Taking steps towards deterring illegal immigration is essential once deportation has been initiated. If not the United States will continue to experience illegal immigration from people who have been repeated deported. The ways this can be done is by erected a fence along the southern border, enforcing laws with regards to visas, shutting down sanctuary cities, and removing the welfare and entitlement programs given to illegal immigrants.
There’s a lot of debate about the best way to secure the 1,933 miles southern United States border with Mexico. However what can be agreed upon is that in order for it to be secure a fence, double-layer fence or wall that is guarded needs to be erected. According to Congressman Louis Gomert legislation is already written for a fence. At least two-thirds of the border has no fencing and only 36 miles has double-layer fence. Department of Homeland Security has set aside $2.5 billion to build 700 miles of fence. In addition guarding the fence using border agents may not be adequate. Lytle, an associate professor at the University of Texas at Brownsville, said a deployment of 15,000 National Guard troops would be more effective. However the best plan to secure the border would come from a think tank filled with civilian and military experts.
Another way the United States can deter illegal immigration is to enforce laws as they relate to visas. Currently the US doesn’t go after everyone who overstays their visas, but tries to track down the ones they perceive to be a “concern”. So long as the individual is not a “concern” they can stay. At least five of the nineteen terrorists of September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks took advantage of this visa “loophole”. Furthermore fifteen of the 911 terrorists did not properly fill out their visa paperwork and should have never been allowed entry into the United States. Out of the 45 million who arrive by air and sea, the Department of Homeland Security estimates that 416,500 people had their Visa’s expire in the fiscal year 2015. The amount of criminals and terrorists who have overstayed their visa is not known.
While expired visas are a concern, even more of a concern are sanctuary cities. According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement records, from January 1 to August 31, 2014, more than 8,100 deportable aliens were released after arrest in approximately 300 local sanctuary jurisdictions, even though ICE had issued a detainer seeking custody in advance of deporting them. Approximately 62 percent of these offenders had a prior criminal history roughly 3,000 were felons. The Government Accountability Office released a study of 250,000 locked up in the federal, state and local prisons. Their numbers are staggering and account for a quarter of the population in federal prison, averaging about seven arrests and 12 offenses per criminal alien. The offenses range from homicide, burglary, drugs, assault, fraud, and sex crimes. Also once an illegal immigrant is granted a hearing, approximately 59% skip the hearing to in the US.
Finally a way to deter illegal immigration is reforming the entitlement and welfare system, so that illegal immigrants aren’t provided most services. They can be provided emergency services, but once the emergency is handled they need to be deported. The average household headed by an immigrant, legal or illegal, costs taxpayers $6,234 in federal welfare benefits, which is 41 percent higher than the $4,431 received by the average native household. This especially becomes a problem when the fertility rate among immigrants is significantly higher than the native born. Who will support this influx of immigrants if most rely on taxpayers to support them? There is no other viable long term solution than to reform the entitlement and welfare programs with regards to immigration.
Once illegal immigrants have been deported and steps taken towards preventing their return citizens and legal immigrants can focus on fixing the problems with America like the exorbitant national debt, homelessness, poverty, unemployment, crime etc. Most of these problems are fixed with money from taxpayers who don’t need the additional burden of funding illegal immigrants and all the problems they bring with them.
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