v: The very dirty secret is that almost all illegal immigrants from Mexico (and others) were too poor to ever have been granted immigration. You either had to have special skills with not enough US residents having them, or have a sponsor or show you have sufficient money. The desperate- those whose children were going hungry- or were ill- those who had no chance in their home country- those were the overwhelming majority of illegals coming here. Remember what is written on the Statue of Liberty- "Give me your tired, your poor- your huddled masses yearning to be free- the wretched refuse of your teeming shore- send these, the homeless tempest- tossed to me- I lift my lamp beside the golden door"..? For how many years now have wealthy people been granted immigration to buy up US businesses while the poor have been written-off? I think we either need to go back to living up to what's written on the Statue or remove those words from Lady Liberty.