I don’t want to start a firestorm here, but I think this needs to be said:
I have a problem with our treatment of illegal immigrants. I think our government and the American people are going about things the wrong way.
If someone wants to come to America, we need to lower the bar significantly. Perhaps if parents had an easy way of making their kids American citizens, we wouldn’t see them unceremoniously dumped over our borders.
For adults, do a background check if possible, a personality test if not, and some brief courses in their native language if they can’t speak English, then a test. Let them know that they are expected to learn English, but let’s not make that a requirement.
If someone is *not* a citizen and there is no proof that they have made an effort to become one, they should be deported. If they commit a crime that can be proven, they should be deported, but the ones who have become American citizens and then committed a crime should be tried in our courts.
We need to welcome *anyone* who wants to come over, and once again make it easy for them to become citizens.
I am wondering what happened to the old poem, the American immigrant’s hope:
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
We used to welcome sincere immigrants through Ellis Island. Why can’t we welcome them from across the Mexican border?