The headaches of immigration law
One of the most controversial issues facing the United States is the topic of immigration. Making the topic so difficult to discuss rationally is the complexity of the issue: Who deserves to get in? Who doesn't? What do we do with those who are here and undocumented? Should we say "undocumented" or "illegal"? What do we do with the parents of American children? Should citizenship be acquired merely by birth in the United States? As a whole, Americans are welcoming of those who wish to enter the United States for a better life. It's hard not to be when these same aspiring citizens are so optimistic about our nation. In a time of bleak financial uncertainty, riots, famine and turmoil, it's flattering to hear someone say nice things about our country. Still, there are exceptions to the welcoming attitude of our citizenry, largely against those that "broke the rules" and entered without documentation/inspection. But even within that group, distinctions can be made. In a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center several months ago, participants were asked how they would like the government to address illegal immigration. According to the poll: Forty-two percent believe the priority should be to tighten border security and more strictly enforce immigration laws, but at the same time also create a way for people here illegally to become citizens if they meet certain conditions. Somewhat fewer (35%) put priority only on better border security and stronger enforcement, while 21% say the priority should be to find a way for illegal immigrants to become citizens.