In order for the Government to do a mass deportation, they would have to play Big Brother and violate people's privacy. As much as I dislike illegal immigrants competing with poor unemployed Americans for jobs, I would much rather put up with that than allow the Government to violate my 4th Amendment.
Unless you and others were hiding immigrants, the feds would take no notice of you. Why would they pester a caucasian family and not say.....a meat packing or turkey plant?
An idea that might help address the illegal immigration problem in the longterm would be for the US government to help and encourage Mexicans to use more birthcontrol. If Mexico can't support its own population, they should either reform their own economy or have less children.
The problem is over-population? That is not the reason why the Mexican economy is in shambles. That is more of a thing having to do with corrupt politicians and poor economic decision making on their part. Not only that, but it is just common sense that people will move to where the good jobs are. Since population is a concern of yours, you might itnerested to learn:
Immigrants have saved numerous states from negative population growth and shrinking economies.
The new immigrants, who come from Asia, Latin America, and Puerto Rico and live both in central cities and suburban developments, helped to offset the regional population loss and contribute to the workforce. Immigrants make up only 12 percent of the state's population; yet, if it were not for foreign immigration, the population would actually be shrinking and would have shrunk every decade since the 1970s.
As well as....
This study estimates that if not for the influx of immigrants that has kept factories going strong, 200,000 fewer people would be working in New England now than in 1990Source
Another possibility, although quite unAmerican, could be for the Government to pay the Mafia to patrol the Mexican border. I don't hate foreign workers enough to advocate anything like that. It certainly would do a good job at scaring the illegal immigrants away though.
The mafia, which consists of a dozen or so families and is primarily located in the northeast, is going to patrol 1,951 miles of rugged desert land across various states?
There wouldn't be enough money in the world to pay them to do it, even if that was desirable. And even if you could, it wouldn't be any more cost effective than our current system or a mass deportation one by any means. They make tons of money off of legitimate businesses, as well as through prostitution, gaming, and construction contracts. That is no chump change for uncle sam to try and pay up for patrols.
I have heard the argument that Mexicans take the jobs Americans don't want and thus improves the living standard for Middle Class America. The truth is that there are many poor Americans who actually need the lower paying jobs. It just happens to be that Americans, including the poor ones, want a wage that is liveable. Just imagine yourself working at a Burger King and paying your rent by sharing a studio apartment with 3 other people. I think Middle class America could pay its own poor workers a little better and not try to rely on cheap labor for everything.
The problem is, even if we did have a good number of people who would work the kill floors of packing plants and work as hotel cleaning ladies, there aren't enough of them. As cited previously, we would be experiencing a shortage of workers for what is essentially, an expanding economy. Without these workers, jobs would go unoccupied. The libertarian oriented CATO Institute has published a report
outlining the positive benefits of immigration that we experience today. What is the guy at Burger King to do? He should take night classes and get an associates degree in computers/desk top design. He could then start his own business and become more successful.