I have a question, and then a statistic. How on earth does one tell that someone of obvious ethnic descent is a.) illegal, b.) legal, c.) not born here to two ethnic parents and isn't a citizen??
Welfare: The general statement that illegals all come here and get on welfare is a bit of a generalization. It doesn't mean that it doesn't happen, but I think it's a bit over the top to state that *all illegals come here and get welfare*. I would say you probably can't even say *most*. This was done last year. http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/...rm-cover_x.htm
Basically the breakdown was 1.9 million families receiving cash benefits. Of that 1.9 million: 38% are black; 33% are white; and 24% are hispanic. That's 456,000 hispanic families receiving welfare cash benefits (that last number I did on my own, using the numbers from the statistics..so hopefully my math is correct).
Each year approximately 1.3 million new immigrants enter the U.S. Some 700,000 of these entrants are illegal. So if there's a total of 456,000 hispanic families receiving welfare overall from prior years, and we have 700,000 new illegals per year.. I think that we're probably generalizing a whole lot to say they all come here and get welfare.
A lot do come here and get false social security numbers, or rather, existing numbers tailored for them to use to work, or what have you. That does not, however, mean they are not paying taxes. Actually, while it's got its own set of issues, that means they are paying taxes, and not getting any refunds on them, so the tax system is making more money on them.
I don't see any reason why immigrants can't come here, but the government needs to make it more accessible to those who want to come. $200 filing fee in a country where the poor families may have an income of $50 but is more likely to be $15 or $20 a week is damned near impossible to even conceptualize. No one here would do it either, on that amount of money, especially when you're attempting to support a family on it.
There are a number of things that need to be fixed. Immigration policies as a whole need to be fixed and made into a working entity, and then companies who exploit immigrants, legal or illegal need to be targetted.
It has to be a pretty desperate person that would come here illegally. You live in fear every single day of being caught. You face the condescending and holier-than-thou attitudes of the American citizens. You're living in a country where you can't understand the language, and you don't have the means to learn it, or to pay for classes, and you can't even read or write your native language let alone attempting to learn a second one. They're willing to live 15 people in a house, one on top of another, because they can't afford other housing, because even though they're working three jobs, 7 days a week, 20 hours a day... they just can't afford it because American companies take advantage of them (but that's still better than what their home country offers so they put up with it). Can you imagine having to live with that many people in the same house???? I don't even get along well enough with my sister half the time to live in our four bedroom. It's a pretty desperate person that would face all of that strife and disdain and put themselves in such an uncomfortable situation *just* to be in this country. Their native countries have to be pretty bad to suffer through this type of life.
Just another point, unless one of us is 100% native american, there's not a single one of us that didn't descend from immigrant roots. Guess it's a darned good thing we didn't have all these immigration laws when our ancestors came here, isn't it. I'm fairly certain that the Native Americans were less than fond of us coming here too, with good reason because look where it got them. Maybe you all are right..
Anyway..the things that either side sees/has issues with, could be fixed with a working immigration system.