Engineering Solves the Alien Problem

Harnessing Resources to Performances



Jesse W. Brogan

Management Engineer




The authority-based leadership question is what to do with an estimated 13,000,000 illegal aliens?.  How will we get this massive number of people under control?  Where will the resources come from to find and deport them?  Is there some way to allow them to become citizens, so that we won’t have to worry over how to deal with them?


Management engineering, the application of industrial engineering techniques to problems in management starts with the observation that we want to gain something valuable through our efforts in dealing with illegal aliens.  The management technique will bring public efforts to bear on generating that value.


The answer to the problem of illegal aliens is not in how to control them, or how to expel them, or how to keep them out.  As it usually is with people, the answer is in how to use them; the answer is in management rather than legalisms. 


Now we address the same from a performance-leadership perspective.  We have a 13,000,000 man workforce that is not entitled to citizen benefits (such as the minimum wage), but only to benefits that are common to human beings.  This same workforce is actively working in the United States, earning income and making purchases to keep themselves and family.  Dollars are even flowing back to their home countries.


These workers are a source of wealth, let us seize upon them.  They are valuable to the United States, and to the individual States.  Seize upon them and take them into custody.  In this condition, they are entitled to basic housing (not good housing), to basic medical care, and to three meals a day suitable for a workman.


Then again, they are not all workers.  What of someone who just overstays their visa?   Do we seize upon them and treat them as we do those who intentionally invade this Nation?  


Of course we do.  If they are unwilling to remain here legally, they are not contributing to our nation.  They need to be recognized and dealt with as any other foreigner who willingly breaks our laws.  They get nothing by coming here legally if they do not maintain that legality.


Their labor, unlimited by our labor laws, is then available for sale by the Government at minimum wage or above depending on their individual skills and abilities.  They earn no money on their own, but may get credits toward paying for their eventual return to their country of origin.  They send nothing home, and they can earn nothing for themselves while they are here illegally.  Anything they have when they go into this system is to be seized and auctioned to the highest bidder as an offset to system expenses.


Instead of costing the public, they are to earn their own keep for the public, and contribute to general government funding through their labor – possibly reducing taxes or increasing what our leaders are able to accomplish for us.


The whole situation with employers changes remarkably, as it does with sanctuary cities and others who would protect illegal aliens from Government use.  They would become subject to suit for damages to the state or federal government based on loss of revenue.


And what of illegal aliens who can’t work?  A certain number of expensive aliens will have to be shipped to the border and unceremoniously dumped.  Let their own country take care of their indigents.  They could also be taken to their respective embassies, and dumped there.  The problem of unproductive people should return to the countries of origin; and not be accepted as a problem to be corrected with U.S. taxpayer dollars.


And what of rights? 


Does the person who breaks into a home gain rights to what they find in the refrigerator, so that they can take from it like one of those who belongs in the home?  Neither do illegal aliens gain rights by breaking into our country.


They may be entitled to benefits, but only if their country of origin is willing to pay for these.


So how do we handle the employer who knowingly hires illegals?  The answer is in the damage suffered by the public.  The illegals are seized, and the employer is charged the minimum wage for the time spent in his or her employ.  This is the funds that would have been earned for public benefit; and this is simple restitution under recognized principles of law.


And what if the illegals want to become legal.  That is also basic law.  They cannot become legal while they are in violation of the law.  Only when they are accepted into a legal program (probably requiring a return to their native land) can they petition to come legally into the United States. 


Do illegal aliens have the right to use our courts?  The answer is the same.  Foreigners gain no rights by crossing our borders illegally.  They have such rights to use our courts as they had as citizens living in their own nations.  The only thing that changes is that our courts can accept jurisdiction of their persons because they are found in our sovereign area.


On the other hand, those who can find a sponsor, someone to pay their way, can gain access to our courts.  They should not be entitled to “citizen rights” in the United States, but may have some claim to rights granted by their own nation to visiting U.S. citizens.  This would have to be established by mutual agreements between nations.


Do illegal aliens have a right to have their children enter our schools? 


Children born of aliens within our borders are recognized as having the right to claim dual citizenship up until their age of majority.  Other children have no rights to public education.  They would have to pay full-cost to get this service, and illegal parents would be earning nothing. We have law addressing these situations; it is only a matter of applying that law. 


Is the Government entering into commercial competition with its own citizenry? 


Again, it is hard to portray such an interpretation as reasonable.  These people are already in our country, and they would have been working whether on their own or by direction of the Government.  There is no greater competition from having the Government sell their labor than from letting them act like free persons seeing to their own purposes.  The great difference is that they would not be available as unfair labor that was willing to work below the minimum wage.  They are rented out based on what the Government can get for selling their skills.


The difference is in the cost.  If they are on their own, and sending money back to their relatives in foreign nations, then Government efforts to control this illegal population must be supported with tax dollars.  If the Government is being paid for their labor, the money stays here – and, among other things, it is used to manage and maintain this workforce.  The Government is just putting them to work to cover the cost of having to house and feed such an army of workers.


There are other subtler differences.  Consider that employers who hire illegals are able to take advantage of them.  The Government will rather provide them sufficient living to support their basic needs, and assure them work.  In the approach recommended, the one who hires illegals will end up paying for it, and the public will benefit.  We want employers to have an incentive to do what is good for the public. 


Individual citizens will benefit in national security from having these aliens out of open circulation, and from having them gainfully employed.  A moderate fee, say 10% of the earnings of the alien for the next three to six months, could be a personal inducement to turn in aliens for profit.  There should be private benefit from turning in illegals, bringing the benefit of their labor to bear for the good of the nation, instead of having it become a public challenge.  This effort harnesses the public to do what the public does best – hundreds of millions of observers seeing to their own interest by turning in any illegal aliens that cross their path.


Might I be encouraging private bounty-hunters.  Most assuredly so!  It should be beneficial to turn in illegal aliens; and if someone can make an honest living that way, more power to them.


At the very least, this is a means for documenting who the aliens are, and tracking their movements.  Legal aliens can be recognized, and separated out from those who are suspect.


This is an approach that brings the focus of many together in a coordinated effort to yield beneficial results.  Even foreign nations will seek to keep their own most-productive people from crossing illegally into the United States – none of the money they earn will return with them if they join our illegals workforce. 


This general approach Brings a large number of people together to gain a valued result; and that comes within the definition of “management.”  This is an approach that manages illegal aliens for the benefit of the public, instead of the currently-popular proposals to punish aliens (at great public expense) for their criminal crossing of our borders, or to stop them at the border through massive expenditures on fences and guards.


And what of the cost of a massive system that would have to feed and house 10,000,000 aliens? 


The answer is that this same workforce represents 400,000,000 man-hours of labor to sell each week.  If we assume an average income of $7.00 per hour, we are approaching three billion dollars a week in income.  This is available to feed, clothe and house these illegal aliens, and to pay those who manage these people and assign them their workload.  These same illegals are also available to maintain their own housing, to work on gardens, in kitchens or take part in other efforts for taking care of themselves.  They are, after all, a ready workforce.


Those who might not accept servitude without violence, or do such work as is unacceptable to those who would hire them, can be shipped back and disposed of in their home nation.  No permission is necessary to deliver them back to the borders and dump them back over.


Implementation is also reasonable.  It takes very little seed money to identify barracks to house the first few illegals; and we can control how many bounties will be paid to generate the people to fill available facilities.  Any of these people who are not immediately employed can work to prepare other facilities to house more aliens.  The greater the supply, the greater the potential for gaining the benefit of their labor.  Illegals can even be trained to check out other potential inmates for their credentials, to then be evaluated by the system managers. 


The list of aliens so documented becomes a database that will find and track both legal and illegal aliens in the United States – meeting one of the goals that seem beyond our current Government efforts.  The difference is that these aliens will represent public resources, rather than potential expenses.  There will be value for all in knowing who and where they are.  The situation becomes manageable.


And finally to the obvious rabble-rouser’s challenge.  Yes, Lincoln freed the slaves; but only freed those in the United States.  Illegals get no rights through crossing our borders; and they leave their own national rights behind when they enter here illegally. 


Their own nation can always buy them back by paying a reasonable amount for our potential loss to public income.  If an alien’s own nations is not willing to support him or her, then the U.S. taxpayer certainly shouldn’t have to foot the bill.