Romney's self-deportation will not work and here is why

Mitt Romney suggested self-deportation was the best way to deal with undocumented immigrants at last night’s Republican presidential debate in Florida. His immigration plan was met with chuckles from the audience and mocking on Twitter.  

In Mitt Romney’s words: “The answer is self-deportation, which is people decide they can do better by going home because they can’t find work here because they don't have legal documentation to allow them to work here.”


Yes, former Senator Rick Santorum was correct when he chimed in to say a certain level of self-deportation has already happened because work had disappeared. As the housing boom imploded, undocumented workers could not rely on construction work for pay. Times got tough and some went back home.

However, even with the unemployment rate hovering over 8%, there are plenty of jobs Americans will not take. Perhaps Mitt Romney should consult John Herald, one of the farmers featured in a New York Times article who had trouble hiring and retaining American workers. John Herald and other farmers had local workers quit on them after the first day, leaving them with a labor shortage. It’s tedious and backbreaking work.

Will Americans take a minimum wage job carving meat at Smithfield, where the floors are slippery and the hazards include deboning yourself? I highly doubt it.

When push comes to shove will Mitt Romney allow the economy to suffer by eliminating and closing off jobs to undocumented workers? Again, no.

What do you think of Mitt Romney’s self-regulation solution?


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