There is little reason to even to address Democrats on the issue of immigration---or most anything else. The Republicans clearly have the monopoly on adult behavior. The real debates are generally speaking taking place only within the GOP. Democrats are generally too childish to bother with. What should the Republicans focus on? There are two things which I consider nonnegotiable:
1.) A national identity card. This may be the only way to truly stop the flow of more illegal immigrants. We have the technology to virtually foolproof the process. The radical libertarians must be ignored. This necessity will not turn our nation into a police state.
2.) We must turn the long term illegal aliens into citizens as fast as possible. The radical leftists want these people to remain self pitying and childishly immature American haters. Why not pull the rug from under their feet? We can put a stop to this nonsense. Let’s set up education centers to teach the currently illegal immigrants to love this country. They need to learn English and get prepared to pass their citizenship test. Should we not be helping them to become good neighbors?
Too many well intentioned folks are stuck on the fact that these illegal immigrants are breaking the law. Once again, utopian perfection is not available on this side of the grave. Human laws are simply a means to an end. For instance, how many of us strictly adhere to the speed limits posted on the highway? Viable democratic societies are often compelled to make lemonade out of lemons. At this very moment, we essentially have 10-12 million “lemons” residing in the United States. They are not going anywhere.
---There is also one more point that must be added: these illegal immigrants have children who are American citizens! They do not take kindly to threats that their parents might be sent off to jail or returned to the old country. Moreover, these youngsters can vote once they turn 18. Is the Republican Party listening?