CW on Immigration: Part I
In an editorial supporting Arlen Specter's as yet unwritten legislation, the NY Times rhapsodized: "The alternatives to the Specter bill are senseless. The enforcement-only approach — building a 700-mile wall and engaging in a campaign of mass deportation and harassment to rip 12 million people from the national fabric — would be an impossible waste of time and resources. It would destroy families and weaken the economy."
The liberal Center for American Progress published a report calculating that mass deportation would cost $206 billion over five years ($41.2 billion per year).
Commenting from his perch at VDARE, economist Ed Rubenstein writes that while the CAP estimated is "an absurdly large figure...mass deportation would pay for itself in about four years. Plus, of course, we’d get America back."
According to Rubenstein, natives pay $26 billion less in taxes due to displacement by illegal alien workers. Moreover, because of the social costs of importing poverty in the form of low-skilled workers, immigrants cost state, local, and federal governments some $25 billion dollars per annum.