Illegal immigration reality check: A wall wouldn’t be that effective

From the New York Times:

In each year from 2007 to 2014, more people joined the ranks of the illegal by remaining in the United States after their temporary visitor permits expired than by creeping across the Mexican border, according to a report by researchers at the Center for Migration Studies.

A partial government estimate released last year said that 416,500 people whose business or tourist visas had expired in 2015 were still in the country in 2016. That does not count people who came here on student visas or temporary worker permits.

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I believe this is correct. A border wall would not end illegal immigration. But I don’t think anyone – including Trump – believe it would.

The issue is most commonly expired visas. A border wall would certainly be a good start, but it is only a start. A lot of work needs to be done to keep on top of visas, and when they expire, make sure the person has gone home to their country of choice.

A lot of people erroneously believe illegal immigrants only come from Mexico. That isn’t the case at all. And no, a border wall isn’t going to stop illegals from Europe.

I recently attended a local event in my town that was a conversation with the police chiefs of my town and the next town over. One of the reasons I went was because their advertising made it sound like they were turning my town into a sanctuary “city,” and I wanted to see what the heck was going on. I mentioned the event to numerous neighbors, and a good deal of them laughed and said the entire thing was going to have to be done in Spanish. OK. When I got there, sure enough, there were lots of questions from folks about what the police would do during traffic stops, if they would assist ICE, etc. And the questions were being asked not as if they were pushing for more immigration enforcement, but to see how safe they were.

There was one Hispanic woman in the entire audience. Only one. And she didn’t ask a question. All of these questions were coming from people who immigrated from India. (I took video of the event, but it is almost an hour long and painfully boring for people outside of the towns. If you really want to see it, just ask. I put it on YouTube. Otherwise, I won’t torture you with it)

I support the border wall. I wish we were building the damn thing already. But I am not kidding myself – and I am sure none of you are, either. It won’t fix the problem. We need to up the checks on visas. The entire department needs to be overhauled.

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