Mass Deportation Does Not Instantly Resolve Immigration Problems and Help Immigration Reform

No matter how long the immigration debate continues, mass deportation is not going to be a viable option.

The immigration debate has been all over the map for so many years that people sometimes forget where it all started and what it is supposed to mean. Certainly the media has been full of reports on this debate, and they have covered everything possible from amnesty as a solution to increased border patrol, and even coverage about the DREAM Act to the other side with mass deportations and raids.

Has anyone ever thought that the whole debate might not be focused and that there might be another approach to this? Has anyone given any thought to what would happen financially if the U.S. continues its massive deportation program? Consider this: mass deportation forces those who depend on an undocumented illegal to use public assistance; businesses would be out of luck finding labor; and, enforcing such a huge exit would create a need for way more police than exist right now. Essentially, mass deportation does absolutely nothing to deal with the illegal alien problem.

Amnesty does not resolve the problem either. Does anyone recall the last amnesty in 1987? That round legalized an estimated two million illegal people. As a result of that program, there was an influx of millions of other aliens coming to the U.S. That is why there are now 12 million aliens in the country. Another amnesty would likely boost that number to close to 20 million, adding in all the others that came along with those who were granted amnesty. How does this take care of the border control issue? Furthermore, how does it deal with the illegal immigration that would still happen? The answer is, it does not resolve any of these issues.

This is not a problem that happened overnight, and accordingly, it is not a problem that will be solved overnight either. The way the government and others are trying to deal with this conundrum is to try and do the whole thing at once. If they choose to approach it like a lawyer preparing for a case, dealing with one issue at a time with careful deliberation and attention to each issue as it is raised, this might not be the major fiasco that it is today.

The other thing most people seem to be missing is that every part of the immigration system varies, and using one solution for the whole system just will not work. The immigration system as it stands right now is too unwieldy. This is why politicians and the general public cannot wrap their heads around the issue as a whole.

What is the bottom line? The bottom line is that there needs to be some new ideas, because there have not been any for a long time and the whole situation is bogged down in rhetoric. Rhetoric does not move our nation any closer to an immigration reform solution.

Sally Odell — Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, PA is an immigration lawyer in Miami with immigration law offices in Orlando and Miami Florida. To learn more, visit