national security and general local public safety. The residency card system will be managed by the newly created District of Columbia Residency Service (DCRS), and will have full investigative, arrest and prosecution powers.
PUBLIC SERVICES: Authorize only legal US citizen DC residents, US citizens and legal immigrants to have access to public services, and must prove their status through the District of Columbia's secure and verifiable DCRS residency card. Illegal recipient violators of public services will receive 1 year of imprisonment followed by immediate deportation.
EMPLOYMENT: Authorize only legal US citizen DC residents and legal immigrants to have access to private and public employment, and must prove their status through a secure and verifiable DCRS residency card. Insure swift and severe financial penalties and imprisonment against employers ($20,000 per illegal employee, plus 5 years imprisonment with a 10-year revocation of applicable business licenses and permits). Illegal employee violators will receive 1 year of imprisonment followed by immediate deportation.
HOUSING: Authorize only legal US citizen DC residents and legal immigrants to have access to private and public housing, and must prove their status through District of Columbia's secure verifiable DCRS residency card. Insure swift and severe financial penalties and imprisonment against residency owners, property managers, independent renters, and sub-leasers ($20,000 per illegal occupant, plus 5 years imprisonment with a 10-year revocation of applicable business licenses and permits). Illegal occupant violators will receive 1 year of imprisonment followed by immediate deportation.
HEALTH SERVICES: Authorize only legal US citizen DC residents and legal immigrants to have access to public health facilities and publicly financed health services, and must prove their status through District of Columbia's secure verifiable DCRS residency card. Only critical (immediate and short term life saving) emergency services will be provided. Insure swift and severe financial penalties and imprisonment against facilities and healthcare providers ($20,000 per illegal recipient, plus 5 years imprisonment with a 10-year revocation of applicable operating licenses and permits). Illegal recipient violators of health services will receive 1 year of imprisonment followed by immediate deportation.
EDUCATION: Authorize only legal US citizen DC residents and legal immigrants to have access to private and public education services supported by public funds and services, and must prove their status through District of Columbia's secure verifiable DCRS residency card. Insure swift and severe financial penalties and imprisonment against education facilities and training providers ($20,000 per illegal student, plus 5 years imprisonment with a 10-year revocation of applicable business licenses and permits). Illegal recipient violators of education services will receive 1 year of imprisonment followed by immediate deportation.
PROBATIONAL EMPLOYEE STATUS: Provide a fully accountable and secure system for non-citizen immigrants with certified US Immigration status to work and live in the District of Columbia through an employer-financed employment program. This program, Probationary Employment Status Authorization (PESA), is designed to track and transition immigrants with current and certifiable US non-citizen status into legal citizenship at employer expense. Employers are required to sponsor and pay the PESA applicant at or above the minimum DC wage (or compatible to the local salary rate for the occupation), plus finance the standard individual health benefits for the applicant. Employers must guarantee full-time employment for one year. In the 11th month of employment, PESA applicants must apply for legal citizenship. During the one year probationary employment period, and until legal US citizenship is authorized, the applicant cannot have citizenship or extend any PESA benefits to immediate family members (legally married spouse, legal guardian children, legal siblings and legal grandparents) until legal US citizenship is authorized. Extended family members (cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, in-laws, 'godparents' et cetera) are excluded from any family-linked citizenship. Applicant or employer violations of PESA statues will resort in immediate prosecution, 1 year of imprisonment and a $100,000 fine against both violators. Applicant violators face deportation after serving 1 year in jail.
Facing reality in a practical and compassionate way can be a challenging balance. Nevertheless, we have a primary responsibility to respond to any and all challenges that threaten our need for real socioeconomic stability and reliable traditions of equitable justice. A truly diverse yet common heritage defines us as Washingtonians, secures the integrity of our national capital, and empowers our nation. Compromising this integrity, security and heritage binds us to the culture of chaos found elsewhere.
Additional information can be read on Republican DC mayoral candidate Dennis Moore's website at www.MooreForPeople.com