Bloggings on Deportation and Removal

by Matthew Kolken

Sep 14, 2012


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    Excellent article with accurate and pertinent questions and verification of actual promises.
    Granted it is a very large job and, at this point, many people are terribly misinformed about the positive aspects of immigration and believe the negativity that is rampant.
    I do not trust either of the major candidates. I am suggesting that concerned people vote for the Libertarian as at least each vote for an unequivocal supporter of greatly relaxed immigration, sends a signal to the Democrat or Republican candidate that there are people who are wise to their deceit or do not approve of their anti immigrant posture.

  • Retired Bureaucrat
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    The confidence that the next session of Congress will achieve some kind of immigration reform sounds promising. However, a Congress that has a long history of gridlock and a profound inability to achieve any semblance of compromise holds little promise of meaningful reform. The history of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) as amended has been that of piecemeal fixes often at the behest of special interest groups for the benefit of those of specific nationalities.

    Any meaningful reform must address the issue of legal immigration first and foremost. With a meaningful legal immigration program that serves the needs of business and industry of this country, would take us a long way in fixing the problem of illegal immigration. The fact that it is much easier to enter the U.S. illegally than through the legal immigration process is symptomatic of a broken system. An effective and meaningful reform will require political figures to make hard and sometimes unpopular choices. Again, Congress has not been a bastion of courageous figures in recent years.

    What is often overlooked in any discussion of immigration reform is the economics of such actions. The millions of undocumented in this country make a valiant effort to stay away from government scrutiny thus avoiding paying taxes on the income they earn. The amount of money the government has failed to collect in taxes is inestimable. Those who wish to solve the problem by deporting all those here without authorization should consider that it costs about $12,500 per person to do so. This would bankrupt an already financially challenged government.

    The solution is not clear, nor easy. It will take diligent work on the part of all concerned to come up with the best outcome. Frankly the potential for change far out paces Congress's ability to reach meaningful solutions to the myriad of problems the country currently faces.
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