A recent string of high-profile deportations have raised some very interesting questions about the responsibility the US has for its policy actions. President Trump promised to enforce US immigration law to an extent that is unknown in recent times, and this has created a host of legal issues.

Members from the violent MS-13 the violent MS-13 gang were recently deported to El Salvador, which is one of the most violent places on earth that isn't a live war zone. This has created a host of problems for the local authorities in El Salvador, who aren't equipped to deal with an influx of criminals from the United States.

Nothing works

The bottom line when it comes to illegal immigration in the United States is that no one really knows what to do. Far from being a human rights issue, illegal workers keep prices low and provide labor for jobs that no one else would do. Why Trump&Co. have set their sights on a massive source of cheap labor is unknown, but the social ramifications are obvious.

Sanctuary cities are a reactionary measure, but they demonstrate the popular support that illegal immigrants enjoy within the US. Along with some of the worst that Central America has to offer, many people flee the violence and repression that exists in places like El Salvador. They brave awful conditions, and when they arrive in the US, they are happy to work for whatever pay they can manage to make.

A rise in discord

The dangers that divisive political measures pose to a functioning society shouldn't be overlooked, especially when they relate to the cheapest form of labor there is. When people stop supporting a government, there really aren't many options available to the power structure.

In most cases the tactics that are employed are totalitarian in nature, and require the escalation of force on a regular basis.

In the case of illegal immigration in the United States, the divisions are beginning to show at a regional level. There are many places that simply won't tolerate the wholesale deportation of community members, so the risk of federal intervention is very real.

Creating value

A society functions because it creates value on a group level.

While many in the USA don't like the idea of illegal immigration, the bare facts are that illegal immigrants do create value-at-scale like few other social groups. This presents a unique political problem, but unfortunately at the moment career politicians are to busy shoving each other and fighting, than finding workable solutions.

Finding a way to integrate immigrants that can show a genuine interest in social participation would make a lot of sense, and would allow greater transparency in a system that is mired in opaque bureaucracy. At present it seems as though illegal immigration is to emotional for people to engage actively, with results that may not be beneficial to the nation as a whole.