It's just hard for me to understand why this is such a huge deal for the conservatives, and why such a distortion of facts. We hear "illegal immigration is out of control", yet there has been a net outflow of illegals in recent years. We hear Obama opened the floodgates, but under his administration enforcement and deportations were way up. We hear that illegals are criminals, yet statistics show that they actually committed less crime. We hear that they sap our treasuries and just come to get free stuff, but most are toiling for low wages and paying taxes while remaining ineligible for government assistance programs.
It's ironic that in many states with the highest proportion of immigrants we actually don't feel threatened, while the anti immigrant rhetoric runs high in those areas the immigration has been low. Fear of the unknown, maybe.
We're supposed to be the "home of the brave". Let's act like it.