The truly sad thing about this issue is that it can be handled in a compassionate way without giving away the farm. And if President Bush had focused on border and immigration security while 9-11 was still in the rear view mirror, he could have achieved miracles.
Just as was the case in Iraq, nothing can be accomplished until security is established. While security is being established, a sensible system to handle immigrants can be created. Once we have control of our borders, then we can reform our immigration laws.
But security comes first.