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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gisalexGiancarlo Ibargüen Freedom Award:

HACER´s Giancarlo Ibárgüen Freedom Award was designed to incentivize work that promotes personal liberty in a way that is consistent with human dignity. It is named after one of the greatest businessmen and promoters of the principles of liberty who has ever existed. During his time at the Francisco Marroquín University as well as through his contributions to the Liberty Fund, the Mont Pelerin Society, and many other organizations, Giancarlo Ibárgüen has exhibited an unparalleled generosity and an accepting spirit. His openness toward innovation, his penchant for discovery, and his tireless, always optimistic work in the face of many a challenge (in his personal life as much as in his commitment to his work and his country) have made Ibárgüen a role model for our generation and for generations to come.

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* Giancarlo Ibargüen Freedom Award 2016: Giancarlo Ibargüen S. (Guatemala)

* Giancarlo Ibargüen Freedom Award 2017: Rocío Guijarro Saucedo (Venezuela)

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HACER’s Simón Bolívar Award was inspired by the 19th-century Venezuelan military leader known as the ‘libertador’, since he played a key role in Hispanic America’s successful struggle for independence from the Spanish Empire.

The prize was developed to encourage those outstanding leaders whose work has successfully promoted security, freedom and democracy in the Americas.

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Simon Bolivar Award 2010: Álvaro Uribe Vélez (Colombia)

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HACER’s Alberdi Award was inspired by the 19th-century Argentine intellectual Juan Bautista Alberdi. He will be remembered in the Americas as a champion of freedom for his contributions to the defense of liberty and for outlining the Argentine constitution in 1853.

The prize was developed to encourage and reward writers, essayists and commentators whose published works promote the institutions of a free society in the Americas: limited government, rule of law fostered by an independent judiciary, protection of private property, free markets, free speech, and sound science. The prize, a total of USD $2,000, will be awarded every year.

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Juan Bautista Alberdi Award 2007: Marcos Aguinis (Argentina)

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America was founded by individuals who were willing to risk their life for what they believed in. They not only possessed the courage to act, they possessed the character to know right from wrong.

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HACER endorses all efforts of the Global Cuba Solidarity Movement.

May 20th – Global Cuba Solidarity Day 2012

Global Cuba Solidarity Day is a time for the world to express its support to the Cuban people. As the people of Cuba continue to endure human rights abuses and restrictions on individual freedoms it is important for the international community to show that we are aware of these serious issues and support the Cuban people in their struggle for freedom.

On May 20, please join us as we raise our voices and show that we are concerned about the recent deaths of Cuban dissidents, as well as the constant harassment of bloggers and independent journalists, the repression against the Ladies in White and the frequent violations of basic human rights at the hands of the Cuban regime.

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The  Economic Transformation of Chile:

In this project, developed by HACER at the request of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation and Libertad y Desarrollo from Chile, we created a news blog loaded with a large selection of articles in English on the economic transformation of Chile,  a benchmark of success for the rest of the developing world to aspire, study, and hopefully emulate.

* Documentary Film: Return to the Gulag

We translated the film’s script into Spanish and added the subtitles electronically to the documentary film “Return to the Gulag” at the request of the Freda Utley Foundation for the Latin American audience. The film depicts Stalin’s communist regime, the one that sent 18 million people to the concentration camps that were part of the Soviet Gulag system. In the 30 minutes documentary film you will see Jon Basil Utley’s search for his father Arkadi Berdichevsky.