As a progressive-conservative liberal-socialist, I get it.
Illegal immigration sucks.
Countries nearest America are experiencing a mass exodus of citizens who leap over fire, bridges, barbed-wire and alligator moats to get here. No slow filter, no introductions, no comfort for the metathesiophobe. Even more irritating is the fact that same individuals who come here illegally stage protests to stay, but never protested in the countries from whence they ran. There hasn’t been one “Mexican Spring” for the posterity of Mexico. There are also more than a few who receive state benefits that are supposed to be set aside as a safety net for citizens.
It’s been said that America has had a faulty immigration and border control system for awhile now. The cracks were most evident in parts of the country where migrant workers had been favored for many of America’s less than glamorous jobs — the positions that were typically relegated to the marginalized poor, a group the country was used to ignoring. It wasn’t until the US’s proverbial well started to run dry did the jobs issue become pressing. Like the Sneetches of lore, our failing economy began sorting the middle-class into piles on either end of the socioeconomic spectrum; inflating the group in need of those “last resort” gigs.