To those out there who are of the anti-immigrant mindset legal or illegal I say to you that you are Un-American my proof is simple. On the statue of liberty there is a poem.
The New Colossus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
She's not saying send these the highly educated, high earning potential, whose papers are in order, from just the right countries. All our ancestors (unless we are black or Native American) were immigrants. To say that we dont have room or resources or jobs for them typifies the "I've got mine" mentality that pervades our culture. Make them legal and pay them what they are worth. End of debate.