Let me explain. First with the problem (and it’s a big one, so strap in):
Newsflash: People are entering the country illegally, particularly across our southern border. Something to the tune of 11 million in total, though by their nature as undocumented migrants they’re pretty tough to keep track of.
The natural inclination, as we’ve seen over the last decade, is to start building fences and threatening to toss some of ‘them guys’ out should we ever get our hands on ’em. Beyond its juvenility, this strategy just isn’t effective.
If we are to attack this in a physical, cops and robbers, gun ’em down at the border kind of way, we’ll first need to be able to actually locate the aliens we want to prosecute; something which we’ve been remarkably poor at, hitherto. The city of New York alone has an estimated illegal population of anywhere between 50,000 and 100,000, yet less than 1,000 were deported in the last year. That’s somewhere in the ballpark of 1%, a figure of failure by all accounts. If we’re going to act like this is a serious problem, we need to start treating it like one.
We’ll do that first by opening up our boarders, while maintaining an existent yet unobtrusive monitoring system, denying entrance to only criminals and the infectiously ill. Make it so that it’s easy to gain proper citizenship rather than the strenuous years (seriously, years) of waiting the current system demands for Latin immigrants. This immediately eliminates a needless crime, and furthermore, boosts the American job force with an influx of more of the famously intrepid Mexican workers. Black market immigration happens when supply (the ability to immigrate) is artificially lowered while the demand (the desire to immigrate) is unfaltering. It’s simple economics and we can’t expect it to change no matter how high we build our fences.
Secondly, we would open up marijuana to free transaction, legitimizing it with the FDA, even if only in the states on the southern border. This works in compound with the first step in order to relatively eliminate the very desire to immigrate illegally. Not only that, it would immediately alleviate the pervasive cartel problem in Arizona and Southern California. Again, simple economics going back to the black market principle. If marijuana is legitimized, its value will drop rapidly as the supply will swell in massive proportions while the demand will remain relatively unchanged. If marijuana’s worth 5 bucks rather than 50, it’s not worth distributing on the street, and ergo, we see the virtual end of Mexican drug immigration. Rather than continue more of the same clumsy reactionary measures, we’d be cutting off the problem at the root, saving untold millions on policing a crime we ourselves fabricated and fostered into maturity.
Finally, once our base is relatively sure, we’d clean up what’s remaining with the ever-unpopular policy of amnesty. But know, it may not mean what you think. To most Congressional Democrats promoting such a policy, amnesty is no handout. There is a certain penalty to make sure cognizance of the law still exists, a fine and enforcement of the signing of paperwork, but it remains a utility-positive punishment rather than simple knee-jerk reactionary policy. After paying a substantial, ideally progressive, fine and after submitting the required paperwork needed for proper immigration, the former ‘criminal’ would be rehabilitated into a functioning member of American society, useful and taxable.