"I'm only against ILLEGAL immigration" is a code-phrase for "please don't call me a racist", "anti-immigrant" is a code-phrase for "you're a racist." Immigration policy is about race, everybody knows it, but nobody really wants to bring it out in the open.
My major issue with immigration is: we have far too many Mexicans who have no wish to become Americans. They'd rather reconstruct Mexico here, and I don't like it one bit.
Citizen>I'm against crimes like murder.I know of a world-famous physician who filed 1,000 applications to enter the US legally, and got selected in a lottery. What sense does it make to block someone as educated and motivated as he, while allowing others to enter without even a check of their background or any records of them? Maybe some people feel threatened by having top-notch immigrants to compete against, but that just shows that they don't realize foreign competition also affects wages.
jordan8>What if murder were suddenly declared legal (i.e., not a crime)? If it didn't silence the "I'm against murder" crowd, then they're racist.
"After all, what if Congress suddenly granted citizenship to all aliens now in the U.S. and declared that all who came here were entitled to stay, except perhaps known criminals and terrorists? Would that silence the "I'm only against ILLEGAL immigration crowd?" There would be no illegal immigrants, and the law would have been followed, so what objections could they raise, and why don't they raise them now?"
But the law would not have been followed. It would be a reward for law breakers.
"Legal or illegal is both just a technical numbers argument and a cop-out."
I don't believe that either. Legal immigrants respect our laws, which is evident by the difficult process they follow to become citizens.