Immigration, legal and illegal has been a pretty big issue over the last few years and heated up a lot more with the presidential race. Currently it is estimated there are 12 million illegal immigrants, how do you think they should be handled?
Currently I think solving the problem has two parts. First allocate more money, people, and resources to truly locking down the border. I agree that a porous border is a serious security issue from terrorism, drugs, to more illegals. It needs to be locked down in the interest of national security.
The second is forcing those that are hear illegally to seek amnesty and become documented. Basically I agree with employer penalties for knowingly employing an illegal and I also agree if they apply for amnesty and are on the path to citizenship they need to pay a fine (on the order of 10k-20k) for border jumping. The amnesty period would last 1-2 years, after which they would automatically be deported when caught.
I don't support bulk deportation largely because I think a majority of those that have come here illegally have integrated and want to become citizens. Those that are here for any other reason will not step forward when amnesty is offered and will eventually be caught and deported.
One thing about illegals is I think when it comes to crime they should be treated like citizens. Nothing chaps my hide more when I hear about illegals being let go from traffic offenses to more serious crimes because they are undocumented.