AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
I don't think the feds are ever going to do anything about this. The states are really the ones who get screwed and contrary to popular belief, many illegal aliens actually do pay taxes (with false documents) and bolster Social Security 7 billion a year. 7 billion of money that they count on. That they know, no one can ever claim.
I know some people who actually own a small business where they would never knowingly hire someone who was illegal. They were informed by the social security office (about four years ago) that one of their employees was using a false number and that they were illegal and that the business would be fined. The business owner asked the SS person if they should fire the "illegal immigrant" and the SS person said NO that would be discrimination. *face palm*
So if some agree that the Feds are not going to secure the borders. Then why the fuss when a State decides to start taking action to slow the influx of illegals? It seems the Feds are turning the problem over to the States by inaction.
"I can explain it to you but, I can't understand it for you"
One is a very vocal subset of the population that is quite happy with the current status quo. (these would be the protesters and the screamers)
The other is the purely political interest of protecting/defending a homey voting block.