The idea seems to be getting a lot of play time again, so figured I'd see what the general thoughts on it are.
12 million possible illegals in this country, rounding them up and deporting all of them is going to be a near impossible task, that would probably cost us much more then we could honestly afford. So generally, I am against the idea of just booting everyone out. I think it would be a futile effort.
So, my suggestion is we offer amnesty on conditions. 1. No criminal record while having been within the US (asides from that initial border crossing). 2. A fee is paid for breaking that one law. Maybe $500 or so. 3. Steps taken by legal immigrants who gain citizenship are taken. Take that test, fill out the paperwork, etc... 4. After a short period proof of employment. No welfare junkies.
Basically, the ones who want to become American's stay. The ones who want to contribute to OUR society. Those who don't get a one way ticket out of here.
So what else?