"No one favors illegal immigration. But there are upwards of 12 million people
illegally in this country — people who work, who have settled their families and
who have raised their children here. For 20 years our country has done basically
nothing to enforce the 1986 legislation against either the employers who hired
illegal immigrants or those who crossed our borders illegally to work for them.
Accordingly, our current system is, effectively, silent amnesty."
I think this is very true. I would add that often the worst thing that can happen is not a law being strictly and consistently enforced, but a law that is sporadically and inconsistently enforced. Right now we are doing much more inconsistent and sporadic enforcement than not it seems.