Since Donald Trump unveiled his multi-step proposal on illegal immigration, establishment Republicans like Jeb Bush have hammered the package as too expensive and out of sync with conservative ideals. Various price tags have been attached to Trump’s proposals, some of them as high as $300 billion. That’s a tough pill to swallow for anyone who wants to see the federal government shrink, but the numbers tell a different story altogether.
“A modest increase in enforcement (such as E-verify or visa tracking) would cause significant attrition in the illegal population, sending millions of illegals home on their own at no cost to the U.S. taxpayer,” says Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies.
Indeed, Vaughan is not alone in telling a very different economic story than we’ve heard from the mainstream media. Even Fox News has been caught trumpeting this myth about how expensive Trump’s immigration plan would be. None of them seem to take into account how much our current lackadaisical approach to illegal immigration is costing the country. According to the Federation for American Immigration Reform, illegal immigrants are costing U.S. taxpayers more than $100 billion every year.
“Unlawful immigrants, on average, are always tax consumers, they never once generate a ‘fiscal surplus’ that can be used to pay for government benefits elsewhere in society,” said Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation.
Why would Republicans support a loose immigration policy that allows illegals a path to citizenship? Because they are tied to corporate interests who exploit Hispanic workers for their own profits, of course. Establishment Republicans and Democrats are fighting for the same thing for different reasons. And none of those reasons have anything to do with what’s best for American citizens.
Even if Trump’s plan cost as much as the most extreme evaluations predict, there are reasons to support it nonetheless. We’ve let the problem fester for decades; it’s no surprise that it’s going to be expensive to solve it. But sometimes you have to bite the bullet. We are losing our culture, our economy, and our security so big businesses can get cheap labor. Oh, sorry, because jumping the fence is an “act of love.” We are allowing the president of the United States to thwart congressional law so Democrats can win over the Hispanic vote. Oh, sorry, because dreamers must dream…or something.
It’s time to put our foot down as a country. If we fail to act now, America will not be the same place in another twenty years. Our long, slow decline will be crystallized, turning us into a third-world joke where the law is little more than a suggestion. If it’s going to cost $300 billion to avoid that fate, then we’d better start finding some liberal nonsense to defund. Shouldn’t be too hard.