We've all heard how congress has to pass a new immigration law because there are too many illegal immigrants hiding in the shadows, that these immigrants need a "path to citizenship" so we don't "divide families."
The problem isn't that we need a new law. The problem is that we need the will to enforce the existing laws on the books that we already have --- and that when states try to do this on their own, that they be supported by their national government instead of being prosecuted by it (like Arizona).
If enforcement of existing laws is lacking, why should anyone expect enforcement of a new one?
And if the illegals don't respect our laws upon entry, why should they be expected to be law-abiding while they are here?
If immigration "reform" is passed, it will merely be the institutionalization of existing policy that benefits certain constituencies: The Republicans will get laborers for their mansions, farms, and factories. The Democrats will get legions of supporters controlled by government handouts... But the American public, as usual, will get the shaft!
Contrast the behavior of our government with our friends, the Brits, across the pond. ‘Go home or face arrest’: UK anti-illegal immigrant ads face stiff criticism .
The British solution is simple: Make it uncomfortable for people illegally present to stay ... and make it easy for them to leave.
We can do this! If we need a "path to citizenship" so as to not "divide families," it should be "Go out the back door the way you came (we won't hold it against you) and come in the front door LEGALLY."