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Day By Day by Chris Muir.

7.27.2005

When has $41billion ever been too much?

"The study, 'Deporting the Undocumented: A Cost Assessment,' scheduled for release today by the Center for American Progress, is billed by its authors as the first-ever estimate of costs associated with arresting, detaining, prosecuting and removing immigrants who have entered the United States illegally or overstayed their visas. The total cost would be $206 billion to $230 billion over five years, depending on how many of the immigrants leave voluntarily, according to the study."

Assuming that these figures are accurate; what is missing from this story? This story assumes that this number and the actions of deportation will be occurring in a vacuum. It skates the surface of the 'incentives' that will be created as illegals leave the country and those that will refrain from even attempting to enter the country; however this story leaves out countless other balances to the costs associated with illegal immigrants. Health care costs, college tuition for their children (if Sen. Hillary Clinton is elected in '08), costs associated with policing these individuals in our municipalities, etc. etc.

The $41billion figure does not look so daunting when it is offset by the costs that have already been heaved onto the back of this nation. Will it take another attack for our politicians to be snapped out of their euphoric state? Why do we sit idle with such porous borders?
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