Legal and Illegal Immigration: An Analogy
What 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?