American Man, first, let me say that I agree appropriate immigration reform is required ASAP, and that the issue of immigration is one of many vital parts to the safety and stability of our country. I also agree that violent crimes committed by anyone is atrocious.
Now, I believe the answer to your questions are much more complex than presented.
There is a lot of history to overcome as well as a current overriding negativity directed at Latino immigrants (among others). This speaks very simply to cultural (ethnic, familial, folk, and popular) behavior. Cultural behavior is typically socially mediated, so narrowing all the issues that arise from these to cost is impossible.
Now, considering systematic issues is a whole different animal. There are many systematic (i.e., governmental) problems with many more required solutions before a viable immigration policy can be backed by achievable mechanisms. This cannot be narrowed to such a fine point that all the emphasis is placed at the feet of the immigrant, much less have transgressions by some placed on the shoulders of the whole.
There is a great deal of discussion that should be had regarding this issue, and I wish I had time to add more content to these basic points.
American Man, by listing those points, and then by writing"This sure makes me want them here", you are characterizing an entire population of people as homogeneous in personal belief, motivation, and behavior. This sweeping generality is fairly short sighted.
I hope someone else will address your points with regards to the war on drugs and citizenship processes and cost. I do not know enough about either to comment thoughtfully. However, I do believe the war on drugs drives a lot of good people from a country ravaged by violence into ours.
Great points smn2. Thank you.
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