I believe in the rule of law and the power of incentives.
Mark Steyn has an interesting story about illegals.
Not long after 9/11 I chanced to be heading north on Interstate 87 between Plattsburgh and Montreal. At the border crossing from Champlain, N.Y., to Lacolle, Quebec, I noticed that what appeared to be a mini-refugee camp had sprung up. It’s not often that you see teeming hordes lining up to get into Canada… The immigration officer … explained that most of the guys waiting to get in were from Pakistan. In the wake of 9/11, the authorities had rounded up various persons of interest in the New York City area. Whether or not they were terrorists, they’d certainly violated immigration law, overstaying visas and so forth. And as a result many other illegal immigrants from Muslim countries had concluded it was time to liquidate their assets and break for the border.
In other words, the round-up of a relatively small number of persons sent thousands more fleeing to Canada.
Presently, all the incentives encourage illegals to enter the US. Why not? They get Medicaid, food stamps, schooling for their children, jobs and, in too many cases, the opportunity to pursue a life of crime. If they have anchor babies, even better; their welfare payments can’t be turned off. Cruz and Trump agree on anchor babies, BTW.
The Mexican government receives more revenue from Mexicans resident in the US (legal and illegal) than it does from oil. Mexico is exporting its poverty and crime to the US. It’s a deliberate policy on its part and it has huge incentives to continue pushing its people across the border. If the flow isn’t halted, we won’t have a country anymore.
The drug cartels are also a massive problem that the Mexican government has struggled with. Needless to say, the flood of drugs across the border has only increased.
Yes, deporting illegals is a bigger problem than it was back it the 1950’s. It is also more urgent.
There are enough laws in place to give most of the recent arrivals a path to citizenship.It is called “Go Home!”. Cut off tax-payer funded welfare, and 60% of illegals will be given an incentive to go home. Shutdown sanctuary cities and more of the criminals and welfare cheats would be caught and deported. Threaten to block the remittances and the Mexican government will have incentives to close the border and accept back its own citizens. Mexico currently has a huge trade surplus with the US. That is a huge source of leverage.
A case can be made for illegals who have settled down, gotten jobs, committed no more crimes and taken no welfare, to get legal status.
The key is to remove the incentives to come and stay. It can be done. A majority would like it done. In a generation, that majority will have been overtaken. But, our politicians have ignored the will of the people ever since Reagan foolishly granted amnesty.
Either we reverse illegal immigration or it’s Adios America.