Recently, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich suggested that we round up and deport the millions of illegal aliens who currently reside in the U.S.
Silly mortal...what on earth was he thinking? Simple solutions to complicated problems just confuse the powers that be—he should have used graphs and flow charts...you know, visual aids that provide an opportunity for interpretation.
To discourage the idea, the Center for American Progress
(CAP—whatever that`s supposed to be) prepared a sort of makeshift cost/benefit analysis
for deporting millions of illegal aliens.
Hmm...I wonder what they determined?? Surprise, surprise, surprise...the cost is astronomical. In fact, according to CAP, the solution is cost prohibitive.
[extracted from the report linked below]"Using publicly available data, we estimate the costs of a mass deportation effort to be at least $206 billion over five years ($41.2 billion annually), and could be as high as $230 billion or more. Spending $41.2 billion annually would exceed the entire budget of the Department of Homeland Security for FY 2006 ($34.2 billion) and more than double the annual cost of military operations in Afghanistan ($16.8 billion)."
Ok, so what? Should the cost be triple that amount, I still say so what. The pricetag is our penance—we should pay it.
And by the way, I do not believe there is a sum greater in value than the DHS budget. Last I checked, the ascending order for monetary denominations was: Million—Billion—Trillion—DHS Budget
In any event, the Center for American Progress just published their full accounting.
Arm yourself with a long, tall drink—I recommend a Costco-sized vat of Pepto Bismol—before
you click [here
] to read the complete report. The report is titled Deporting the Undocumented: A Cost Assessment
The report should be titled :Deporting the Undocumented: Who are we kidding?
Those who feel compelled to do so can click [here
] to email the Center for American Progress.