The Most Obvious Unobvious Way to Deport Illegals
Posted by Joshua Price on February 25, 2008
I was reading the Immigration blog at The Houston Chronicle and there is another piece describing yet another way to deport the illegal aliens.
It seems counterintuitive.
The government pulls people suspected of being here illegally out of airplane lines and then pays to detain, prosecute and deport them to the country they were headed to in the first place.
This is so obvious that I can’t beleieve that this is not being done all across the country, or maybe it is and we just don’t hear about it.
Of course not everyone is in favor of this:
Public defenders say it’s a colossal waste of time and taxpayer money.
“What’s silly about this is that they are on their way home. They have gotten the message that they shouldn’t be here,” said Houston’s Federal Public Defender Marjorie Meyers. “It’s not cost-effective.”
I’m shocked that a public defender is opposed to this idea. Why do I say I’m shocked? Because the more illegals we deport the fewer illegal alien clients the public defenders will be able to bill to the government. Always follow the money. These public defenders don’t care about the illegal. They get paid no matter what, so all they care about is the total number of illegal alien cases they can get.
Now I’m sure many of you will make the point that public defenders don’t get paid that much and you’re right, but it’s money nonetheless.
I mean let’s face it, the illegals who actually show up to court are most likely represented by who? Public–no, that’s not politically correct or sensitive enough–indigent defenders who you, the taxpayer, pay for via the state.
Now let’s look at this particular public defender’s arguments. First:
“What’s silly about this is that they are on their way home. They have gotten the message that they shouldn’t be here,”
Yes, they are on their way home, but question: are they their to stay? Answer: Most likely not. So nice try.
“It’s not cost-effective.”
Well if we read the entire story we discover:
Generally, the suspects are detained first at the airport, then brought downtown into custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. They then plead guilty to having entered the country illegally and are sentenced to time served, then deported at government expense, the lawyers involved said.
The biggest cost to taxpayers is the detention, which a Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman said averages $66.96 a day nationwide. They are held for two to three months, so that cost would be roughly $4,000 to $6,000.
Is that really too much to pay considering we’re going to spend that and more if the illegal stays here an average lifetime? Of course it’s not too much, and most Americans will gladly pay the short-term costs to experience the long-term rewards that will stem from deporting the 12-20 million illegals here.
Now I’m sure that wind the ACLU gets wind of this way of deporting illegals it will file a lawsuit on behalf of the disenfranchised illegal against the state for profiling. Subsequently, a liberal judge will award the illegal $5 million in compensatory and punitive damages and excoriate the state for not respecting the illegal’s civil liberties.
The bottom line here is that we are seeing two effective ways to deport the illegals: removing the incentives for the illegals to be here illegally, resulting in them leaving voluntarily; and seeking them out waiting to board planes to their home countries.
What will the people who said that it is impossible and too expensive to deport the 12-20 million illegals say to these effective ways to deport them? I’m sure they will say that they are unsustainable. Well they’re wrong.
If the federal government won’t take care of the problem, then let the states do it because some of them are doing a much more effective job than the federal government ever did.