First, is illegal immigration a problem? I think it is. We have more and more people coming to the U.S. and it forces wages lower (or keeps them low). One way to make wages go higher is to stem the tide of illegal immigration. Another problem with illegal immigration is the cost on society. Most illegal immigrants are poor and rather than having a positive impact on the economy, they are a burden and a drain. By any measure, illegal immigrants are a burden, except on the bottom line of the companies and businesses that hire them. Finally, there is the issue of obeying the law. Illegal immigrants have no incentive to obey the law since they are here illegally. Why pay taxes, be honest when applying for benefits, or have real proof of citizenship when applying for work or school? One key way we can improve our economy is to stem the flow of illegal immigration.
Next, what about legal immigration? Legal immigration should be expanded because it is a good way to bring in those people who have the skills and experiences we need. Legal immigrants are not a burden to our society and usually arrive already being employed in high wage jobs. Legal immigrants are not a burden on our society and in fact, are a benefit to it. So we should encourage and expand legal immigration and do all we can to discourage and limit illegal immigration.
One last observation. If I was poor and desperate in another country and I could find a way to the U.S. and have the opportunity to make a better life for myself, I would do so in a heartbeat. Can you blame someone for doing so? I don't blame them for trying to make a better life for themselves.
What do you think?