Great Van Susteran has a very simple idea ...
1) SEAL the border. It IS affordable if we cut out waste in a lot of other places. (How much border security could be purchased for the price of a $60 million African vacation; or $50 million of IRS conference expenditures?)
2) Give all present illegals a "special" green card, but on which will NOT lead to citizenship. They can get citizenship if they get in line for legal immigration (i.e. they must go home first, then get in line). So, they can stay here and work, pay taxes, but no hope of citizenship unless they go home first. This is not amnesty since none of these illegals will get citizenship unless they do it by the legal system already in place. Present over-stayed visas are included here.
3) Over-stayed visas:No need for a lot of "special" stuff, except for the cost of truly sealing the border and issuing the "special" green cards (just change the color?)if after the point of enactment of this law someone comes to the USA on a legal visa and overstays, if that person gets caught (he or she won’t have a green card), there will be deportation back to the home country and no USA visas will be granted that person for a period of time (5 years?) There are already in existence laws to punish employers who hire people illegally in this country – enforce those laws and perhaps increase the penalty.
This is SO simple, and so much less costly than anything Congress has come up with ... the one sticking point with Congress, of course, is that these 11 million will never be able to vote (unless they go home and enter legally). Greta's answer to that:If Romney only got 30% of the Hispanic vote, is that 30% the legal immigrant citizens & their children? Are the 70% that Obama got the result of "anchor babies" now voting & those who have friends & family here now as illegals? If so, who should we be listening to? We always talk about protecting "the minority" ... in this case the minority is quite possibly being ignored and hammered for being law-abiding. How does that promote the rule of law?The green card solution simple and fair – it does not allow someone who has violated our law to ‘jump the line’ or unjustly annoy those who HAVE followed the legal path to citizenship. The person illegally in our country under my proposal is already getting rewarded with a green card and security from deportation – that should be enough. Their children born here will be citizens. The foregoing should be enough for those here illegally and who are good neighbors to each of us and it is generous.