"If you break the Law, you are a criminal. You shouldn't get to go to the head of the line, when some people did the right thing and waited their turn."
Let us begin by admitting that America, today, is still the biggest most opportunistic market place in the world. If you are hungry and eager to work, you can find a job here. The more talented you are the more money you can make. America is like a Super Wal-mart with only a single-lane driveway for customers to get in and out, with 'illegal customers' making their own way in using 4X4's, and creating their own roads into the marketplace.
Our 'legal' immigration offices are that single-lane driveway. It is simply not designed to handle the flow of present immigration demands being placed upon it by the current influx of people. Lady Liberty herself has opened her arms to the masses of the world:
The problem is that those charged with filing the paperwork, are way way behind, so much so that people simply aren't willing to wait any longer...
And for the 'crime' of wanting to work to feed and provide for themselves and their families, Conservatives want the "illegal immigrants" punished. Since some 'waited their turn', I guess it's only fair that those who didn't, be forced to pay a fine of some sort, not unlike a speeding ticket. But after that we should fast track them into full citizenship.
What we need is an immigration super-highway. We are losing tax revenue by our inability to process those who flow through our system, and we are turning the very people Lady Liberty invited here, into criminals.
I do not understand why these lawbreakers can't suffer a meaningful penalty, but then be offered amnesty and be made citizens. The system and its budget are only hurt by having undocumented or 'illegal' workers here, because they aren't paying their fair share of taxes, and they are still utilizing our roads and services.
We can fix immigration by raising the ability for immigration offices to handle the demands being placed upon it.