The Senate recently passed, and the House is currently debating, legislation that would give amnesty to the 11+ million illegal immigrants currently in the United States. At the same time, it would also increase border security.
This legislation is self-defeating. What's the point of increasing border security and doubling down on future illegal immigration while at the same time rewarding past illegal immigration? Talk about sending a mixed message!
If we really want to allow people to just walk over the border and become citizens - then we should change the law to allow that! - OR - If we really want to keep people from just walking over the border and becoming citizens - then we should enforce the law to stop that! Stop pussyfooting around! Take a damn stand! Quit pretending you're "for border security" if you're really going to undermine it and reward those who got past our Border Patrol. And quit pretending you have "compassion for those who just want a better life" if you're going to turn around and "get tough" to stop them from now on! We can't have our cake and eat it too.
The problem is that those who really want to open the borders don't have the guts to do that and those who really want to enforce border security don't have the guts to do that. So they all take the 'back door' method: making another "one-time exception" while leaving the existing immigration laws intact. The system is broken and politicians are cowards. Until we start electing courageous men and women who will actually say what they really think and stand on those principles, we're destined to see more of this kind of back door, "try to please everyone so I can get re-elected (and not be accused of racism)" legislation.
That this nation is in serious need of immigration reform is beyond debate. The system we have in place now is ridiculous. We have: A) people lined up for years, jumping through hoop after hoop to come here legally; B) people who just walk across the border, settle in and become part of society with no real problem; and C) the same government on the one hand enforcing every jot and tittle of immigration law and on the other refusing to enforce it at all.
We need to decide, once and for all, what it should take to become an American citizen or legal resident alien. That's the issue. Congress needs to debate that, change the law to reflect that, then stand behind that.