Well, we are about a week away from the end of the end of the 2006 Legislative session here, and all the lawmakers can go back to their regular habits of being discrimiatory, bigoted, holier-than-thou at their regular jobs.
One of the hot-button debates that has been in the news recently is a proposal to deny in-state tuition rates for illegal immigrants. There have been protests, angry editorials, people trying to shame other people, all sorts of junk. Then the guy who sponsored the Bill stood up in the debate session in the House, and said, "This country is the Land of Opportunity for EVERYONE, but only of they come here legally and play by the rules."
Couldn't have said it better myself.
I get the feeling that more people aren't concerend about this issue (the issue of illegal immigration generally), because they have no idea how it affects them. They have no idea what kind of expenses are borne by us all on behalf of people who demand mother-tongue education for their kids in public schools, who don't carry health insurance and so call 911 when they are sick and need medicine, or who drive without a drivers' license or insurance because they can't prove their elligibility. We all pay for the expenses generated by this kind of thing.