Would you pay more in taxes to stop illegal immigration?
The US already spends more on border security and immigration enforcement than on all its other Federal law enforcement activities combined. Realistically, there is no such thing as perfect security. Even with a 100 yard wide no-man’s land separated by two high fences topped with razor wire, patrolled by guard dogs, and guarded by watch towers equipped with powerful searchlights and machine guns, East Germany was never able to seal its borders. Nor can North Korea today, even though crossing its border illegally caries the certainty of death if caught.
Yet whenever the topic of comprehensive immigration reform comes up, those opposed to it insist that we must totally seal our borders before we can even discuss any solution to the fate of the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently here. Is this a legitimate response or just a way to ensure gridlock, maintaining the status quo? Would those who want the border sealed airtight actually spend the money it would take in this time of calls for austerity? If you want an airtight border, are you willing to pay higher taxes to fund the technology, infrastructure and border guard force it would take to get it? Where, between 100% airtight and as porous as today’s border is, do you see the cost/benefit equation coming down?