But that is too hard for our elected representatives. They want to give legal status to every illegal on 24 hours notice. Forget about citizenship. The big prize is legal status. With legal status you can enjoy almost all the privileges of a US citizen. Heck, in Democratic states with motor-voter laws, you can even vote.

My question is why not enforce the existing laws? Michelle Malkin answers my question:

That’s right. A key feature of this “immigration reform” bill includes repealing old laws meant to discourage illegal immigration–and then absolving all the states and the beneficiaries that thumbed their nose at the federal law.

Thomas Sowell is one of the wisest columnists on the subject of immigration:

The argument that illegal agricultural workers are “making a contribution to the economy” is likewise misleading.

For well over half a century, this country has had chronic agricultural surpluses which have cost the taxpayers billions of dollars a year to buy, store, and try to get rid of on the world market at money-losing prices.

If there were fewer agricultural workers and smaller agricultural surpluses, the taxpayers would save money.

What about illegal immigrants working outside of agriculture? They are a great bargain for their employers, because they are usually hard-working people who accept low pay and don’t cause any trouble on the job.

But they are no bargain for the taxpayers who cover their medical bills, the education of their children and the costs of imprisoning those who commit a disproportionate share of crime.

Understanding economics, as Sowell does, would bring sanity to the immigration debate. Unfortunately, congress critters are almost always economics morons.