Illegal Immigration on the Rise
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  • rheddles

    “there is no principled reason why good faith bipartisan efforts on this issue could not succeed.”

    True, but there are a couple of unprincipled reasons, low wage labor and low information voters. And they are enough to keep those inside the beltway happy with the status quo.

    • crabtown

      It’s like it’s 1986(?) all over again.

  • Evan Seitchik

    Supposing a fixed incentive for crossing the border, more people being caught suggests better enforcement and the success of security initiatives that are in progress now.

    It creates a catch-22 when more people being caught at the border is used as a justification for increasing our capability to catch people at the border. Presumably low numbers of border arrests would lead proponents of harsh immigration policy to the exact same conclusion—so why even discuss the numbers?

    The debate over border security measures is a proxy war over unrelated immigration policy questions.

    • Corlyss

      “The debate over border security measures is a proxy war over unrelated immigration policy questions.”
      Disagree. It is about border security. A nation that can’t protect its borders is not really a nation at all. That’s a sine qua non. Eurotrash open borders types want to make it about something else, like xenophobia. It’s about keeping out people who take more than they give to the society. If they gave more than they took, if the were willing to play by the rules, it would not be so much about disparate social impact from the unskilled and illiterate.

  • Corlyss

    More unproductive takers rushing to get on the welfare rolls.

  • Anthony

    “In reality, it is the lack of effective border security, and not the
    confusing status of illegal immigrants, that is the immediate cause of
    the illegal immigration problem.” – WRM

    In a word: no. The real problem is that service sector employers want illegal labor to drive down labor costs.

    If we want to bring illegal immigration to a screeching halt, we should make it seriously illegal to hire someone who is not here legally. Employers who get caught employing illegal workers would be subject to serious fines and possible jail time. If there are no available jobs, people will not come. This hypothetical solution that will be ten times more effective than a border fence.

  • lukelea

    “In reality, it is the lack of effective border security, and not the confusing status of illegal immigrants, that is the immediate cause of the illegal immigration problem:”

    In reality it is the lack of a biometric national ID that makes it impossible to enforce our immigration laws.

  • Anthony

    WRM, good faith efforts on illegal immigration require admitting commercial benefit (profits, cheap labor) illegals create for aspiring capitalist.

  • mgoodfel

    Can someone please explain to me why anyone walks into this country across deserts, etc? Can’t you just drive in, tell them you are going shopping in San Diego or whatever, then not leave?

    And if people are coming through as tourists, how are you going to know which are real and which are immigrants?

    Once they are here, they are going to get work in some kind of underground economy, even if there were a perfect “e-verify” style citizen registry. And of course, it’s not going to be perfect. In fact, it’s just going to cause false negatives that deny employment to citizens, and lead to more identity theft.

    • Lots of people still cannot get tourist visas because they are so obviously poor they will not return.
      EVerify is not 100% certain, but it will limit the ability of illegal aliens to get employment. The rate of falsely denying employment eligibility is miniscule. There are far more false positives.

  • The United States does not need to regularize the current illegal alien population. They contribute nothing as all are net tax consumers, as are millions of legal immigrants. The United States does not need more people on welfare.

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