Past Features

September 12, 2016

Mass Deportation?
How about paid leave?

Mexico isn't such a bad place after all
Trump's Border Plan: American Dream Not a Suicide Pact
    ....Trump's answer to the refugee tsunami across the southern border is a renewed commitment to law and order from the inner cities to the heartland. His appeal is direct; not only does America need a wall, in the words of the fictional Col. Jessup, "you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall." He may be on to something. Today, 65 countries have constructed fences or walls along their borders. That is up from just 16 in 1989.
     In the eyes of Trump supporters, a plethora of federal and state policies undermine the rights of American citizens. They establish virtual entitlements for immigrants that include everything from subsidized housing and schooling to Medicare, cash welfare, food stamps, and drivers' licenses. According to a recent report by the Center for Immigration Studies, “the average household headed by an immigrant (legal and illegal) costs taxpayers $6,234 in federal welfare benefits, which is 41 percent higher than the $4,431 received by the average native household.”

  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.