My parents both came here from different countries, one to escape a conflict that severely affected their rights and opportunities and the other from a place where it was hard for her family to get ahead in life. They have now been contributing members to this society longer than they ever lived in their birth countries. Although they came here legally, they came at a time when it was easier to do so.
Today, it is almost impossible to come here unless you marry an American or have loads of money and don’t really need to be here to get ahead in the first place.
While I do not agree with people doing things against the law, the law needs changing.
While I do understand the fear among some Americans of immigrants being a burden on government benefit systems amid a shrinking budget, perhaps there is a way to ensure they contribute to the system for some time and become citizens before they can qualify to receive benefits and bring family or children here.