Obama has Deported More Immigrants Than Any Other US President

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On Friday, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the next President of the United States.

Many fear his rhetoric on mass deportation, having expressed plans to deport 11 million people, something Ron Paul has described as “impossible”.

But before any attack on Trump’s rhetoric, there must be an evaluation of Obama’s action.

Over the past 8 years, the Obama administration has deported over 2.5 million immigrants, more than any American President ever.

The Obama administration has deported a higher number of immigrants than the sum total of all deportations from the USA in the 20th Century.

The budget for the deportation enforcement agency has more than tripled under his administration, to more than $18 BN.

A free market approach to immigration would be strongly opposed to such mass deportation, but also to the welfare state that creates such problems.

The central problem with immigration in America is a weak economy, which cannot absorb more people competing for American jobs, combined with a welfare state that subsides immigration.

Like any other person, migrants should be permitted to participate in the economy, but the welfare state distorts the benefits of labor moving toward jobs and capital.

The solution to this, however, is not walls or more government agents, but reductions in the welfare state, and limits on citizenship. If you are going to pay the education, health care and other needs for anyone who comes into your country, you will have an endless supply of people wanting to stay for an extended period.

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