“Over the past 10 years, traversing the U.S.–Mexico border illegally has become increasingly dangerous for would-be immigrants,” a new Heritage Foundation report explains. “Illegal immigrants face kidnapping, murder, and rape at the hands of violent drug cartels and ever more ruthless human smugglers,” while hundreds die of heat exhaustion and dehydration.

But that’s not the only cost of illegal immigration, Heritage’s Ray Walser, Jena McNeill and Jessica Zuckerman argue. “It is costly to societies and nations as a whole.”

To fight illegal immigration and reduce the toll on human lives, they recommend a far-reaching program that includes increased border security, a rejection of amnesty for illegal immigrants, revised immigration procedures, plus new diplomatic efforts to foster reforms and crack down on human smuggling in Latin America.

What do you think of Heritage’s proposals? Do you have any additional suggestions? Tell us in the comments below.

Comments (2)

Priscilla Junggren - June 28, 2011

I think it is a great idea but it has all been talked about before at naseum. So far I haven’t seen any results.

Edwin Carp - June 28, 2011

One suggestion I NEVER hear – Of course the border MUST be SECURED – but then – offer all illegals currently here 8 weeks to report to an immigration office to be identified (photo/fingerprint/DNA/special SSN). Once that 8 week time is up, ANYONE not registered and found will be immediately deported. All registered illegals will have 5 years to go through the normal channels (return to home country and apply). NONE will be given voting rights unless they become citizens. This takes the amnesty question OFF the table and deals immediately with the problem. Hope it makes some sense to you. Thanks for your time.

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