The High Cost of Deporting Illegals

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    Xenophobia Has A Price
    By Miguel Perez, as printed in The Indianapolis Star
    August 2, 2005

    For those who want to cleanse the United States of its 11 million illegal immigrants--those who want to send them packing back to their homelands as if this were an easy undertaking--there is a price tag for their xenophobic condition.

    Their illness can be cured with at least $206 billion, and perhaps as much as $230 billion, over a five-year period. That's what a new study says it would cost to deport all illegal immigrants in the United States and to keep new ones from coming in. That's at least $41.2 billion annually, maybe more.

    And to put that figure in the right perspective, the report, "Deporting the Undocumented: A Cost Assessment," notes that the cost of deporting all illegal immigrants would exceed the entire budget of the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2006, which is $34.2 billion.

    While most legislative proposals to fix the nation's broken immigration system provide some kind of legalization program for illegal immigrants, the report notes that "a number of people, including members of Congress, favor a more draconian solution to the problem," including a severe crackdown not only against those attempting to cross the border, but against illegal immigrants already living in the United States.

    "Mere assertions by policymakers that deportation will be too expensive have been insufficient to quiet calls for such a policy," the report states, noting that its purpose is to provide a tool for evaluating our national priorities.

    "This paper illustrates the false allure of deportation as a response to our broken immigration system," noted Rajeev Goyle, who wrote the report for the Center for American Progress, a nonpartisan research and educational institute in Washington, D.C.

    "Policy makers should address the issue of the undocumented seriously, not with unrealistic and costly ideas draining the treasury with no benefits to our security," Goyle added.

    In this first-ever cost assessment of this always present, unrealistic idea, Goyle relied on data analysis by Dr. David Jaeger, an economics professor who broke down the expenses for deporting 10 million illegal immigrants into five categories: apprehension, detention, additional prison beds, legal processing and transportation. He also analyzed the additional border patrol expenses that would be required to shut down the borders. And the numbers are scary.

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    it costs billions to prosecute the war on terror...the war on drugs...the war on pornography...the war on prostitution...on and on...excuse me but... crime is crime and all have a price! :2guns:
     
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    Ok, these guys are ILLEGAL immigrants. The first thing they do in this country is commit a crime. I fail to see how wanting the law enforced is xenophobic. I'm all for immigration, just as long as it's legal.
     
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    Here's a cheap solution. Start prosecuting the people who knowingly hire illegals. If they can't get a job they'll go home by themselves.
     
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    And what is the cost assessment in relation to the deportation of illegals vs. the burden they place on our social infrastructure?
     
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    Probably a big cost benefit for our country. This is like the libs whining about "the cost of the death penalty." Not if we just hang 'em now, dumbshits! This also ignores the benefits that go with clear enforcement: lots of illegals will probably skeedaddle on their own once they realize we're serious, AND the new ones won't come in, AND we won't have to pay their welfare, education (did you know it's the law that illegals are entitled to free education? know how much that is?), AND we don't have keep them in jail (the U.S. prison population is like 1/4 illegals!), AND we don't have to pay police to patrol them, AND AND AND. Please. Booting the illegals is the cheapest thing we could do!

    Liberals should really know better than to pick a fight using economics, of all things. They should just stick to what works: screaming about racism, xenophobia and bigotry.
     
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    I live in South-Central Texas, and was stationed in SoCal for many years. I think I'm pretty much up on their abuses of the social infrastructure.

    While they get free education and cannot be turned away for medical care, they are paid in cash and do not contribute a dime toward taxes. In other words, we taxpayers fund the social services they abuse.

    And people wonder why medical insurance is so high.
     
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    What is my point you ask? My point is that when immigration laws are not enforced, there is a huge price to be paid, in more ways than one. The longer the laws are not enforced, the higher the cost becomes.
     
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    Thanks for the clarification!
     

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