We, us ordinary folks, in this country have a lot of responsibility for reaching this point. We've ignored the laws for convenience. We've benefited from cheaper labor in many cases while we looked the other way as to what was legal-- even refusing to use the word illegal as though it was a bad word.
So you didn't directly profit from those here without the legal right to be here? How about the groceries that you worry will cost more if immigration is enforced? How about that gardening firm, where you pay the contractor and don't worry about who they hire? Same with construction or in hotels and restaurants?
When we look the other way regarding one law is it surprising others think it's okay to ignore other laws? Moral slippery ground is when you claim compassion but in reality are profiting from what you're doing. Worse, now, you worry the cost will come due for you and not just those you allowed to be here and work for less-- for virtually slave labor in the sense they had no right to complain about wages or conditions for fear of deportation.
I saw Krugman laying the fear on again but didn't read his column. It pretty much all says the same thing-- don't do anything about this or it will ruin the economy not to mention your vacation/garden/remodeling/grocery shopping. The selfishness would be more tolerable if it wasn't couched in such righteous tones.
So what now? Well DACA is the easiest since the parents did wrong to bring their children here but the children didn't even know it was happening. Make Congress do what is right and provide a path to a legal green card and eventually citizenship. This is Congress' job but then Obama knew that when he took the high ground that wasn't actually high and did it himself against the Constitution. That man has a lot to account for, not that the left will admit it yet. He started a process that he had no right to do and knew it would have to be eventually covered. That is so typically liberal and that word has ceased being one I admire. If being liberal means promising what you have no right to promise, then it's no wonder liberals went to calling themselves progressives-- not sure what that means. (And don't get me started on conservatives who don't really know the meaning of that word or so it appears).
If the left would agree to enforcing working with a "verify card" and stop the border crossing by not making it possible to work here under the table, the right would *fingers crossed* do what is right and have a path to citizenship for those who have lived and worked here for years. We profited from that cheap labor-- except, we didn't all profit. The low income workers have been hurt by it for years as when you can get a person to indenture themselves to get a job, why would wages go up?
I used to think a border wall was silly but it would at least slow down the traffic. Better would be solid restrictions on cards that only allow hiring those here on work permits or citizens. If a company is fooled by phony cards, as soon as they find out, they would have to let the person go-- or pay a legal penalty. Enforcing the work place would stop the reason to come. Mexico has such restrictions-- why don't we? I can tell you why-- because we've profited from the existing situation.
To me, to wink when a law is broken means you are heading to being a lawless place-- and we can see that all over the place where it's happening.
Finally, legal immigration should be centered on who we need here. I'd say right now that means skilled farm workers. Why should we not make it a priority to get workers our country needs? I know the answer from the left-- gobbledygook with a lot of words that make no sense and no plan to fix anything short of no borders at all (I guess they feel they are above the level to be impacted by that).
The other thing we need are those who want to be Americans. If we end up with those, who only want to change us into the country from which they came, we are not talking immigration but invasion. It's not wrong to want those who want to be Americans with our Constitution and set of laws, is it? In the past, those who came from other places wanted to be Americans and it's why they came. Is that still true today? If so, then no problem with learning our language and rules.
I am angry that we are at this place again. When Reagan enacted a path to citizenship, the deal was the border would be protected. Did not happen and here we are now with more wanting to work here and us winking and nodding as we profit from it. We are profiting from an illegal system that has a karma attached. Our wages have been suppressed and worse, we've taught our children laws don't have consequences.