Nationally syndicated radio show host Mark Levin proposed Wednesday an alternative to the mass deportation of illegal immigrants: self-deportation.
“We’re going to punish employers who hire people illegally because they’re breaking the law, just as if they were breaking a tax law or an environmental law or any other law,” Levin said. “So you create an environment in which people will leave.”
Here is the transcript of Mark’s comments:
"This amazes me. It truly does amaze me. You don't have to round up people, certainly not millions and millions of people to send them home.
“Although, it would be nice if we rounded up some people and sent them back and shut down these sanctuary cities and sanctuary states, which are lawless, thuggish and nullifying our existing law. And the president does nothing about it because he agrees with them. So, of course you need to round up some people and deport them, as you would need to round up tax cheats or round up embezzlers or round up whomever.
“But this is the thing, folks. If, as president, Trump were to say look, the Supreme Court has ruled that the federal government has plenary power, the broadest possible power when it comes to the issue of immigration – remember the Obama administration went to court to block Arizona from actually upholding federal law? And Anthony Kennedy, one of the dumbest of the justices, he wrote basically that, look, the president has all kinds of power in this regard, and nobody else does.
“Fine. Then states should not be able to offer in-state tuition. Then states should not be able to offer licenses. Then the federal government should cut all welfare benefits, entitlements and other subsidies to people who are here illegally.
“And word will go out. Word will go out that you’re not going to collect benefits; you’re not going to have quasi-citizenship status, de facto citizenship status; and that, in fact, you can’t even get a job in America if you’re here illegally.
“And we’re going to punish employers who hire people illegally, because they’re breaking the law, just as if they were breaking a tax law or an environmental law or any other law.
“So you create an environment in which people will leave. We used to call this self-deportation, but we’re told we’re not allowed to do that anymore. If I were to talk like a liberal I’d be talking about undocumented Americans. They’re not undocumented Americans. They’re not Americans.
“So the point is – and we all know that this can be extremely practicable -- it can work. You don't actually have to send yellow school buses to everybody's house and neighborhood and start collecting people. You just create an economic environment, opposite of the one that exists today, where people can come into this country illegally and get healthcare and get schooling. They can come into this country illegally and get in-state tuition, get driver’s licenses, and get jobs.
“That’s crazy. I don’t know of any country that does that. Well, Europe is destroying itself with the so-called refugees. But any country that cares about its own culture and sovereignty and economic system, they don't do that."