I think the marketing of America selling them the wrong idea about "Come to America, land of wealth and freedom and beer and naked women and juicy hamburgers" is what lures some people to this Country. I also know the reality is that the people attracted by those marketing ploys are the ones who don't necessarily have any opportunities where they live now. They see neon lights and fast cars, not 12 hour shifts at Mickey D's and living 20 people to a two bedroom single-wide trailer.
The legitimate immigrants: people who fear for their lives from religious, political or social persecution - they come here legally. They get in line, they fill out mounds of paperwork, they FINALLY arrive here (sometimes after years of living in fear for themselves and their families), they go to work at a job that was found for them BEFORE they got permission to come here, get a home and become responsible citizens.
Do we have problems with drunk driving Americans/Jews/African-Americans? YES. But as O'Reilly said (and I find it hard to back him up sometimes, I really do) "This man broke the law 4 times before. He never should have been on the streets of America."
And I agree with you, Bruce. Enforce the laws we have. Usually local and state police are the first to encounter illegals, they need to have the training, the resources AND the authority to detain them on behalf of the Federal statutes. In NC, we have 2
INS agents for the western half of the state. That's over 2 million people, not counting the illegals that are estimated at nearly 300,000! Those 2 people can't possibly be expected to handle all the illegals. I know a local city police officer who says they are taught not to ask immigration status, because even if they are illegal, all that will happen is they'll be let go because there is no one to process them.