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.
In 1986, when there probably were 3 million to 5 million illegal immigrants, Americans accepted an amnesty because they were promised that border control would promptly follow. Today the 12 million illegal immigrants, 60 percent of whom have been here five or more years, are as numerous as Pennsylvanians; 44 states have populations smaller than 12 million. Deporting the 12 million would require police resources and methods from which the nation would rightly flinch. So, why not leave bad enough alone?
People are not annoyed because they are racist. They are annoyed because they are being invaded. The fact that this particular invasion is not lead by an army is irrelevant. Whole piece at WaPo here.
In my limited experience, "they" (there really is no monolithic "they", you do understand, right?) want to escape crushing poverty with no hope of it getting better, economically or politically to a place that offers them hope and a chance of their efforts paying off to make it better.
I'm not sure that "citizenship" as a matter of beauraucratic impedimentia is important to "them" (any more that it is to me, frankly) but as a philosophic and ethical issue I think "Citizenship" is at the heart of what "they" want.
Laurence F. Sheldon, Jr.