Well, IIRC, you stated earlier that you believe that illegals should be given a "pathway to legalization" (and not citizenship). I strongly disagree with the premise that rewarding lawbreakers who, in essence, cut in front of the line of people who are attempting to enter legally. They broke the law, they pay the consequences. Period. A pathway to legalization would only exacerbate Reagan's Amnesty, which was only supposed to be a one-time gig. This is one of the reasons I believed that you were misinformed...along with using Obama's alleged deportation numbers. FWIW, I am relieved that you actually research some of this stuff. It's amazing to find somebody that actually has a little bit of a clue about IRIRA lol. And as far as replacing illegals with Americans, you have an excellent point. I don't want to sound all Nationalistic and stuff, but this would most definitely be preferable. Now, we all know one of the progressive talking points is that "they do the jobs that lazy white Americans won't". And, to be honest, there's probably a kernel of truth in that assessment. But when I see welders, drywallers, painters, pipefitters, butchers etc etc etc being filled by illegal immigrants, I absolutely refuse to buy into that huge lie. Also, another fact is that those agricultural and hospitality jobs are not necessarily dominated by illegals. The truth is, those jobs are actually dominated by LEGAL immigrants with either a Employment Authorization Document (I-688) or actual Permanent Residents (I-551) with smatterings of illegals thrown in. So, all that stuff about $20 tomatoes is all just a bunch of leftist pandering. But if, at the end of the day, there are jobs that Americans refuse to do, they can be filled with more *legal* nonimmigrants at lower wages from a wide variety of countries...not just our southern neighbors.