A Modest Proposal to Assist Immigration Reform [Reader Post]

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Immigration Reform is one of today’s hot topics. Often lost in this are some of the more interesting questions, such as how far does our amnesty extend? We also might wonder how far this goes into simply having open borders, and why even bother with an immigration policy? And once those Undocumented Americans arrive, how do we handle removing and keeping out the ones who we don’t want in the country? I’m not even going to try answering these questions, as I don’t have anything resembling an answer. I do have one idea that is a cornerstone around most conservative ideas on the subject, and that’s securing the border first. One of the issues we’ve seen is in funding the effort.

To offer a relatively simplistic solution to part of the issue of securing the border, there are parts along the border where the terrain is too rough to build an actual fence. This is where a “virtual fence” was planned to be built, as a combination of border patrols assisted by radar stations. To make a long story short, a huge obstacle to this approach is having radar equipment tuned in sensitive enough to pick up someone trying to cross the border while not sending an alert for every piece of sagebrush that blows through. Why not start using our military to assist with this? With all of the talk of drones in the news and scaling back overseas why not use our own military in the historically traditional sense of using it to defend its own nation’s borders? And of course, we can continue building the wall, at least in parts where it’s not just getting hopped over regularly by Undocumented Democrats.

So far none of this probably sounds all that innovative, but what I haven’t addressed yet is how we pay for this. At some point the financial house of cards our Federal Government is running will come down, and when that happens we’re going to experience some painful cuts all around. And no, I don’t mean fake cuts like the silliness around the Sequester, or “austere” reductions to the rate of growth of government spending, but real cuts. So it’s important that for us to secure the border we find a way to make it self funding, and I’ve found it.

Estimates have around $22 billion in remittances going from the US to Mexico each year, so why not use a portion of those remittances being sent back to Mexico to protect the security and job opportunities of those who are living here? We could call it a user fee for our border’s biggest violator, or closing economic loopholes to capital outflows, or whatever dishonest term leftists are using this week when they’re trying to not say that they’re raising taxes. Taking a reasonable 5% cut would fund $1 billion for securing our border, and if this extra fee reduces the amount of remittances going abroad this will have the added fringe benefits of incentivizing Mexico to clean up it’s own act and make it a better place to live while keeping more of the money earned in the US here to be spent in the US economy – win-win.

For that matter, since there are few individuals who oppose legal immigration, why not raise the remittance tax to 10% and use the additional $1B to fund our own immigration process? This combination will make illegal entry more difficult while making the legal process easier and a more desirable option. Does all of this sound crazy? Maybe, but is it really any less crazy than an effort to put more middle class Americans on government assistance by raising taxes on the poor?

Cross posted from Brother Bob’s Blog

Blogging by the credo of "Making the world a more offensive place, one blog post at a time", Brother Bob started writing posts around the beginning of the Obama presidency over at Brother Bob's Blog. A born-again Existentialist and self-professed libertarian with conservative tendencies, he has ironically chosen to live in the Washington, DC area - deep behind enemy lines. He has always loved history, and spent eight years volunteering as a tour guide on weekends, giving over 200 tours to roughly 2,500 mostly foreign guests. His tours were highlighted by stories generally not found in the history books or most other tours, such as the importance of the Battle if Antietam, the origins or Arlington Cemetery, and dispelling the myths of FDR's New Deal. Although his favorite subject to blog about is Economics, as seen in his Economics for Politicians series, his posts try to address angles that other conservative writers and the mainstream media (naturally!) miss. "There's no point in putting up a post on a subject that someone smarter than me has already written". He believes in the "Happy Warrior" approach, and tries to inject humor in his posts, sometimes successfully. Two such examples are his posts comparing the modern left to the horrible Star Wars prequels, and analyzing the laments of a DC woman in search of a feminist boyfriend. Brother Bob lives with his very patient wife known as Sister Babe, and their fantastic son. Little Bob. Little Bob is also the reason that being a tour guide came to an end, as spending Saturdays raising a son takes priority over giving lectures to foreign visitors on the folly of Keynesian economics. BB is also grateful for the opportunity to take his place among the outstanding writers at Flopping Aces, appreciates every person who takes the time to read his posts, and especially those who join him in the conversation in the comments.

8 Responses to “A Modest Proposal to Assist Immigration Reform [Reader Post]”

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    Hundreds of thousands of people are unemployed, thousands more are upside down on the mortgage, thousands more are in foreclosure. People are suffering because gas, groceries and other products have gone through the roof. All of this is tied to the economy. So why in the hell is immigration in the top block? Frankly I don’t give a rats ass about immigration (just send them back to their homeland), I do care very much about the economy. IMHO the ILLEGAL (which means against the law) problems has exacerbated the issues with the economy. Case in point. California spent over 2 BILLION dollars last year on illegals just for medical related.

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    Nan G

    @john: For the second month in a row California has earned the right to be called the state with nation’s highest unemployment rate. Mississippi and Nevada both tied California for the honor at 9.6 percent. – March 29, 2013.

    Last month, California and Rhode Island shared the nation’s highest unemployment rate at 9.8 percent, but Rhode Island dropped its rate an impressive .4 points, all the way down to 9.4 percent.

    California is also home to the nation’s highest poverty rate, the nation’s most welfare recipients.

    So, CA doesn’t need another several million illegals added to the non-taxpayer mix.
    And, under a certain legal income amount, these people pay no income taxes.
    And, in CA, a huge amount of income is under-the-table, off-the-books, untaxed.
    So, these illegals can afford a better lifestyle than their taxpaying (suckers!) neighbors in CA.

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    John Hardesty

    I have an alternate – J Swift like proposal.. that will not go over well with either the illegal immigrants from mexico at least and probably a lot of US citizens.

    However, I would suggest that all those clamoring for proper border control to ask those against it… the J Swift suggestion

    Annex Mexico
    1 – If we do this, then all mexican citizens will become automatically US Citizens. So the Mexicans who are living in the US now can stay here .. as legal citizens … because they are

    2 – Mexico currently deals harshly with illegal (south of their border) as they LOCK them up and leave them there when found.. According to 3rd and FoF remarks.. do not Mexican law. but heard the stories

    3 — Is not hte plan of LA RAZA to re-unite the southern states / territories taken in 1836 back … well this sort of does it

    I await the comments

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    John Hardesty

    Brother Bob,

    thanks for the comments. I too am more concerned about Boston
    First, I thank all those who assisted the victims – the bombing victims
    Second, I thank law enforcement for doing their job
    third, I thank the impromptu celebration by the residents in Watertown as the police came back with – e.d. –

    Finally, I am also quite saddened… mainly because we all are seeing the cry babying, gnashing and selling the two brothers as victims … too…. start by the Useful idiots and their idiot minions

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