The Third Way—Introduction
The third way is a bi-partisan immigration reform model designed to allow undocumented immigrants and the 20-30 million American employers who illegally hire them, to become legally and fiscally responsible.
Currently, most of the expenses related to our 11 million undocumented immigrants, including the 8.5 million who work here, unjustly fall on American taxpayers while their employers benefit from less expensive labor and fulfilling difficult job needs. Our immigrant taxes are dysfunctional and tax fraud is rampant, begging for revisions to deal with our massive illegal immigration issues.
This model is a modern update of the Immigration Act of 1882 that taxed non-citizens arriving by ship 50 cents each, to be paid to the ship’s owner. The funds were deposited into an “immigration fund” in the U.S. Treasury to defray expenses incurred in regulating immigration. The tax needed to be paid before boarding the ship. It was a simple levy, and the third way proposes a similar solution adapted to present-day requirements.