Thursday, January 9, 2014

Outsourcing Immigration Enforcement

“Outsourcing American jobs” is a claim Democrats frequently level at Republicans using the equation Big Corporation = Republican.  They conveniently ignore the fact that increasingly over the last twenty-five years the Forbes 500 has read like a “Who’s Who In the Democrat Party.”  From Apple being helmed by uber-Liberal Steve Jobs (and their products are made using slave labor in China) to Starbucks, GE’s CEO Jefferey Immelt, Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Bezos, Kanye West, the list goes on seemingly forever.  No wonder a party with the Democrat’s abysmal record can still win elections with wealthy backers like that.

But we were talking about outsourcing. The thing the Democrats moan about being so wrong… as they implement it. It did occur to me, though, that there is one job we could and should outsource to Mexico: Border Patrol.

Yeah, I can hear you all thinking are you stoned? That’s like contracting out law enforcement to the Crips and the Bloods (or, for older more pastoral people, it’s like having the fox guard the henhouse).

No, I’m not stoned and it’s a better idea than it sounds. Here’s the deal: We currently spend nearly $13B per year on US Customs and Border Protection, which includes the Border Patrol. Suppose we reduce their budget by 12%, bundle it with the $400 million we already provide Mexico in aid and hand that $2B to the Mexican Federal Government. That’s a fair amount of cash for them, equivalent to about 1% of their annual federal revenue. They would really like to have that money.  But here’s the catch: For every Mexican we catch in the US illegally, we reduce Mexico’s take by $10,000. If we find 200,000 illegals, then Mexico gets absolutely nothing.

With two billion dollars at stake Mexico would immediately start patrolling the US border even more ruthlessly than they patrol their own southern border with Guatemala.  Heck, with that kind of money on the line the Mexican government would position a sniper every two hundred yards five miles inside their border and shoot anyone trying to sneak across. America wouldn't need a fence, a Border Patrol, or even an immigration policy.

Sounds like money well spent. Even if it is outsourcing jobs. It would support the liberal’s oft repeated claim that “Mexicans only do the jobs that Americans don’t want to.”  Yep, like enforcing immigration laws.

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