October 31, 2017

"Build the Wall" - "To Protect Dreamers"

That's my case for the wall. True, it would be costly. One common estimate is $25 billion. Still, even this amount is a rounding error in a $4 trillion federal budget. The price would be tiny if the result protects the "dreamers" and inspires real bargaining on many immigration issues: sanctuary cities, family preferences, and a path to citizenship, among others.

Compromise involves giving up things you want and accepting things you don't want for a result that, despite its defects, leaves you better off than when you started. In that sense, a grand compromise on immigration is conceivable. The open question is whether both sides are willing to compromise -- and today's agendas are simply negotiating positions -- or whether they prefer endless political theater.

Trump is willing to compromise. Schumer and Pelosi say, "No way." What do the ever-so-thoughtful libertarians say? (He asks, knowingly.)

Immigration Trump Revolution Posted by JohnGalt at October 31, 2017 2:42 PM

I did not see this little gem hiding down here in today's embarrassment of blogging riches.

I suppose I'm in. For the exact reason in Samuelson's article. I don't want it, but would trade it for legal immigration. Just the Dreamers? I need a little more than that. Increased H1-B or something or something?

Or, more likely a smaller wall for the Dreamers.

Side note: we talk about ideals and rights and what should be done around here. From a practical standpoint, do you think a physical wall on the Mexican border would be effective? Cost-effective?

Posted by: jk at October 31, 2017 7:39 PM

In select locations, yes, absolutely effective. Cost-effective is a complex discussion but in general, yes, cost effective too. The cost must be amortized over decades, however. Which is one reason that proponents want it and opponents don't - it's PERMANENT.

Posted by: johngalt at November 1, 2017 2:41 PM

They thought so in Berlin in 1961. Oh well, 28 years is pretty good return on investment.

Posted by: jk at November 1, 2017 4:33 PM

Apple, meet mister orange.

Posted by: johngalt at November 1, 2017 6:02 PM | What do you think? [4]