I am in favor of comprehensive immigration reform. It was too bad that our congress voted down the reform bill that came before them a few years back. Here are some reasons.:
1. We are a nation of immigrants, and that has been one of our greatest strengths. We are not weakened by immigration itself.
2. There are way too many illegal aliens in our country at this point in time. Those who want to stay here to work in honest endeavors should be given a way to do that legally.
3. We need more workers. I am not convinced that illegals do the work that Americans are not willing to do because I see Americans of all kinds of jobs. The problem is that there are not enough workers.
4. If we are going to continue to not only have legalized abortion, but also a climate that favors abortion over live births, then we need to get people from somewhere. Our present policies are not only immoral, but also insane from a human resources point of view.
5. We have an aging population. Most of us cannot expect to draw on the social security that we have been paying into, given the fact that our federal government has shown no interest in modifying the giant Ponsiesqe scheme that they call Social Security. We need younger workers, and there are not enough young Americans at this point in time. The Social Security system is on the verge of collapse.
Some of my reasons may sound kind of cold, but why not allow people into our country who wish to study or work? The immigrants that I have met lately - all of them here legally, BTW - are happy to be here, believing that this country is the best place in the world to be. Why wouldn't we want more people like them living among us? It is uplifting to meet upbeat, happy immigrants.
Yes, they miss their homelands, but are also happy for the opportunities to work and to get an education that they have here.