I lived in this country for 8 years with a very legal and hard to get visa. Then, when I got my (legal) green card I lived as a legal resident. Finally I became a citizen, the legal way, in time to legally vote for Bush. And I say, let's kick those illegal @$$e$ back to their country of origin, and let's keep a record of their names because in my opinion they have forfeited their right to getting visas. At the very least, they should be last in line, behind every single legal applicant who has never broken the US law.
I am SO with you. I, like you, did everything right. I entered legally on a student visa, got a work permit, then a green card and applied for citizenship. I was denied because of a bureaucratic error. It had to do with a stamp on my passport. It was very faint, but the processor wouldn't let me lean across the table to show her. When I got the denial in the mail, I was so deeply saddened and cosidered contacting my Rep.. But I passionately despise Alcee Hastings, so I let it go. Well, now, I'm still in processing and would dearly love to become a citizen in time to vote this November, but I'm not holding my breath.
I think that we (legal immigrants) are the ones to be listened to in this 'debate'. Obviously, the politicians don't care about the opinions of Americans. They're pandering to the immigrants. So, we, the legal immigrants, ought to make a big stink. Too bad that so many of us are committed to good citizenry that we don't plan to be disruptive.
I love your idea about deporting them and putting them on a no-visa list. If you have any other good ones about how the legal immigrants can give Ted K. an earful, please let me know. We need to rally. We have to tell Teddy, "OK, you want to pander to immigrants, here we are. Do NOT denigrate me by lumping me in with illegal immigrants."