I know who built my home -- and I knew their parents and grandparents and I know their kids and grandkids... because their families have been here as long as mine has been and that dates back to before my state was a state -- they weren't illegal immigrants.
I do my own landscaping.
The Mexicans who own and operate my favorite restaurant -- which does happen to be an authentic Mexican restaurant -- came here legally and are naturalized U.S. citizens. They pay the same taxes I'd pay in their place, they pay their employees a competitive *documented* wage. Their vehicles are insured and registered in their real names. Their driver's licenses are in their real names. The tags on their cars match the vehicle they were registered to. If one of them accidentally T-bones me at an intersection and it's completely his fault, he won't ditch the car and disappear, leaving me or my insurance company holding the bag.
Imported furniture & other goods and the export of our manufacturing industry is certainly having a huge negative impact on our economy, but it's a completely separate issue from that of illegal immigration.
I have no problem -- NONE -- with Mexicans or with the legal immigration of people from ANY country.
I do have a problem with our government turning a blind eye to "debt bondage" (50,000+ Chinese are smuggled into this country through our ports, each year, and held in perpetual debt bondage by their owners/employers.) It doesn't matter if you or I would want the jobs they hold or what we'd expect to be paid for doing them -- those jobs aren't open to us... period.
I have a problem with our government turning a blind eye to the exploitation of illegal immigrants at the expense of our standard of living by employers who pay them pennies on the dollar that you and I would not only want, but need and have to be paid to do the same job.
I fully understand why those who came here willingly did so. In their situation, I would risk everything for a chance at a better life for my kids, too.
But, by working for free or for undocumented pennies on the documented dollar, once they get here, they're inadvertantly contributing to creating the same economic conditions that drove them from their home countries in the first place. Those who worry that we're turning into Mexico would do well to stop thinking about language and start thinking about economy!
To curb the rapidly growing influx of illegal immigrants, we first need to resume strict enforcement of our existing labor and wage laws... until we do, any other effort will be for naught.