“The reality is that the people are here. They have families and friends and homes (in areas you wouldn’t live in)and they contribute to the community and its economy. They are here. Just make them legal. Make their employers pay them a minimum wage and let whoever wants to come, come (so long as they pass a criminal background check). We did it for the Irish. For the Germans, For the Jews, for the Italians, but now we won’t do it for the Mexicans?”I’m gonna pick on you for a moment on your last paragraph. Yes, they are here. Yes, they have families, friends, and homes. Their contribution to the total community and economy is questionable, because we know we aren’t collecting income taxes from them, and we know they are receiving state and federal benefits without paying in. I’m all for paying legal workers minimum wage. But they aren’t legal (i.e. they are committing a crime just for being here, because they broke our federal laws regarding entrance to our country). They shouldn’t be here at all. Yes, the employers should be punished (severely) for employing illegal immigrants. But the illegal immigrants should be punished as well for braking our sovereign nation’s laws and crossing our border illegally. This isn’t about Mexicans. This is about the rule of law. We are a land of laws. And they somehow feel those laws don’t apply to them? How is that fair to those who did follow those laws to come here legally?You say “passing background checks.” How would you possibly perform that on someone who is here illegally? Are you going to get records from Mexico, a borderline third-world country? I highly doubt their criminal database is as comprehensive, modernized, or up-to-date as ours is. So you’re only going off what they tell you. That’s to be trusted, because I’m certain they aren’t going to lie (right). You can’t compare this to the immigrants of yore from Ireland, Germany, Poland, etc. Why? Because our ancestors were either forced here (original immigrants or slave trade) or came here through Ellis Island and were documented accordingly. All those immigrants followed the law. So they aren’t comparable, because Mexicans are breaking the law by coming here illegally. I give a LOT of credit to the Mexicans that came here legally, because they took the proper and just route of coming here. They didn’t try to cheat the system, like the illegals are doing now. So how do you explain to those who came here through the proper channels why it’s okay for those who cheated the system and broke the law to be here and be treated the same as them? How do you rationalize to all those people who have been nationalized, and now illegals are given the same benefit with none of the hard work? It’s morally bankrupt and is a slap in the face to those who came through the proper channels to live the American Dream.