Yes, Philly, I am only too aware of the repercussions of illegal immigration. WE are paying for their health care, their education, their food, their transportation, their children, AND their share of income taxes, in the vast majority of cases. Of the money they earn by taking an American's place in the workforce, a large portion is sent back to Mexico to support their family members there! No taxes paid....no income reported....no contribution to the society that they feed off. They clutter up our airwaves with Spanish, making us print EVERYTHING in their language rather than bothering to learn even conversational English. They often have 6 to 8 breadwinners per house allowing them to have a great deal more discretionary income than comparably employed Americans. They bring their drugs, their gangs, their graffiti, their loud music, as if we don't have enough of those things already. They demand to be represented in our city councils, our legislature, our school boards, etc. They claim WE are racist if we ask them for I.D. for voting, making a purchase, or renting a property. All this on top of the fact that they DON'T BELONG HERE! Many say that, sure, they came here illegality many years ago, but they haven't been in any trouble with the law, they just want a better life for their families, etc.
EXCUSE ME! Every single day they are here, they are breaking the law! There is no expiration on the statute of limitations on a crime if you commit it EVERY DAY.
So....how to fix it? BUILD THE BLASTED FENCE ALREADY! Deport or imprison every illegal alien. This will create many job openings for unemployed Americans, including staff positions in the prisons. Enforce the immigration laws we already have. Change the law regarding "anchor babies." Give them ALL a "path to citizenship" that leads back to their own country and to the end of the line of those applying for citizenship legally. Heavily fine anyone employing illegals. Allow the border states to protect their borders without federal interference. Recruit and seriously ARM border patrol agents. Stop allowing illegals access to social services, education, and non-emergency health care. If the things they came here for weren't so accessible to them, they would be less inclined to risk getting caught. If we get serious about prosecuting and deporting them, if we make it harder to get here in the first place, if we stop rewarding them when they DO get here, if we stop accommodating them in our culture, our signage, our airwaves, our businesses, our schools, and our communities, we just MIGHT be able to keep our country as a place in which WE can feel at home.
"We live in a stage of politics where legislators seem to regard the passage of laws as much more important than the results of their enforcement." William Howard Taft, 27th American president