Born on our soil your American by Law. Im not for illegal immigration, because it is killing our country, but if you are born here you are American.
The kids may be American but the parents are not and that is the crux of the matter. The parents could have left the kids here with relatives or in foster care. They chose not, just as they chose to give birth to the kids here in the first place. Any blame in this belongs to the parents who have made bad decisions all along.
The US has indeed offered a life here to citizens of the countries you mention for the reasons you gave. But how long are we supposed to give citizens of those countries a break on entering this country illegally, long after the wars and violence--violence which was caused after all by internal political and economic conditons apart from US involvement. To pretend that these countries were paradise on earth before US involvement and that the citizens of these countries have no role in what their countries are or become is simply wrong.
What a shame... for all the closed minded people who see no grey, and who commented above with their horrific prejudice comments above.
And do you feel sympathy for these children and families when they move to the US, particularly illegally? After all, they have to adapt to life here--and often don't or won't. As for letting everyone who wants to come here, that's a literal impossibility. Half of the population of Mexico has said it would immigrate here if it could. Meanwhile, there are more than 5 billion people living in greater poverty than Mexicans.
The claim is made that illegal alien children, those not born here but raised here from an early age, should be given amnesty because they are Americans by virtue of living here so long. Much the same could be expected of these "American" children--let them live in Guatemala, or wherever, long enough, and they will become Guatemalan. Don't buy that? I don't buy the claim that "Dreamers" are Americans, either.
Do you know what one country sends the most legal immigrants to the US, and has for more than 2 decades? MEXICO. It regularly accounts for 15-20% of all our legal immigration. In fact, the reason for the long wait for Mexicans is that we already have so many of them, each of them sponsoring more relatives. All due to our emphasis on "family reunification" with parents, adult kids, and siblings with their families.
D.A. King of Marietta, Ga., is a nationally recognized authority on illegal immigration??? Seriously? I suppose that makes David Duke an authority on affirmative action and civil rights.
Just what "race" is "illegal"? And just what are YOUR reasons for wanting amnesty for illegal aliens? WHOSE interests are YOU looking out for? I doubt it's that of the American people in general. It certainly isn't mine (I'm a Democrat and Arab-American and oppose amnesty).