With over 10 million undocumented immigrants in the US (as of 2009), the issue of illegal immigration is unsustainable and must be addressed. Let's not make the amnesty mistake again! The correct terminology for the nearly 20 million persons illegally in the U.S. is illegal aliens,the term illegal alien, being broader in scope, is the accurate term to use. In that immigrant connotes legality, the term illegal immigrant is really an oxymoron.
"I'm pleased that you all are here to witness the signature of the Secure Fence Act of 2006... This bill will make our borders more secure. It is an important step toward immigration reform... The bill authorizes the construction of hundreds of miles of additional fencing along our southern border...We're modernizing the southern border of the United States so we can assure the American people we're doing our job of securing the border. By making wise use of physical barriers and deploying 21st century technology we're helping our Border Patrol agents do their job."
- Step one - We need to focus heavily enforcement on areas where border crossing actually happen and monitor the entire border with a sufficient force of Border Patrol agents and troops. Allow the illegal aliens currently in the country to get work visas but not citizenship as that would be unfair to all the law abiding immigrants waiting.
- Step two - let the illegal aliens get in line with rest of the prospective immigrants waiting to get in this country. Raise the immigration levels as we concurrently enforce our existing laws at the same time. This is a simple, logical, fair and balanced approach.