Trump's call for mass deportations runs into messy realitiesJohn Derbyshire disposed of the Jeb Bush/Clint Bolick book Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution in an article headed John Derbyshire Concludes: Jeb Bush Just Doesn’t Like Americans Very Much.
By JILL COLVIN and ALICIA A. CALDWELL
Jul. 30, 2015 6:09 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — In one of his first forays into policy as a presidential candidate, Republican Donald Trump calls for the deportation of all 11 million people estimated to be living in the country illegally while allowing the "really good people" to return.
It's a plan Trump offers with few specifics — and one complicated by the messy realities of the nation's immigration system.
Such an effort may be more difficult than Trump realizes because deporting so many people means finding them first. The government does not know the identities of many of the millions of people who have come into the country illegally or remained after their legally issued visas expired. Locating immigrants who don't have a legal immigration status has stymied officials for decades.
Deporting them all "is impractical and is opposed by a large majority of Americans," said Clint Bolick, an Arizona lawyer who co-authored a book on immigration policy with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, himself a GOP presidential candidate.[More]
I said that they were “Forging” A Solution To A Visa Problem That Doesn’t Exist—By Fudging The Facts.
However, we've disposed of the idea that deportation is unworkable and impossible in many, many articles.
First, actual mass deportation could be done:
Of course, what we really suggest is "attrition through enforcement"—deporting some people, and stopping others from working illegally and collecting benefits.
Here's what that looked like.
I described the process in a 2012 article:
In the year 2003, Red Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London, declared a Year Zero on the Trafalgar Square pigeons, and got rid of them.The real reason illegals are here is the employers are feeding them cheap labor money, and taxpayers are feeding them free education, benefits, and health care. If America stops feeding them, they'll go home.
You may be wondering how he did this.
Here's what he did:
- Build a fence around the square?
- Send an anti-pigeon Gestapo around to their nests?
- Engage in pigeon profiling?
HE STOPPED FEEDING THEM!!!