Aug 12

End Illegal Immigration by Ending Welfare and Legalizing Drugs

End Illegal Immigration by Ending Welfare and Legalizing Drugs

By Aimee Thompson

At this moment, millions of Central American children are illegally entering the United States. There are not enough resources to care for them; as a result, they are living in horrible squalor within government facilities that resemble internment camps. The government is clueless about what to do, and the situation appears to worsen by the day.

If only someone had a plan to end the human suffering; well lucky for the government, there is such a plan. In order to end the suffering of all these sweet and loveable children, the federal government needs to end welfare and legalize all drugs. Many readers are probably confused by this two point plan and are not sure what either point has to do with ending illegal immigration, but if one listens to liberal and conservative arguments it all becomes clear.

If anyone asks a liberal why Central American children are leaving their homes, many will say the mass emigration is a result of drug violence. Illegal drug cartels make a fortune in their homelands; with their earnings, drug cartels bribe, threaten, and kill politicians to create lawless countries filled with violence. From the liberal perspective, the United States is to blame for this drug violence because it buys the illegal drugs, which pay for the violence to continue. For this reason, liberals will often argue for the legalization of drugs in order to destroy the drug cartel industry in these poor countries. Without the violence of drug cartels, it is believed that the motivation to leave one’s homeland would dissipate and there would be less illegal immigration.

Conservatives have a different take on what is motivating illegal immigration. From their perspective, all immigrants come to the United States for the same reason, jobs. There are many job openings in the United States because of its large economy and how we treat the poor. Having one of the largest economies and significantly less corruption than many other countries in the world results in more opportunities and jobs in the United States compared to most immigrants’ home countries. Also the United States is so rich, many of their poor do not even work; instead, they collect welfare. Rather than make the poor work, which is what most countries have done throughout history, the United States has decided they would prefer their poor to sit at home and purchase drugs with the money they receive from the government. This “enlightened” view towards the poor results in a number of jobs being vacant, because the poor in the United States refuse to work them (i.e. harvesting fruit, cleaning, and working in Mexican Restaurants). The conservative solution to illegal immigration is to end welfare in its current form. When the poor are no longer receiving everything for free, they will be forced to go out and work. By entering the workforce, they will fill the jobs which are currently going to illegal immigrants.

Up until now, conservatives and liberals have been unable to work out a deal because they only view the problem from their perspective. In order to break the deadlock, we should simultaneously reform welfare and make drugs legal.

Many people are afraid of legalizing drugs and ending welfare in its current form, but if we did, it would not be that bad. If all illegal drugs were legalized tomorrow, the world would not end; everyone’s grandmother would not run out to the local store and shoot up heroin. Other countries have legalized drugs and they have not fallen into the ocean. Also an added bonus to the legalization of all drugs would be a dramatic decrease in crime, since most crime in the United States is drug related. This would lead to a significant drop in the number of people being imprisoned, which would save the government millions. Additional savings would also be realized by eliminating the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), since drugs are now legal.

Obviously all of welfare will not go away overnight, but if it was significantly cut, we could help the poor in society by providing them with an opportunity to break the vicious cycle of poverty through work. Welfare payments do not end poverty, it only perpetuates it. If welfare worked we would not be in year fifty of the war on poverty. By having both sides compromise, we could decrease the incentive to come to the United States, increase the incentive to stay in their home country, and decrease poverty as well as crime in the United States.


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