I run into enough real people who are completely oblivious to what it takes to be a legal alien in the U.S.
I am told illegals are great for the economy because they pay all sorts of taxes, including payroll taxes.
What is the one thing you need to be able to pay, say, payroll taxes? You guessed right: A valid social security number, which, for an alien must be tied to an alien identification number that is authorized to work.
If you've just walked across the border, do you have such a thing?
Most likely, you don't. What do you do? You either buy one that "works" or work for employers who do not file an I-9 and also forget to submit payroll taxes for you. Either way, you are either part of an identity fraud scheme or a tax fraud scheme.
Apparently, requiring that people not engage in identity theft is a huge burden.
Many of the crimes committed by illegals may sound small. However, if a legal alien is caught or suspected of having engaged in such activity, s/he might not be able to become a citizen or be deported for not having "good moral character" which means not only do you have to pay your parking tickets on time, but you are not allowed to forget them in your adjustment of status application.
Most Americans, apparently including the compassionate duo Newt & Rick, seem never to have heard of Form I-693: How many illegals you meet on the street have ever had to be tested for syphilis as a condition of their residence in the U.S.?
In general.-Any alien who, in the opinion of the consular officer at the time of application for a visa, or in the opinion of the Attorney General at the time of application for admission or adjustment of status, is likely at any time to become a public charge is inadmissible.
Now ask: If you expect to be able to get subsidized college tuition for your child, are you not likely to become a public charge?
How many illegals have submitted Form I-134?
Just for the record, real enforcement does not mean rounding up millions of people and tossing them out.
You do not get caught every time you go three miles above the speed limit, or park too long at a meter.
It is impossible to catch everyone who is in violations of immigration regulations.
That, however, does not mean the law should not be enforced to the fullest extent against those whom you are able to catch, thereby reducing the incentive to flaunt the laws of the U.S. while getting getting free food on the American taxpayers' dime.
Pandering to people who came or stayed illegally in the U.S. is an affront to those of us who tried to comply with every regulation (believe me, there are many) at great economic and psychic cost.
It makes a mockery of the millions of people who would run here at the drop of a hat, work hard, not take welfare, and integrate.
Even if you are a cynical, pandering, lying politician, you should be for real immigration reform: The more people of all skill levels come to the U.S. freely and legally, the more they integrate, the smaller will the influence of one particular group who seems to have created a parallel society in the U.S. to the detriment of all other recent arrivals.
There is no practical or moral obligation to accommodate people whose very first act and many subsequent acts were to break U.S. law. Is it acceptable for a street vendor to set up shop in the middle of a traffic intersection just because he is trying to feed his family? If not, why is it acceptable for him to have walked across the border in violation of U.S. law in the first place?