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.
I am in favor of controlled immigration with the caveat that we cannot afford open borders and a welfare state.
The border must be secured first of all to protect our citizens who live along it. I would then allow anyone to apply for immigrant status who can pass a health and background test. I would make a stipulation of immigrant status that the people receiving such sign a contract stating that they will accept deportation if they commit certain felonies or vote illegally and that they will not be eligible for means tested government benefits. N.B,. public education and unemployment benefits are not means tested while food stamps are. It would be up to the immigrant community to take care of their own who fall on hard times.
In a real sense, this was the system in place during the age of European immigration.
The author poses only one unreasonable predicate. But, it's a big one. Americans should NOT expect their government to act in their best interests. The government can and should be expected to act against the interests of American citizens. But, that is only because it's actions are mainly destructive to the point of rendering citizenship a serious liability. I think most Americans know this. The author is still dreaming.
The cost of illegal immigration and welfare is enormous, it will bankrupt cities and states and arguably has already bankrupted the federal government. It is the single biggest factor driving our economic collapse. There will be some point where it will be impossible to recover or go back to "better" times. More crime, more disease, fewer jobs and a crumbling, disappearing middle class. It is a recipe for disaster and it is likely that most politicians and special interests who are pushing this know these facts. So the question is; why?