mocktwinkie saidTime doesn't make it less illegal so trying to pretend that this somehow has to do with compassion or cruelty now because "it happened a long time ago" is what is truly nonsensical.
Oh yes, the compassion and cruelty point is soooo invalid.
Let's treat them as sub-humans. Let's break up families. Let's send people back to their poor, third world, crime-ridden villages so they can raise their kids there instead of here. And let's tell all the single, hard-working individuals who want to work and go to school but can't because they need at least a green card but current immigration laws make it impossible for them to do that. Let's just tell them to get lost.
I don't know what side of the political fence you're on, mocktwinkie, but if you're a Right-winger like I am, it's people like you who give us a bad name.
You act as if innocent people are being punished for something if they are not
allowed citizenship. They knew very well what they were doing when they broke the law to begin with. Do you honestly think illegal immigrants in Mexico are treated with the same absurd amount of compassion? Your reasoning seriously appeals to emotions, but the implications of it creates utter chaos. Similar to your line of thinking I could easily paint a scenario where anyone who objects to the entire third world from immigrating to the first world as "cruel" because opponents of such an idea OBVIOUSLY don't want poor disadvantaged and struggling individuals who come from a bad economic situation to get a chance at enjoying and making a better life. What about all the people who are still in third world countries where the illegals left to begin with? Are we going to let them "get lost" too? What kind of cruel heartless person would suggest that we don't let them all in!! Are we going to let all of the rest of them raise their children in crime-ridden villages?
Seriously, can't you see how truly ridiculous you sound? What makes the immigrants who came here and broke the law any more deserving than the ones still trapped in their countries?
You don't think on a humanistic level I feel bad for these people? Of course I do. If I was one of them I'd probably do the same thing. There are no easy solutions. What are we going to do, fool ourselves into believing that we can give everyone in this world a promise of prosperity?
Your rationale doesn't really endure a viable outcome. Let's turn the first world into the third world by letting all of the third world in so we can all enjoy the same rut together and nobody has to feel bad that they have the "better life" except for a few families running the country?
If you give amnesty to the illegals who have been here for a while you would have to come up with some sort of time criteria, then after you do that there are going to be millions more who "almost qualify", then what are you going to do with them? The others will scream "unfair, I almost qualify!" Then if you lower the standard again and make it easier for the next category then it just goes on and on and the entire immigration system has been transformed into a travesty. Giving amnesty in any way shape or form would make a complete mockery out of our immigration system and prove to the world that it pays off if you break the law, you just have to try to get away with it for long enough.
With my proposal, illegals are neither punished nor rewarded, they are just permanently second class citizens. In fact, it's more rewarding than it is punishing because they can at least find whatever work someone is willing to give them.