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It’s The Illegals Stupid

The department of Homeland Security estimates that there are 11.4 million illegal immigrants in the United States. Other estimates put the number at over 20 million but we will stick with the official 11.4 number.

That is twice the population of Massachusetts.

Almost 3 times the population of Ireland.

More than everyone in Wyoming, Vermont, Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Delaware, Montana, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire and Hawaii combined.

228 times the amount of servicemen killed in Vietnam.

And according to most Republican Presidential candidates we are going to round them up and send them packing.

The sheer volume in numbers tells anyone who cares to look that the logistics make this an impossible task.

Then there is the economy stupid, one would presume that most of the 11.4 million have a roof over their head. For arguments sake let’s assume that illegal immigrants live in blocks of 4.

11.4 million divided by 4 equals 2.85 million houses or apartments without tenants, that is one big mountain of vacancies.

1 million homes were foreclosed in 2008, since the market meltdown somewhere in t he region of 5.5 million homes have been foreclosed and now we are going to expose another 2.85 million units to foreclosure which is usually the fate of a vacant living unit.

The effects on the workforce would be so draconian that the US would be forced to pay huge premiums for employee’s for even the most lowly paid jobs. The minimum wage would soar not because of political pressure but because of market conditions, it is the law of supply and demand stupid.

There will be no dollar deals in McDonald’s anymore, Walmart will be competing with Google and Apple for employees. Forget a college degree, a high school drop out will command $50k a year to start.

Here’s a novel idea for any candidate who wants to grow the economy, bring in another 20 million illegal immigrants on top of the 11.4 that’s here now.

That would require 5 million new housing units, and as we all know housing runs construction and construction runs the real economy.

20 million more mouths to feed equals Walmart shares would surge, state taxation from RMV fees alone would soar, the cost of unskilled labor would plummet, the economy would soar to such a degree that as The Donald likes to say, America would be great again.