Punish "sanctuary cities"
Threaten the United Church of Christ and anyone else who harbors illegals.
Take down those god damned Spanish language signs.
Pass a law that says that any amnesty legislation or action by the executive branch must be coupled with a 100% elimination of welfare benefits. Make it very clear to the American people that a safety net is not possible as long as illegals are here, as long as the border is not secure, as long as we have foreigners sponsoring and importing "family" members at will.
So first of all, the entire discussion of deportation is entirely moot until the borders are secured. I don't even think it's worth having the conversation, illegal aliens are entering the country far faster than we could ever deport them even with ideal laws in place.
Second of all, think about all the steps & government employees involved in deporting an illegal. You have to find him, identify him & make sure he's an illegal, transport him to some holding facility, arrange transport across the border, and then have the transportation available and coordinate with where you are dropping him off. Deporting 18-20 million people implies a massive expansion of the US government. The logistics are next to impossible... worth pointing out that Nazi Germany couldn't even deport 6 million jews (the death camps were the final solution because deportation wasn't economically viable).
Lets say for sake of argument that from start to finish, when you add up ALL the associated costs, deporting a person from start to finish costs a thousand dollars. And I think that's on the cheap side, and the actual cost would be higher. Deporting 20 million people would then cost greater than 20 Billion and also expand the federal government. As much as I wish I could wave a magic wand and make the illegals teleport back to their country of origin, I don't think it's feasible to send them all home in reality.
Burgeoning numbers of Mexican migrants prompted President Dwight D. Eisenhower to appoint General Joseph Swing as INS Commissioner. According to Attorney General Herbert Brownell, Jr., Eisenhower had a sense of urgency about illegal immigration upon taking office. In a letter to Senator J. William Fulbright, Eisenhower quoted a report in The New York Times that said, "The rise in illegal border-crossing by Mexican 'wetbacks' to a current rate of more than 1,000,000 cases a year has been accompanied by a curious relaxation in ethical standards extending all the way from the farmer-exploiters of this contraband labor to the highest levels of the Federal Government."
Operation Wetback in action
The effort began in California and Arizona in 1954 and coordinated 1,075 Border Patrol agents, along with state and local police agencies. Tactics employed included going house to house in Mexican-American neighborhoods and citizenship checks during standard traffic stops.
Some 750 agents targeted agricultural areas with a goal of 1,000 apprehensions per day. By the end of July, over 50,000 illegal aliens were caught in the two states. An estimated 488,000 illegal aliens are believed to have left voluntarily, for fear of being apprehended. By September, 80,000 had been taken into custody in Texas, and the INS estimated that 500,000 to 700,000 had left Texas of their own accord. To discourage illicit re-entry, buses and trains took many deportees deep within Mexican territory before releasing them.
Tens of thousands more were deported by two chartered ships: the Emancipation and the Mercurio. The ships ferried them from Port Isabel, Texas, to Veracruz, Mexico, more than 500 miles (800 km) to the south. Some were taken as far as 1,000 miles (1,600 km). Deportation by sea was ended after seven deportees jumped overboard from the Mercurio and drowned, provoking a mutiny that led to a public outcry in Mexico.[
Mass deportation as much as some would like is just not feasible outside of a massive increase in govt and financial deficits. Secure the borders and as unpopular as it is some form of amnesty / trail to citizenship will have to be done. Restrictive citizenship of some sort that doesn't end up being a burden on the rest of society.
enough with the shoulda' , coulda' , woulda' , the problem is no longer in the past it is in the here & now and future.
I don't think the country as a whole would back mass deportations even if it was logistically & financially possible. The political will isn't in our governing bodies either.
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