Forget the wall. If President Donald Trump really wants to halt illegal immigration, he would propose U.S. statehood for the four Central American countries currently shipping thousands of migrants north.
That would mean that Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua would become part of the United States, like the additions of Alaska and Hawaii 60 years ago.
It would also mean that the people of those countries would have no need to make the dangerous, thousand-mile journey north to enter -- or break into -- the United States. They would be part of the U.S.
They could stay at home in their own states. And as U.S. citizens they would be entitled to all the public-assistance programs available to Americans and choose from a menu of benefits best suited their lifestyle. Work would be optional.
In other words, instead of coming to America, America would come to them. Businesses would invest and create jobs for those willing to work.
It certainly would beat building a wall or granting amnesty to the millions of illegal immigrants already living in the U.S., as has been done in the past. It would be cheaper too.
A recent Gallup poll found that 42 million South Americans living under one dictatorship or another want to come to the United States. They know that they -- illegal or not -- are welcome. Open Border Democrats have told them so.
Of course, making the four countries American states will not solve the migrant problem. But it would help.
Trump would be wise to latch on to the idea before it is ripped off by Socialist Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The next thing you know she will be holding hands with Sen. Eddie Markey at a joint press conference, the way they did with the New Green Deal.
The charismatic but intellectually challenged 29-year-old congresswomen from the Bronx, and the millennials who support her, may not know that the U.S. was not always made up of 50 states.
But it's not their fault they don't know the U.S. bought Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million in 1867. If they did, it would confirm their predisposed belief that there was collusion behind the deal.
The leftists who hate the country would have accused the U.S. of swindling the poor Russians out of their colony. Ocasio-Cortez and Markey would be campaigning to give the place back.
The territory of Alaska and Hawaii, by the way, became states in 1959, raising the number from 48 to 50.
But even their hero Barack Obama did not know about the 50 states. He thought there were more. Campaigning for president in 2008, Obama said, "It's just wonderful to be back in Oregon. And over the last 15 months we've traveled to every corner of the United States. I've now been in 57 states; I think one left to go."
The basket-case countries of Central America -- all left-leaning, authoritarian socialist hellholes -- must know that it is not too difficult to become a U.S. state. All it takes is a petition from a territory like Alaska, a vote of Congress and presidential approval. If a territory can become a state, why not a country?
For openers, it would mean eight more U.S. senators who no doubt would be left-leaning, free-stuff progressives. Having lived off handouts from the U.S. for so long, they would know no other way.
The Republicans would like it because it would persuade the 33 million new Americans in the new states -- now blessed with generous welfare benefits -- to stay home and live the good life.
Of course, there will be guilt-ridden progressives who will oppose the plan because it was proposed by Trump and not Ocasio-Cortez.
To deal with their objections, Trump could put forward an inclusive volunteer program like the Peace Corps. He could call it the Work Corps.
The plan would allow progressive volunteers to move to El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua to help the new Americans as nannies, or with day care, elderly care, house cleaning, roofing, flooring, house painting, landscaping and gardening.
The new Americans could live just like old Americans and not feel discriminated against. And the progressive volunteers would learn a set of skills that could come in handy when they return home and look for jobs illegal immigrants used to do.
Upon signing the historic bill, Trump could say: "Welcome to America. Now stay home."
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