People like me oppose granting amnesty to illegals for the same reasons that the people of the U.S. rose up twice during George W. Bush’s presidency and defeated two congressional efforts to create amnesty and a path to citizenship for an estimated 12 to 20 million illegal aliens.
We think it is simply wrong to reward illegal conduct by those who crossed the borders without permission or overstayed their visas. If more permanent immigrants are needed — I think we need more — they should come from those waiting in line or willing to join the existing line. Our immigration quotas should be increased, doubled or tripled if necessary. We now take in 750,000 permanent immigrants and 250,000 asylees annually. On the other hand, I do not believe in open borders. Mexico doesn’t have them, evidenced by the following exchange between CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and President Calderon: