I see immigration enforcement the same way. Nothing is gained by deporting an illegal immigrant who is here working hard in exchange for very small sums of money, staying strictly out of trouble with the law, and not bothering anybody. In fact, we lose out if we deport folks like that. They're a huge asset to our country. If we deported every illegal alien tonight, we would lose the $1.7 trillion they spend here every year, $650 billion in production, and 8.1 million legal jobs would disappear because of companies that need sub minimum wage labor to survive. Basically, we'd turn this recession into a great depression overnight. Not to mention millions of families would be broken up, lots of children who are citizens would need to move out of the country with their parents, lots of households would lose nannies or maids that have lived with them for decades, etc. The human toll would be even larger than the massive economic toll. The truth is that nobody wants that. So, we compromise on the sort of enforcement we have in place- if somebody complains, if the illegal alien gets arrested, or if there is any kind of problem, they can be deported. If not, we more or less turn a blind eye. I think that's about the ideal approach, and no matter what they claim when they're campaigning, that's exactly what politicians in both party actually push for when in office. Why should we change that?
Last edited by teamosil; 10-18-09 at 01:26 AM.
The solution to this problem is two-fold: (1) enforce immigration laws while reforming and streamlining the legal immigration process and (2) move to a consumption tax which capture taxes on the economic transactions of these illegal aliens.