Pro Amnesty to the question "Is the ACLU Good for America?"
"With an estimated 10-20 million undocumented workers in the U.S. there is no way they will all be deported. There is also no way that you can crack down on all the employers because the vast majority of them are small businesses. Allowing them to apply to become permanent residents would solve the 'security' issues that people have because they would be fingerprinted and background checks would be done. This would also free up government resources to spend time finding people who don't want to be found instead of harassing people who just want a job. This would also solve the 'they took our jobs' crowd because the employers would now be forced pay undocumented workers the minimum wage and the workers would have the same legal protections as you and I with regards to employment. They would no longer be exploited workers. And the argument that any type of 'amnesty' would just lure more undocumented workers doesn't make sense because the government has been making immigration more restrictive in the last two decades and all it has done is increase the number of undocumented workers. Restricting immigration doesn't stop people from coming. In fact they stay longer because it's more dangerous to travel back and forth, and they bring their entire families with them because it's harder to cross the border. So I say the solution is to legalize them. It's the only solution that will work. Any other solution will only create a permanent underclass that will eventually become a danger to our democracy. Nobody said this was gonna be easy, but it's time to tear down the wall."
"Illegal Immigrants: It's Time to Legalize Them," The Obfuscation Report blog, May 2, 2007