Jumping in kind of late here.. Let me say first that I have nothing against any race or nationality, just people who break the law, no matter where they are from.
I agree with the poster that emphasized the impact on public schools. It shouldn't be the job of a teacher with 30 children to teach 15 of them the language of the nation. That is a job that shouldn't be done inside the school system, since all the other students come in knowing the language, as they should. All the children suffer and performance declines. I'm going to be teaching high school, and I'm deliberately avoiding jobs in the south because I don't want to have to deal with that sort of thing. I'm sure I'm not the only one.
Another thing is that many of them AVOID learning the language beacuse they want to 'preserve their culture'. If they liked their culture that much, why didn't they stay in their land of origin? Certainly keep your traditions, LEGAL immigrants, but also learn the language of the nation you have chosen to live in! It's only logical.
Illegal immigrants break the law of America each and every day that they live here. With every child they send to school, every road they walk/drive on, every time they go to the doctor on medicare's tab, they are STEALING from honest, hard working Americans (from every ethnicity, including LEGAL immigrants). The existance of criminals doesn't make America more 'diverse' or add to us in any way, it takes away from us. Any system that would award these people with citizenship is basically giving a big gift to people who manage to con the American people for a certain set of years.
Immigration is a wonderful thing, when it is done LEGALLY and they learn the national language of the nation they have chosen.
Music pours over the sense
And in a funny way
Music sees more than I..it remembers better...
I have forgotten all the rest-Anne Sexton