We must protect our borders.
Anything beginning with the word illegal should not be as tough as we have made it. Illegal means illegal, period. The federal government has the responsibility to protect our borders and enforce immigration policies that benefit the citizens of the United States. Secure the borders first and enforce existing immigration laws. We must stop illegal crossings at every border and we must stop turning a blind eye to to illegal alien employment. \ One of the primary responsibilities of the federal government is to protect the citizens of the United States. There should be NO amnesty for illegal immigrants. Justice demands that we do not give preferential treatment to someone who broke our laws over someone who has been waiting to legally immigrate to the United States. We should be a nation of legal immigrants and native-born Americans. We must also clarify the 14th Amendment to confirm that the children of illegal aliens are not given automatic citizenship.
Illegal immigration is both a compassion issue and an economic issue. If there are seasonal jobs American citizens are not taking on, there should be a legal way for people from other countries to fulfill those job needs in the short term, at a wage consistent with that earned by American workers. Illegal aliens cannot be treated like slaves in our country because they came here illegally. But we should not provide illegal aliens free health care and in-state tuition rates for college education; that only creates an incentive to come to the U.S. illegally. We cannot bail out every inefficient government in the world by taking on their economic refugees.
In short, the United States has a responsibility to enforce border security. Arizona and other border states should not be compelled to do the work of the federal government, but they have the right to protect themselves when the federal government fails to fulfill its responsibility.