You gotta love this drivel from a Daily News columnist:
Last year, about 500,000 immigrants entered the country - less than half the 1.8 million the year before, according to the Census Bureau. That, along with the fact that thousands of immigrants are returning to their countries on their own, is shrinking the foreign-born population in the U.S.
"There are no jobs, no chance to become legal; they treat us worse than criminals," said Efrén Ramos, a 22-year-old construction worker who lives in Jackson Heights. "What am I doing here?"
Yes, what are you doing here? You just admitted you're an illegal alien and therefore are a criminal. We're supposed to feel sorry for you?
In other words, the nation's sharp economic downturn and lack of available jobs, coupled with the human rights crisis provoked by the administration's enforcement-only immigration policy (for lack of a better word), have made migrating to the U.S. a less plausible road. The beacon of a generous America where success can be achieved by working hard and believing in the future has dimmed considerably.
So, enforcing our laws is considered bad? Which other laws would you like us to ignore?
The beacon of a generous America continues to shine brightly for those who come here legally.