How much Immigration can actually be Reasonably Stopped?
Think Piece/Open Discussion
When the conversation of immigration is mentioned among the American people, the people tend to have a preferred amount of legal immigration they want, and then when it comes to the “rest” they just say “add border security to stop the rest.” However, the southernmost border of the United State is quite unique compared to other borders. It is extremely porous, to say the least.
Due to these factors, people are doing almost anything — even giving their kids to smugglers — to get them over the border. More times than not, the smugglers win large against border securities. So then begs the question: How much deterrence can we actually bring down to the southern border without relying on cruel and unusual punishment? Also, Is immigration enforcement likely to end up like the war on drugs?
I would say that as long as farm and nonfarm jobs continue to open and outpace the labor force as a whole, there will be a long stream of people trying to fill them and employers continuing to open up the slots. There is NO stopping illegal immigration. There will always be a sort of labor vacuum in the United States and people escaping from elsewhere to get in on the action.
If it’s not a car, it’ll be a boat. If it’s not in a tunnel, it’ll be with a ladder. If it’s not on the ground, it’ll be by a port or an airport on a visa that expires or was the wrong one. If it’s not for work, it’ll be for refugee or trafficking visas that permit work.
In the Dominican Republic, the news is prevalent of Haitians being shot at the border as they attempt to cross. It’s relatively well off compared to Haiti but it’s still the Dominican Republic and has its own flaws. Nonetheless, Haitians risk their lives entering and doing commerce along that border. Out of the 11 Million Dominican population, 500,000 of them are Haitians.
Haiti itself cannot deal with, let alone handle, half a million people returned to the country. Most countries that experience people fleeing don’t want to or just can’t accept the pressure of all of the American undocumented residents and detainees flying back home.
The solution would be to conduct more LEGAL immigration. Faster processing through the United States Department of Justice courts (there aren’t any actual courts and plus, they’re extremely understaffed). It isn’t raising homes of people already here but offering residency programs. It’s verifying citizenship when necessary and not every place. It’s stopping the positive pressure out of countries with appropriate foreign aid, opportunities, and discouragement along the way before they get to the border. There’s so much commerce and activity along that border and putting a block on it will shoot us in the foot.
In all honesty, the worst idea is boasting about an alleged strong border. Focus on one type of entry and weak incentives not to approach it.