According to Wikipedia: The illegal immigrant population of the United States in 2012 was estimated to be about 11 million people, down from 12.5 million people in 2007. They contribute approximately $7 billion annually to Social Security. California has the largest immigrant population in the U.S. U.S.-born adult men are incarcerated at a rate over two and a half times greater than that of foreign-born men.
I am reading more and more opinion about erecting a Tex-Mex wall or at the very least sending troops to militarize the border. The frequency of letters and articles suggest to me that at least some folks are very serious about it. The Great Wall of China is only 5,500 miles long and was completed in 221 B.C. The Wall certainly worked but if we are serious about closing borders, the Alaska-Canadian border is 1,538 miles and measures 3,987 miles in the lower 48. The Texas border is a bit under 2,000 miles. So we merely have to construct 7,500 miles of wall to keep the illegals out. If our deadlocked Congress cannot see the wisdom in investing hundreds of billions of dollars to construct 7,500 miles of wall, land mines might be a much more frugal effective alternative.
The first wall to go up should be the Alaska wall — it would be great practice — followed by the Canadian wall. This will put tens of thousands back to work and would finally put a stop to streams of folks sneaking into Canada for free health care. When the Tex-Mex wall goes up, we may see a change in our export dollars into Central America, but that’s of small consequence. Airports and coastlines would soon follow. We will be the envy of every free democratic country in the world.
On a serious note, we have the approximate number of illegals that businesses demand of Congress to keep their labor costs down. When businesses demand fewer, there will be fewer. To keep the mice away, simply remove the cheese.
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