This may all be true and probably is but, I still say we need to get an an inforcable immigration law in place (e-identification cards, penalties for emplyers who hire illegals, guest worker programs, etc). It’s what’s best for this country even if it doesn’t necessarily get immigrants on our side. The majority of Americans support this, too. We may need to give amnesty in return but, good g-d it’s time to get something real in place.
You have actually hit on the *WHY* so many conservatives are dead set against "comprehensive immigration reform". We *DID* 'give on amnesty' before, and got nothing but broken promises in return. We do not care to go down that same road again, for we are not, after all, fools.
Any promises given to us in exchange for giving in on amnesty will, just like the last time, be unfulfilled "hot air", and we know it. We are not "Charlie Brown" forever suckered into attempting to kick a football which is going to be pulled away...