Please help explain this to me. This new bill that is stirring up controversy on both sides doesn't make any sense. By making the act of being in our country illegally a felony, what are we trying to achieve? Are we going to lock them in prison? How much is THAT going to cost tax payers? It is already illegal to be in this county illegally, hence the term "illegal alien". The punishment for this crime is deportation.
The problem is with the enforcement of the current laws, not the lack of stronger laws. Am I missing something here? Why aren't we going after the construction companies, landscaping companies, city work crews, etc... That are paying the illegal aliens less than minimum wage to perform jobs that most Americans refuse to do. If they didn't have a way to make money over here, they would stop coming over here.
Or how about we secure our damn borders? There was a report yesterday that two federal agents were able to sneak across the border, each carrying enough radioactive materials to make dirty bombs that could kill millions of people. So, we need to secure our borders anyway.
Once again, please explain this to me, because I'm obviously missing something.