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"You Can’t Deport 11 Million People" Statement Reflects Mistaken Image

March 1, 2013
By David North

In this Backgrounder for CIS, David North contends that the frequently heard comment "You just can't deport 11 million people" reflects a mistaken mental image of the illegal alien population.

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In this Backgrounder for CIS, David North contends that the frequently heard comment "You just can't deport 11 million people" reflects a mistaken mental image of the illegal alien population. In the minds of, or the unconscious of, those making that statement is a vision of a static population of 11 million people, all in the same big room, all staying put, with no one arriving or leaving. I call this the stadium model.

If the police had to clear , say, a football stadium by arresting and removing specific individuals one at a time — as is the case with deportation — it would be an impossible task. However, North asserts a better way to look at immigration:  it is a churning group, some newly arrived, some here for a long time, and many thinking about, planning to, or actually leaving through a wide variety of exits. If we could limit the number of new entrants and make it less attractive for illegal ones to stay and make it easier and more attractive to leave, then we could decrease the size of the illegal alien population without any need to deport them all.

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