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The U.S. Illegal Immigration Policy Does Not Go Far Enough

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Michael Spencer

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The U.S. government has not been able to satisfactorily deal with illegal immigration. States have been bearing the costs of providing food assistance programs, Medicaid, and K-12 education for illegal immigrants at a cost of tens of millions of dollars per year. Many of these States can no longer afford these costs as they are drowning in debt due to fiscal irresponsibility. However one chooses to think about illegal immigration, it is illegal according to Federal law – 8 U.S.C. § 1325 : US Code – Section 1325. The majority of illegal immigrants are hard working people from Mexico or other Latin American countries (approximately 78%) and many are fleeing economic oppression and poverty. This Hispanic migration also provides considerable benefits to numerous industries (construction, agriculture), service sectors, and countless companies by creating a pool of cheap labor that benefits those companies profitability as well as providing cheaper products and services to U.S. consumers. There are however additional sides to illegal immigration that are considered undesirable. Thirty seven percent of all inmates in federal prisons are in the U.S. illegally. Drug trafficking and human smuggling by illegal aliens is increasing throughout the Border States and requiring those States to increase manpower and equipment costs in both law enforcement and border patrol. The current methods to battle illegal immigration are not proving effective. Building a wall across the U.S. southern border with additional patrols and surveillance equipment is costly. Border fences and increased manpower along the borders will not stop an individual’s survival instinct or a person’s desire to improve their condition or improve the conditions of their families. A long term realistic solution needs to be considered. At best current measures can slow the flow of illegal immigration. Tonight we will discuss realistic and longterm options to reign in illegal immigration.