| | No person is illegal
First let me note that most of the people in this country are immigrants except Native Americans and African-Americans who came to this country through the slave trade.
This whole elitist mentality pertaining the rights of being a citizen is ridiculous. They are HUMAN and should be given rights as such. EVERY human being should be allowed to go wherever they please. EVERY human being should be able to get free medical care, education, and a place to live. Obviously this isn't the case and cannot be sustained in a society with a gap between those who work with their minds and those who work with their hands. Those separations, in end, need to be abolished. It's not that immigrants can't work with their minds, they just aren't given the chance to when working the hardest in this country.
And before we pretend to be a "humanitarian" country, let's look at why they're here. With globalization programs like NAFTA and CAFTA, many Latin Americans are losing their jobs in their own countries. This is because the US and other imperialist countries are going into Mexico, Central America, etc. and taking over the economy--much of which is agriculture. So many people are forced to come here because the jobs in their area have been taken.
A few months ago, I went to an immigrant community a few hours outside of where I live. They were mostly Mexican immigrants who had lost their jobs in Mexico, where they worked in farms: coffee, strawberry farms, etc. because American companies were taking a lot of the land. Now they're here and have worse living conditions and work longer days...but they have to be here because this is the country that is taking their jobs.
And they're not taking over our economy. They're working the jobs that most Americans refuse to take. And YES our culture is changing. But is that a bad thing? What is this culture anyway? An individualist culture that thrives on consumerism and xenophobia. And it's not through colonialism, like the way this place changed with the first wave of immigrants, ie: the people making these horrible, racist laws.