May 14, 2011

Immigration Politics: Reduce the cost of deportation with a ‘pay to stay’ reform plan -

Here´s a great idea! Have migrants pay the U.S. the $2000 to $3000 they now pay "coyotes." It's a win-win.

Reduce the cost of deportation with a ‘pay to stay’ reform plan - "It costs the American taxpayer $23,000 to deport one immigrant.

In 2010, the U.S. government deported more than 197,000 immigrants with no criminal record. That’s $4.5 billion spent per year deporting immigrants who have not committed a crime. Contrary to popular belief, immigration violations for the most part are civil, not criminal, infractions. These “non-criminal” immigrants are in the United States simply to make a better life for themselves and their families … the same motivation that caused most of our ancestors to immigrate....

The American taxpayer is funding all of this. Or more accurately, it is a loan from China and an increased national debt that is paying for it. I contend that mass-deportation of non-criminal immigrants is fiscally irresponsible — especially in an age of such limited resources. It is a lose-lose situation. The immigrant loses, for obvious reasons, while the American taxpayers lose for having to mortgage their grandchildren’s future to fund the effort. It is the definition of a broken system.

A long-term fix for the problem requires comprehensive immigration reform, not open borders. Visa numbers must be increased to meet the market’s current demands. Employers shouldn’t have to wait 10 years to hire a foreign worker they need.
Families must have a faster option for reunification. For example, there is currently an 18-year backlog for an unmarried Mexican son of a U.S. citizen to join his parent “the legal way.”
I’m convinced that large numbers of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. have the necessary relationships to immigrate to the U.S. “legally” but can’t do so because of absurdly long waits and systemic barriers that didn’t even exist a decade ago.
Instead of making the American taxpayer shell out $23,000 per immigrant deported, I propose that we give immigrants with no serious criminal history the opportunity to pay us to live legally in the United States."


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