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Should the US adopt policies to deport all illegal immigrants?

Background and context

Illegal immigration is a significant issue in the United States. While some advocate for deporting all illegal immigrants, as a matter of policies, others say it is too difficult, particularly in the context of there being 15 million of them.

Feasibility: Is mass deportation a viable option?

Pro

  • The US is capable of deporting all illegal immigrants. CNN’s Lou Dobbs said that, "When this president and open-borders, illegal-alien-amnesty advocates say, ‘You can’t deport them,’ my answer is, ‘You wanna bet?’ Because this is the United States."[1]
  • Deporting illegal immigrants in smaller numbers is feasible. Ian de Silva. "How to Deport 10 Million Illegal Aliens." Human Events. May 18th, 2006: "no one is seriously talking about mass deportation, for anyone with a modicum of common sense knows we could not round up all the illegal aliens at once. [...] However, we can round them up in smaller numbers, and over time, the cumulative effect of round-ups will have an undeniably deterrent effect."

Con

  • Deportation of nearly 12 million illegal immigrants would be impractical.


History: How has mass deportation worked in the past?

Pro

  • Mass deportation under Operation Wetback was successful. Operation Wetback was very successful in the removal of nearly one million illegal immigrants from the United States in 1954.

Con

Economics: Will the deportation of all illegal immigrants support the economy?

Pro

Con

  • Mass deportation would be very expensive. The deportation of all illegal immigrants could cost American taxpayers up to $200 billion.


Morality: Is mass deportation of illegal immigrants morally acceptable?

Pro

  • The primary purpose of the government is to maintain national security of its people.

Con

  • The Trail of Tears clearly demonstrates the injustice and hardship caused by mass deportation.

Constitutionality: Does the Constitution support the deportation of illegal immigrants?

Pro

  • The right to free movement only applies w/in borders. These rights are granted by the Constitution, so can only apply within the confines of those national, sovereign borders.


Con

  • Freedom of movement is an unalienable human right.



Opinion: Does public opinion support deporting illegal immigrants?

Pro

  • Some polls find Americans support deporting illegals.


Con

  • Americans oppose the deportation of illegal immigrants.

Pro/con sources

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Con


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