I was talking to someone about immigration reform and I told him what I thought was wrong with the approach on the bill.
He looks at me and he says "What are you going to do? How are you going to solve this problem of eleven million illegal immigrants?"
So, I gave my answer which is not a new idea; seal the border. But as I drove home that night I realized I didn't give the correct answer.
My real answer is, "Why do I have to do anything to solve a problem that people created willingly for themselves?"
They choose to come here illegally and live in the shadows. They are happy enough to take the risk of sneaking into the United States or overstaying their visa, sneaking around and using fraudulent documents to get a job or tapping into welfare and living here in the shadows for the balance of their lives. That was their best option; the worst would be prison or deportation.
The answer to that question is: I don't have to do anything to fix that problem.
I have no moral obligation to make it easier for people to stay here if they are people who broke the law to get here. That moral question isn't answered by anyone; I don't have to fix that problem. The more uncomfortable it gets for them to stay, the less problems we have. The less uncomfortable it gets, the more problems.