During the Republican debate last evening (22 Nov) the issue arose of what to do with people who entered our country illegally many years ago, but who have lived here, paid taxes and raised their families here. Gingrich favored finding some way for those people to gain legal status–not citizenship. Others opposed it. There are valid arguments on both sides of the issue. Not discussed was the fact that illegals have been crossing our borders for generations because we welcome them; we want cheap labor to, for example, harvest our crops. We don’t want to pay $5 a head for lettuce–which is what it would cost if we paid Americans to harvest it. We want and have wanted the illegals to work for less and be happy with a low wage–which they (for the most part) are. So, if my family has been doing this for generations because you welcomed us, why am I now suddenly evil. This is a problem of our own making, and we must treat these workers with the respect due human beings.
However, the first issue is sealing our borders. We must do that and do it well. Without secure borders no other aspect of dealing with illegals makes any sense. We must secure our borders because the Islamic terrorists hate us and are crossing into our nation. Then we should find a humane way of dealing with illegals who are already here. This will be sticky, because everyone will want an exception, but we must make a policy, draw some lines, and enforce it. But, first we must seal our borders.