Are We Targeting the Right Illegal Immigrants?

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A recent article in the Wall Street Journal talked about the crackdown by federal and local authorities on illegal immigrants. A number of these illegal immigrants have been in the country for years and are now part of communities with young (legal) children. They are doing well economically and tend to run their own small businesses, hiring locals (90%+ of business in America are “small’ business which have less than 10 employees). So my question is – are these the illegal immigrants, who have become productive members of society, who pay taxes, own homes and contribute to the economy, the ones we want to target?

Being a legal immigrant myself, I have mixed views about this. On one hand I have seen how long the immigration process can be and I know a number of people who have tried to come or stay here legally and have failed. So is it fair that illegal immigrants come here and get to reap the economic benefits and eventually get legal status this way? However, I also realize a number of people come here illegally to flee persecution at the hands of governments and dictators in their own countries and no other option but to find freedom in this great country. They have worked as hard as anyone else to get to where they are financially.

Please feel free to share your thoughts. Please note – this is not a Political blog – I am looking at things from a financial and economic perspective.

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