The Red Card Solution

Americans are torn between our culture of law and order, our desire to have secure borders, and our need for the workers whose labor fuels our economy. There is a practical, workable solution that would require neither bigger bureaucracy nor higher taxes, a solution that can unite us on the middle ground. That solution is as old as America itself: Let the free market work.

The basis of this solution is simple. Separate the guest workers and immigrants in the debate, and in the legal system, on two completely different and unrelated paths. And use the powerful incentives of the free market system to guarantee the success of the guest worker program.

The results will be:

*A much simpler process for controlling the border because most of the problem won’t be there any more,
*An easy path for businesses to find the workers they need,
*A simple path for workers to get the jobs they need,
*A safer and more secure America.

The Red Card Solution creates a different system for the vast majority merely seeking work in the U.S.

Watch this video to understand the red card solution and its advantages:


Non-citizen workers would be put on a different track.

A simple way for them and their families to legally come to the U.S. for specific jobs and for a specific period of time. It would require them to go through a background check and to return home at the end of their employment. It would give them no special place in the citizenship line.

Smart cards

In order to allow these workers to enter the U.S. and keep track of them, a new non-citizen work permit is issued. The smart card would contain personal information encoded on the card itself in a microchip, much like a credit card, and be “swiped” in order to cross the border, providing workers the ability to come and go at will, instead of feeling stuck permanently in the U.S..

Controlling the border

The Red Card Solution will help secure the border by providing an easy method that allows legal workers to go through a background check and enter the country legally. This will free up the resources and manpower needed to control the border, and eliminate the vast majority of illegal border crossings.

The private sector solution

The Red Card Solution allows private employment agencies, licensed by the U.S. government, to open offices in foreign countries and issue non-citizen worker permits following a required detailed background check. This program is paid for by applicant fees and businesses that want legal workers — not by taxpayers.

Tracking workers

Employers and law enforcement would be able to check the legal status of temporary workers by simply “swiping” their cards to verify they are allowed to work at a certain location. It will remain illegal to hire a worker not in the country legally.

Effective Law Enforcement

The most powerful motivating force is human self-interest. It is what drives free markets. The Red Card Solution uses that principal to create a system that will reduce illegal immigration, control the borders, and strengthen our economy. Once a legal non-citizen worker card becomes available, it will be the first resort of businesses wanting to operate legally and employees who want to come out of the shadows.

The Red Card Solution: Bringing Order to U.S. Borders – by Helen Krieble

 Border Security and Temporary Workers (English) (Spanish)

More information: RedCardSolution.com

Eneas Biglione introduces the Krieble proposal at the Mexican Congress:

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