Big, BIG government. From last night's Republican debate:
Newt Gingrich says he would devote as many resources as necessary to securing the U.S.’s southern border and that he would build two separate fences at the border to make it more difficult to cross illegally. He also says he’d send thousands more employees of the Homeland Security Department to border areas....
Mitt Romney says he would put more resources into securing the border and support programs that make it more difficult for illegal immigrants to work in the U.S.
Rick Santorum also said he would beef up efforts to combat illegal immigration.
Ron Paul is the only one who said that the enforcement measures were largely a waste of money.
Although I disagree with the enforcement-only policy, I understand its logic. The problem comes when the argument arrives wrapped in the rhetoric of small government. With the exception of Ron Paul, all of the candidates' proposed solutions will require drastic increase of government spending, enlargement of the federal government's workforce, and expansion of the federal government's power over individuals.
All I ask, therefore, is that those facts be recognized by anyone espousing enforcement-only policies.