In the debate over illegal immigration and what to do, one point that is consistently raised is that they have been in this country for a period of time - ranging to decades - and that we can excuse that one trangression because they are established.
Even if they are going about their daily lives, raising a family, and working (although no company can legally hire them), there is no escaping the fact that at some point they broke the law and came into this country illegally - undocumented.
Let's put it in a another context.
Suppose someone decided to start practicing dentistry. They read up on it, bought some equipment, got some patients, and seemingly run a legitimate business. Only one thing. They aren't licensed. Everything goes along fine until they mess up or someone finds out. Do we just look the other way because of all the good service they have provided and the fact that maybe they were as good as a licensed dentist?
What about a self-proclaimed physician who treats patients and has a great bedside manner - but isn't licensed? Does it make any difference how good he is or how much people like him?
This is a black and white issue. It's either legal immigration or it isn't.
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