Note on claim that we can't deport 12 million illegal aliens

I frequently hear the claim that we can't deport 12 million illegal aliens. Whatever the feasiblity of that, it is imortant to note that giving ilegal aliens what essentially amounts to a clean pass will simply encourage more illegals to come into the country. The argument is similar to why you don't let criminals generally go after they are caught.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Analog: If H5N1 crosses over to human-to-human transmission, we can never make enough vaccine to innoculate everyone, so why even try? Why even start?

See what I mean?


5/15/2006 3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you want to control Mexican immigration then do it at the border, don't deport people after they have jobs, families (homes) and a lifestyle. That's the wrong way to treat people who came here to find a job and earn an honest living. This migration has been occurring for decades. Americans living near the border depend on immigration to nurture and sustain their economies.

5/15/2006 3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From 1941 to 1945 the Germans identified, arrested, and MURDERED 6 million Jews.

Rounding up and deporting 12 million illegal aliens is quite doable.

5/16/2006 1:46 AM  
Blogger John Lott said...

Dear Last Anonymous:

Hitler may have accomplished this, but I would like to believe that we would find it more difficult simply because we wouldn't be anywhere near as ruthless.

5/16/2006 3:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Dr. Lott,

I understand people's qualms with "illegal" immigration. First question, if it were made legal, would you still have a problem with it? Secondly, the rights that we strive to defend are granted to us by our "Creator"... they are pre-existing rights. The Bill of Rights is an affirmation of those inalienable rights. So the question I pose is, if these rights were "banned" by popular support of governmental regulation... does that mean we should all follow those laws??? I would assert that colonialists of the late 1700's wouldn't have. That is why I have qualms with so called conservative points of view on "illegal" immigration. It implies that they are willing to follow the law even if it violates their rights. This is no way to preserve them. It makes us sheep instead of leaders. While I'll agree that the migrant protests were offensive to Americans (displays of Mexican flags and what not), all Americans could learn from these acts of civil disobedience. It is what made this country in the first place... a bunch of "spoiled" royal subjects that refused to pay taxes for the expenses incurred by the British protecting the colonialists from the French (Frend & Indian war). We could all learn from the example set by the Sons of Liberty.

Yours Truly,

Orange, CA

5/16/2006 4:10 PM  

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