We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
What do we get? Higher taxes to pay for all the free stuff for the new "citizens". Fewer jobs for our kids and at lower wages. A continuation of the Chicago style politics where the right politicians steal elections then steal from the treasury while destroying anyone/any group not supporting them. And of course a wedge driven between different groups to help the politicians divide and conquer. What could go wrong?
Amnestying illegals tidies up the mess we created in the first place by enacting immigration regs which fail to meet our actual needs and desires. Immigration gets us cheap labor and a higher standard of living.
The problem was caused by the last amnesty which didn't tidy up the mess either. It encouraged more people to cross the border illegally for "free stuff". Now we have 11 million or 20 million (no one seems to know) illegals lined up getting handouts from the taxpayers and you think our living standard has improved??
The way to tidy up this mess is take the 50,000 plus TSA workers out of the genital fondling business and use them to target illegals in the cites. Imagine sending a half dozen TSA agensts to every restuarant in San Francisco at 6pm and check every workers ID. Half the people working in that business are illegals and not just from Mexico. Then do the same thing in L.A., then Houston, then newyork, etc. Fine every business for employing illegals and deport illegals within 24 hours. THAT will give the citizens a higher standard of living.
Immigration (except for East Asian exclusions) was essentially unregulated before 1905. This country has always needed cheap labor. You want runaway inflation? Just try enforcing immigration laws and get rid of immigrant labor. You'll be paying $10 for a tomato if you want an American to pick it. Arrest the illegal alien busboys and dishwashers, and an ordinary restaurant meal will become unaffordable.
$10 for a tomato or $50,000 a year for a jail cell. Illegal aliens kill about 3000 of our people every year. They rob, rape, molest, sell drugs, drive drunk, and threaten citizens lives and property at rates far greater then our home grown criminals. We do not need more poor people or uneducated workers. There is ONLY one reason this is even an issue and that is because if given amnesty they will vote for Democrats. This has nothing to do whit what American needs. We have a real unemployment rate between 16% and 20% and if we really decided to deport illegals and did nothing else that unemployment rate would go down. 1/3rd of California's state budget is spent on illegal aliens.
If non-citizen workers are needed to harvest crops then a couple of simple rules will protect the citizens: 1. No more then 6 months in country then they must return to their home country for at least 6 months. 2. No family members only workers. 3. No pregnant women. 4. The farmers must pay at least minimum wage PLUS a tax to the state and county to cover all costs the citizens incur from having these workers in our country. (Don't know how much this is but start of at $10 an hour for each worker until the real amount is known.) Everyone coming in gets fingerprinted and DNA taken and must be identified and verified when they leave the country.