It's not the people who are "illegal"--it's their lack of proper immigration status (i.e., tourist, resident alien, or what I am going to call "citizen candidate") that is illegal.
Sorry, I am all for immigration and free movement, but fuck you if you aren't going to live by the rules. You took your chances, you live with the consequences.
Some illegals pay people smugglers as much if not way more than they would pay a good immigration lawyer. Really fuck them. And I say that for a lot of reasons. The people smugglers are serious criminals.
There are more than enough people out there who are willing to follow the rules, no matter how difficult, to immigrate that I don't have a lot of sympathy for people who want to bypass the system. As I said above, You took your chances, you live with the consequences.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) doesn't grant any real immigration status, it just defers the deportation status. These people could be, and now are, being threatened with, or possibly, deported.
The worst part about DACA is that children are being used as pawn in the debate. One trick in propaganda is to use emotions. And what tugs on your heartstrings more than some poor little kiddie whose parents brought him to another country in violation of the law, but has somehow assimilated enough so that returning to their native land would be a "hardship".
They have gone on to:
"Did you know this about DACA recipients: 95% are working, in college or have joined our military, 48% got a job with better working conditions, 90% got a driver’s license or state ID and 12% were even able to buy a first home.""Joined our military"--that sends bells ringing in my head since the US Military is SUPPOSED to check immigration status--and DACA recipients AREN'T US CITIZENS, they aren't even on a path to citizenship!
I know of at least one case where a woman "self-deported" because she couldn't get federal college funds.
Something stinks about all the pro-DACA reporting, but I can't really put my finger on it. I think Breitbart did, but unfortunately they are considered unreliable. I would need some sort of unbiased verification of that story to really cite to it. My personal inclination is to think Breitbart is onto something.
The problem is that this seems to be a big smoke screen to me for a lot of other things related to immigration policy. The usual hard questions where the debate is being done in the dark because people are being lied to.
Open Borders: Human Smuggling Fees.
DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) - Immigration Equality
Raised in America, now back in Mexico: 'The country I loved kicked me out'
Billionaires Petition for Cheaper Workers, DACA Amnesty - Breitbart