I work on a military base that is along the US southern border. There are three gates. I use the middle one since it takes me straight to my work. That, and the lines are typically shorter.
Today, as I was going home for lunch I noticed that the guard shelter had a large number of illegals lined up and sitting on the pavement. I estimate there were at least 15 to 20 of them. Nice catch. But... why were they ON A US MILITARY BASE?!!
I have to show a photo ID every time I go through the gate. The illegals are marching, mostly with impunity, across a US military reservation. Think about that for a moment. Foreign nationals of unknown origin, unknown intent, unknown background, and undocumented (no id and illegally entered the US), are walking across a US military base. I am expected to show an ID because I went through a gate. There are also barriers to prevent cars from making a run-for-it.
I guess I should have walked.
There is an argument that "they are only looking for jobs. Stuff US citizens won't do."
Wrong. They ARE doing jobs US citizens will do. I went to Utah to visit family last January. On the way there, while in Utah, I passed a larger sized billboard written in Spanish. It was looking for carpenters. (I can read a little Spanish). So, I ask you, who are they catering to in a state that has a VERY large anglo population (relatively speaking)?
Carpentry? That is a job that US citizens won't do anymore? Really?
When I graduated high-school, I went to work for a local vet and shoveled manure and cleaned animal cages for free for a month until they decided to pay me minimum wage.
Still think that US citizens don't want work, even yucky work? You do?
You are wrong. People will work but they know that they won't receive a fair wage. They are also locked out of jobs since employers will discriminate in favor of the lowest wage they can get away with paying. That means US citizens are unlikely to get the job. It will go to a criminal of foreign nationality.
ARGUMENT: They are just trying to make their lives and that of their families in (their country) better.
ANSWER: So are the LEGAL immigrants that cannot now get a job. So are the US citizens that cannot now get a job due to the employ of illegal workers.
ARGUMENT: You can't send them home, you'll break up their family!
ANSWER: Yes. Unfortunately that is true. There are some cases where the family will be broken up if the illegal immigrant is sent back to their country of origin. But that is also true of the single mother with three kids that has a number of long unpaid parking tickets. She'll go to jail. Her family will be broken. Tragic. They are both criminals. They both should be punished in a just manner. Maybe, just maybe, the single struggling mom would have had a better job with better pay if some illegal immigrant hadn't stolen her dream of prosperity.
ARGUMENT: They are just looking for a job.
ANSWER: Some are. Did you know that in 2003 there were over 150,000 pounds of illegal drugs seized? The best guess is that is only 15% of the catch. And those numbers are from the Tucson sector alone (Tucson sector consists of eight border patrol stations).
ARGUMENT: Requiring proof of identification and citizenship during elections is discriminatory.
ANSWER: How? It is illegal to vote in an election more than once. It is illegal for non-citizens to vote in a US election. Requiring ID ensures that the election is fair and the laws of the United States are followed.
What can be done? Stop pandering to illegal immigrants.
Rewrite the law stating that citizenship can be obtained merely by being born here. Write it so that citizenship by birth is only for those born by citizens. It might even be further extended by giving an OPTION of citizenship to those that are here legally, have been here for sufficient time, and have been following the immigration laws of the United States.
If the illegals want to work, fine. Prison labor has contributed much to this country. Put them in jail for a year or two doing labor, then send them home.
Stop hiring illegals.
Illegals are committing a crime by the fact that they are here, well, illegally. Those that know about, harbor, aid (other than lifesaving), or otherwise assist an illegal immigrant are guilty of complicity in a crime. Lock them up, too. If you know a crime is being committed, it should be reported to the proper authorities.