Past Features

February 10, 2015

An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Mexico isn't such a bad place after all.
Glenn Spencer, American Patrol Report -- February 10, 2015  
(I proposed this idea years ago, although I can't find an electronic record of it).
    According to Politico, in fiscal year 2013 the cost of removing an illegal alien "was about $8,661".
    A study by the Heritage Foundation found that, following amnesty, the average migrant household would cost the US an average of $28,000 per household -- per year.
    There is a simple, cost-effective solution to this problem - pay illegal aliens to leave.
    I suggest $7,000 per person. For a family of four, that would be $28,000. The investment would be returned in one year.
    This "PAID LEAVE" program would be matched with a sort of Marshal Plan for Mexico and Central and South America.
    We would set up an account for each person -- or family - who volunteered for the program, and we would work with businesses to find employment. Micro loans could be added to the "PAID LEAVE" to help start small businesses.
    PAID LEAVE would stimulate economic activity in the home country and build trade with the US. Those retuning home would also have had a taste of how governments should work.
    The program would be voluntary -- with increasing costs for those who decide to remain in the US illegally.
    PAID LEAVE would be offered for six months. For those who decline to accept it, the offer would be withdrawn.
    For the next six months, we would offer a FREE RIDE home for up to $1,500 per person.
    After one year there would be no payment, but anyone found here illegally would be deported without fines of penalties. After two years, anyone found here illegally would forfeit any assets and then be deported.
    For the first two years, deportations would be limited to those who just arrived - and criminals. During this same time, the border would be secured.
    The United States has two choices: Implement PAID LEAVE and build the hemisphere, or continue with amnesty and face economic decline and strife well into the future.
    PAID LEAVE would need imaginative, courageous leadership -- something that has been lacking in this nation for years.