By Tom Barry, May 16, 2008
Americas Program, Center for International Policy (CIP)
Are Americans willing to pay for the intensifying crackdown on immigrants?
Just as we are squandering billions abroad in the war in Iraq, we are wasting billions of dollars at home in what has become a war on immigrants. The collateral costs of this anti-immigrant crackdown—including labor shortages, families torn apart by deportations, overcrowded jails and detentions centers, deaths on the border, courts clogged with immigration cases, and divided communities—are also immense.
Together the financial and social costs of the administration's "enforcement-first" immigration policy are too high to bear. [...]
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