The issue regarding undocumented immigrants is very contentious. The media, having a very liberal, Democratic agenda, is pushing for the acceptance and payment of undocumented immigrants, while demonizing anyone who does not agree. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
An argument for being pro-undocumented immigrants is that these people have suffered a lot to get here, the human cost is high and it is humane to give them resources. Also, they come from very violent countries where there is an alarmingly high probability that they will get killed if they walk outside of their homes—or even if they stay in their homes.
Another argument for allowing undocumented immigrants to live here is that the United States has screwed around a lot with the politics in other countries that are now violent hellholes, and that the least that we can do for those people is let them come here and give them resources to start their lives.
On the other hand, there is an argument that letting all of these people in and giving them benefits destroys the integrity of the nation and the system of order that was put into place to ensure opportunity. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
It goes against many people’s sense of right and wrong to accept others who have broken the law, especially when they, themselves, have spent their lives abiding by the law. There is the issue of the illegal immigrants violating the law numerous times, and only getting a slap on the wrist.
For example, there are illegal immigrants who drive drunk and end up killing citizens, only to face a punishment that isn’t as bad as a citizen would face for the same crime. There are individuals who are repeated violent offenders who are not properly penalized.
People don’t want their tax money to go to millions of people who are getting things for free and are not putting back into the system what they should, financially. The United States is already in debt and much needed benefits are already scarce for citizens.
There are also not enough jobs around for citizens, ad sometimes immigrants will be considered before Americans for jobs, as well as non-whites before whites. The economy really isn’t that good for a lot of citizens, and many citizens are already in need.
Lacey and Larkin veer towards the view in the first paragraph. They believe that it is a higher priority to consider the human needs of immigrants over the more abstract economic and political rhetoric that goes against undocumented immigrants.
Their organization, the Lacey and Larking Frontera Fund, acknowledges the fact that immigrants are human beings with needs. Some individual human beings may be bad apples, though most are upstanding.