Andres Oppenheimer makes a good case for cutting immigration enforcement spending on programs proven not to work.
At the very least, they should have a serious discussion on whether it makes sense to spend $4.5 billion in deporting people who have not committed serious crimes and do jobs that Americans don’t want to do, while slashing funds for the FBI and other law enforcement agencies whose job is to put serious criminals behind bars.
He also highlights an important and generally neglected issue, namely that immigration enforcement is a huge government giveaway:
There is growing evidence that the arrest and deportation of undocumented migrants along the U.S. border has become a big business for private detention companies, and that in many cases it hasn’t helped reduce the flow of undocumented migrants.
In so many ways, immigration enforcement should be a perfect issue for those claiming a commitment to cut fat from the budget. Unfortunately that rarely seems to happen, as everyone is happy to throw good money after bad.