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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

LET'S BANKRUPT THE COUNTRY TO MAKE OUR POINT!

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Sure there are many more jobs in the country than unemployed Americans. And sure the millions of unlawfully present immigrants are doing the backbreaking jobs Americans don't want to fill. And sure rounding up and deporting would come at an astronomical cost. But, darn it, they broke the law! Never mind what type of misery deporting all of them would inflict on the country. If we come up with any system short of permanent exile, we would be coddling lawbreakers.



Of course, that's what we're dealing with on the anti-immigration side. Common sense doesn't usually get you very far in discussions with them. So a new estimate from Immigration and Customs Enforcement that it would cost $100,000,000,000 to deport all of the immigrants from the US will likely be considered reasonable by the antis. It's money well spent if it proves a point, don't you think? What's a $100 billion? Several thousand new schools? Maybe a whole lot of prescription drugs for the elderly? Maybe some serious dough for anti-terrorism efforts? We don't need the money very much, do we? That pesky massive federal deficit will go away on its own, won't it?



Oh, and the impact on the economy isn't a factor in this cost. I'd figure you might want to multiply the $100 billion figure by ten or so if you want to see what the deportations cost the US economy in terms of slowed growth and inflation.

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  1. Another voice's Avatar
    May be this will bring the republicans for the first time in their history to be for a Tax Hike since they are the ones always promoting the round them up and send them back agenda. Or may be Lou Dobbs show will donate all the revenue that CNN gets from advertisers to pay for this either ways I do not doubt that for the antis this is a workable number in their mind.
  2. Another voice's Avatar
    That Southsourcing Blog post is ringing a bell with this!!
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