Our immigration system is broken. It takes years and years to immigrate legally to the US unless you have money and/or connections. The vast majority of the undocumented immigrants in question come from our neighbor country, Mexico. Our relationship with Mexico and the immigrant labor it has historically provided is bipolar, and changes based on our selfish needs. Maintaining the status quo of the current system perpetuates an underclass, similar to Jim Crow laws of the past. These immigrants come to this country to provide for their families, like most of grandparents did, prior to immigration quotas imposed in the early 1920's. Life in extreme poverty and violence is something most Americans can't even imagine. Yet many who oppose helping these immigrants, many of them children, espouse pro-life values. These ARE lives! Many Americans forget (but not many Mexicans!) that the U.S. illegally invaded Mexico, causing the Mexican American War. In the Treaty of Guadalupe, ending the war, the U.S. agreed to make Mexicans living the acquired territories equal citizens (which never really happened - similar to treatment of Native Americans and African Americans) and promised that their children could learn in their native language Spanish. The Americas were discovered by and first colonized by the Spanish. The fear of lingual and cultural diversity is un-American! Immigration has historically benefitted the US, and will continue to do s if we provide opportunity for those who believe in our values and our willing to work hard and contribute to society.