Full disclosure, I am not a numbers cruncher or political policy wonk, merely an observer of events with a few questions.
I have long believed that if a person or organization claims to be working toward a stated agenda but can be observed using any other than the simplest means possible to reach their goal then that stated agenda is not their true agenda.
When applied to the “problem” of illegal immigration it is rather obvious that no organization or political party is using the simplest means available to address that which they claim to be a serious concern. Therefore a reasonable person might conclude that the stated agenda, stopping or controlling illegal immigration, is not the true agenda.
To explore one possible reason why this might be so we need only look to a different problem facing our government, the rising number of social security recipients as compared to those paying into the program. Different sources vary on the exact number but a consensus for a minimally sustainable ratio is 2.9 workers paying in for each retired individual with the ideal, 3.9, being somewhat higher.
We are currently hovering somewhere near that lower number and still have quite a few of the boomer generation waiting to claim their entitlements. For a retired working couple to have provided their own social security revenue sources (4 each) they would have had to produce eight children.
Since the majority of us are not sending a sufficient number of our young into the workplace to cover our own benefits, we must look elsewhere. Enter the undocumented.
I invite someone else to seek out the hard numbers, math and migraine both start with “m” for me, but if we have, say, 14,000,000 undocumented, half of whom can be brought into the legal workforce to pay into the system then 1,750,000 recipients are covered, at least for the short term, and the can is successfully kicked.
Solving the problems engendered by this approach would be left to the magic of “future legislation”.