Monday, September 25, 2006

Border Security Has A Cost

Fox is reporting that current immigration bills being put forward by House Republicans to crack down on immigration will have a hefty price tag and that Republicans have given little information on how they plan to pay for them:

House Republicans have whipped through a series of bills to crack down on illegal immigration with hopes they might provide an election boost in November.          

But there's wide disagreement on what they would cost and little inclination among lawmakers to come up with the money in any case.

Let me help Fox out.

CIS estimates the fiscal cost of illegal immigration between $11 billion and $22 billion! That should be quite an incentive to fund a crack down on illegal immigration. Even Fox's doom and gloom story only puts the possible cost of the bills between $2 billion and $7 billion. So, there is every reason to go ahead with the bills, assuming they efficiently crack down on illegal immigration.

Another possibility would be to beef up the bills and completely stop illegal immigration, but I don't see that happening heading into an election in which Democrats are fighting to prevent voters from having to submit proof of citizenship to vote.

But even if the bills where ghastly expensive, is that any reason not to go through with them? Is there a price that is too high for doing what's right? If the fact that it costs too much is a decent enough argument to cause Democrats not to support the program even if it is the right thing to do, then why haven't they let us cut welfare yet? It may be the right thing to do (it's not, but for my hypothetical I'll go with their opinion), but it just costs too much!

Democrats are making me angry again. Either tell the American people you don't support a crack down on illegal immigration because you want the "Hispanic vote," or shut up! Don't lie to us about costs; when have you ever cared about fiscal responsibility?

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