The Immigration Designed to Enhance American Lives (IDEAL) Policy is a three-pronged approach to making America stronger while improving immigrant lives.

Policy Overview

1) Long-term Visa PROGRAM

The IDEAL Policy creates a long-term visa program in which immigrants are hired to work in the U.S. by employers each year.

The IDEAL Policy is simple and includes the following details:

  • Employers may pay $25,000 for each non-U.S. citizen they hope to bring to the U.S. on a 5-year live/work visa. This visa is renewable after 5 years, for an additional $25,000 paid by an employer;

  • Immigrants are required to work for the employer for no more than 1 year (no-indentured servitude clause);

  • At the end of 10 years, subject to an immigration court review, immigrants who maintain proper legal and employment status over this period will be granted permanent residency;

  • Immigrants that become permanent residents can begin the process for applying for U.S. citizenship;

  • Immigrants are ineligible for any government benefits until obtaining permanent residency.


The IDEAL Policy creates a yearly short-term visa program in which immigrants are hired to work in the U.S. by employers for a single year.

The IDEAL Policy also creates a guest worker visa program.

  • Guest worker visas extend for 1 year and cost $2,500;

  • Applicants are required to have an employer sponsor to apply;

  • Guest worker visas can be renewed for an additional year.

Guest workers are ineligible for any government benefits and are required to secure health insurance. In addition, guest workers are required to obey all relevant employment laws in the state and locality in which they work, and must avoid any criminal convictions.

Applicants for both programs must pass baseline admission criteria including:

  • A basic health screening;

  • An extensive background check.

3) asylum reform

In 1951 the U.S. and 144 other countries signed the 1951 Refugee Convention in the wake of tragedies occurring in WWII, where refugees were returned to their home countries and subsequently killed.

The core principle is non-refoulement, asserting that a refugee should not be returned to a country where they face serious threats to their life or freedom. This is now considered a rule of customary international law.

The IDEAL policy would remove cases of asylum from the Justice Department and create an independent court, like the U.S. Tax Court system.

  • The union representing immigration judges says this is necessary to ensure that judges operate as impartial arbiters of the law.

  • According to, there are over 311,000 asylum claims backlogged due to understaffing, we should hire additional judges to address this backlog.

  • We must ensure these hearings involve real due process. Children arriving in the U.S. alone are currently not entitled to a government-funded lawyer, resulting in children, including toddlers, being left to argue complex asylum cases on their own.

  • We must be tougher towards immigrants who get real due process but still lose their asylum cases. We should empower and fund Immigration and Customs Enforcement to find, arrest and deport 100 percent of those who lose their cases.

In line with Sonia Nazario’s October, 2018 New York Times editorial, we believe creating a faster and fairer asylum system is more humane and is consistent with our obligations under international law.

The cost of the Asylum Reform proposal is approximately $400 million, less than 1% of the funds raised through the IDEAL Policy detailed above. These costs may be fully recovered by reducing detention times and the expenses associated with detaining asylum seekers.


The IDEAL program will generate approximately $70 billion per year in visa application fees. These proceeds will be put towards:

  • IDEAL Policy program execution and administration;

  • Additional border security and immigration enforcement efforts;

  • Job-creating infrastructure projects to build and repair bridges, roads, hospitals and schools across the country.

  • Mandatory E-Verify employment verification systems nationwide.

$70 billion is enough to triple our budget for border enhancement while providing over $100 million in annual infrastructure spending per U.S. congressional district.