Donald Trump’s strong stance against illegal immigration continues to dominate the contest for the GOP presidential nomination. Because Trump is the dominant front runner, some of his opponents have been taking potshots at him, but even more forcefully, the media went after him this past weekend.
The principal anti-Trump argument on the Sunday TV shows didn’t concern his bold argument against birthright citizenship, but rather the media asserted that it was not financially and logistically possible to remove eleven million illegal immigrants. According to cited studies, it would cost hundreds of billions of dollars and take years.
When confronted with these numbers, Trump gave a fuzzy answer that this challenge could be met through his excellent “management.” Although that answer generally quieted his questioners, I suggest that there is a better answer, which was developed by a man much smarter than Trump – i.e., Mitt Romney.
In 2012, Romney concluded that millions of illegal immigrants would “self-deport” (a) if an effective e-verify system prevented them from securing employing in America and (b) if an improved detection and apprehension process made living in America less safe and secure (no sanctuaries). At some point, America’s laws could also be tweaked to deny birthright citizenship and educational benefits to illegal immigrants.
I realize these measures are draconian, but if America wants to end illegal immigration, then the magnets that attract illegal immigrants must be eliminated. Of course, millions of America don’t think that illegal immigration is a big problem, and they will be willing to leave things pretty much as they are.
Elections matter. I will be surprised if the GOP selects a nominee who is soft on illegal immigration (Bush, Rubio, Walker), but I will also be surprised if the GOP nominee who is hard on illegal immigration (Trump, Cruz, Carson) is able to win a general election. I think I’m shifting my support from one Cuban (Rubio) to another (Cruz).