This country has always welcomed immigrants - and it still does. An immigrant is someone from a foreign land that goes through the process of proper applications and testing to become a citizen of the United States. It takes a lot of work and effort to become legal if you were not born in this country, but it is wll worth it. As a matter of fact, if you were born here, chances are your great-great-great. . . parents immigrated here.
When you sneak here and don't go through the proper channels, you are an illegal alien. NOT an immigrant. The key word being illegal. The children of these illegal aliens are automatically citizens and they will be a generation unto themselves if we are not careful.
This amnesty bill is atrocious and will ultimately encourage foreigners to come here illegally. Why even have an immigration program? How about all the people that learned english, passed the exam and left their families on the wings of hope? How devastating for them, let alone citizens like you and me?
It is costing the government millions and millions of dollars to house, provide health care and feed these aliens. How about a one time fee for deportation? Then the government relieves itself of paying for this person and their families for years to come. Once one has been deported they would be banned from applying for immigration status for 10 years.
I don't have all the answers - but I know something has to be done.