I put forth the statement that the current citizenship system is flawed.
Both the system for immigrants to become citizens and how native Americans are automatically citizens.
Here is the system I propose, subject to dissection, analysis, and of course, the thread is open to alternate systems:
Being born in America does not grant automatic Citizenship. It grants Residency.
Social Studies and U.S. History are required subjects in school.
At the age of 16, an American is eligible to take the citizenship exam.
Upon entering America, an immigrant is given the same rights as a 16 year old.
Taking the necessary classes for the citizenship exam is at cost, the same across the nation, and is set low, something like $3/hr.
When ready, the immigrant is eligible to take the citizenship exam.
At 16, or upon entering America, for non-citizens there are Rights and Sacrifices.
The Right to Employment
If capable of performing a job, they will receive wages equal to or higher than the national minimum wage.
The Right to Transportation
If capable of passing the required exams, they will receive a driver's license.
The Right to Shelter
If financially able, they can lease an apartment or purchase a home, but they may not have tenants.
The Right to Credit
If employed, they are allowed to apply for a loan for the purpose of purchasing a home, a vehicle, or starting a business.
The Right to Protection
If any of these rights, or basic civil liberties, are being violated, they have the right to be protected by federal, state, or local law enforcement.
The Right to Private Health Care
If able to afford it, they have the right to purchase private medical coverage.
The Sacrifice of Taxation
Non-citizenship is not a free ride. Non-citizens will still pay taxes, based on their income, as any other citizen.
The Sacrifice of Representation
Non-citizens will not vote. No interest group will speak on behalf of non-citizens.
The Sacrifice of Scholarship
Non-citizens will not receive State or Federal-based financial aid, loans, or scholarships.
The Sacrifice of Welfare
Non-citizens will not receive Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, WIC, etc.
The Sacrifice of Investment
Non-citizens will not own public or private stock in any business, corporate entity, or government bonds.
Upon becoming a citizen, those Sacrifices are eliminated and their inverse become Rights.
I may have missed some, but that's the basic idea I have.
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