Legal and Illegal Immigration: An Analogy

10422482_564777550316066_9095863348351738714_nWhat would you do if your local theater had this policy?

Option A) All patrons who pay to enter the theater can also purchase snacks at our candy counter at an increased fee.

Option B) All patrons who sneak into the theater for free will be given free snacks at the candy counter, paid for by the increased fees collected by the patrons who paid to get in.

Which patron would you rather be? Option B has the most incentive.

What would you do if you were an immigrant and the government had this policy?

Option A) All immigrants who enter the country legally can pay taxes and purchase benefits.

Option B) All immigrants who enter the country illegally will be provided benefits without charge, partially paid for by the taxes from the immigrants who entered legally.

Which immigrant would you rather be? Option B has the most incentive.

If we can see the difference so clearly, why can’t our government?

–SS

About Sebastian Stroughter

Sebastian is an analyst/database developer by day, and comic book collector/enthusiast by night. He is also a serious proghead and the genius behind ProgRockDock.com. He is married to AACONS Co-Founder, Marie Stroughter. Together they have 3 awesome kids who have inherited his love of comics (and one who is an aspiring programmer . . . a chip off of the old block).
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