Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
I just can't see them as invaders. Clearly my brother marrying a very cute one has biased me. But still, perhaps we should make it easier and possible for those down south to immigrate legally.
The REAL problem we have in America is that so many of our elected officials willfully ignore illegal aliens when they come into the country. When your own government ignores it's own laws, it does indeed become a futile effort to eradicate the problem.
The nation, and particularly the State of California, relies on immigrant labor. This is particularly true with the agriculture states. What we need is reform that permits our border agents to process legal immigrants and temporary workers and places these people in a database so that potential employers can quickly look up their information to verify they are here legally.
Employers cannot be forced to be the enforcers when it is so easy to obtain a State drivers license and false SS number.
Point in case; I know of an illegal immigrant who came into this country on a legal visa. When it came time to renew/expire, he did not go back because he was afraid they would not renew his visa and he would be sent back to his native country.
For a decade now he has used the same SS number, paid taxes and worked for.....STATE Government. How hard would it have been to track this man down and expel him? But our government CHOSE to collect their taxes and ignore his legal status.
For my two cents, this man is a far better citizen than many who are rightfully born here. He should be allowed to immigrate. But how fair would it be to now suddenly decide to enforce laws that were willfully ignored by our Government for over a decade?
This is the REAL issue with immigration reform; Governments who willfully ignore our laws because they are politically afraid to enforce them and some cities, like San Fran, who openly declare themselves a "sanctuary" city?
So before we go expelling illegal immigrants, let's also properly determine how they got here, how they have been operating quasi legally, develop USEFUL (SS numbers with photo connected perhaps) internet based information systems that permit employers to quickly and easily verify legal status prior to hiring and actually start enforcing our immigration laws and sanction those cities and States that willfully choose to ignore our laws.
Would you even dream of trying to enter Great Britain without legal documentation? Just answer me this: if you tried to enter any other country without documentation, what do you think the response would and should be?