The solution to illegal immigration is serious welfare reform

From The Wall Street Journal:

Republican Debate Analysis: A Pivot to Policy From Personality

Elected officials get a chance to reassert themselves over anti-establishment campaigns

By Janet Hook | November 11, 2015 12:01 a.m. ET

Republican presidential candidates decided to try something different Tuesday in the latest nationally televised debate: focus on policy.

After three presidential debates that were marked by personal attacks and sniping, the candidates gathered in Milwaukee for the most concerted test yet of their mettle on economics, finance and foreign affairs.

The result was a spirited debate that was a refreshing contrast from the shouting matches and backbiting that have been a major part of campaign ads, stump speeches and the first three debates of this long primary season.

The turn to policy gave a fresh opportunity for elected officials such as [mc_name name=’Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000595′ ] of Florida and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio to reassert themselves over the political novices whose anti-establishment campaigns have set the tone of the primary contest.

In the process, the debate laid bare fundamental differences that face the Republicans, not just in attitude and style, but in policy directions.

There’s more at the link, but I wish to stress something which never seems to get any attention: the only way to deal with illegal immigration is to reform welfare! The candidates clashed over Donald Trump’s stated position that he would “uproot the roughly 11 million immigrants in the country illegally and deport them to their countries of origin,” but offered no real solution to the problem. As long as we have a system in which American citizens who are physically and mentally able to work can still survive, on government largess, without having to work, we will have illegal immigration.

The point is simple: when we are told that the illegal immigrants will do the work that Americans will not, it is because able-bodied Americans have the choice of not working at all and still surviving. As long as the option of not taking that unpleasant job, if it is all that is available, exists, we will have illegal immigrants to fill those jobs. Make it a choice between taking the undesirable job and starvation, and Americans will take those jobs.

Sound harsh? Well, I’ve done some of those hard, hot, nasty jobs. I’ve stood in a field at the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station, in August, squaring out the bottom of a footing with a square-end shovel, because that was what had to be done. I’ve poured concrete when it was 95º F out in the sun, and 12º F in the winter, because that was what had to get done. I’ve roofed a house, I’ve worked on high steel, forming and then wrecking the forms, for bridge decks, and if I could do it, then so can anyone else. Even today, at my near-retirement age, I still have to shovel under conveyor belts, strip and reset concrete block forms, clean out dust collectors, grease equipment and climb up and work on the tops of high cement silos, and if I can do it at 62½ years old, then so can anyone else who is not actually handicapped. As you might guess, I have a great deal of respect for men and women who go out and work for a living, and none, none at all, for those who could, but will not.

From 2 Thessalonians, Chapter 3:

7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, 8 nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. 9 We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate. 10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”

In our zeal to do good, to be charitable, we have lost our way. In our desire not to let the infirm suffer, we have allowed the willfully idle to leech off of those who will work.

The solution to illegal immigration is simple: if we require able-bodied Americans to work, they will displace the illegal immigrants who have jobs, because it is a lot simpler, and safer, for an employer to have workers who speak English and do not leave him in the position of having to worry about ICE.¹ If we restrict welfare to solely those American citizens who are physically or mentally unable to work, the illegals will self-deport, because they will be unable to survive in the United States.

Real, serious welfare reform really is the solution to most of our problems. Requiring American citizens to work or starve means greatly reduced federal expenditures, as welfare costs are dramatically reduced, and government revenues would rise as American workers paid taxes. Having the illegal immigrants leave would reduce the expenditures on state and local governments, as they would no longer have to provide educational and other services to their children. And having all able-bodied Americans working would mean that we would have more community respect and sympathy for all of our neighbors.
Cross-posted, in slightly different form, on The First Street Journal.
¹ – The American workers who would need those jobs would help in this by reporting employers who keep illegals on the payroll.