If you're in the country illegally you are owed nothing. However, my take would be to deport them, but give them back the money they paid in (and shouldn't have) in the first place. But that money comes from the entity that knowingly hired an illegal in the first place. Call it a "fine" for crooked business dealings. In the end this should dissuade businesses from hiring illegals in the first place, and the side benefit is, social security, Medicaid etc., keeps the money paid in. You came in illegally -- you took a chance -- it didn't work. But you still earned some money for your family, we used your labor, it benefitted our programs too. If you want to come back into our country the "right way?" We will welcome you. As for giving the businesses that hired the illegal workers in the first place a pass -- that is just ridiculous. If no one will hire them, or give them benefits, what do you think happens next? They head back home, or apply for citizenship legally. But if you've already been here awhile (of course we'd need to define "awhile"), I also support a logical path to full citizenship -- for the entire family.