Over Thanksgiving weekend, a student, Juan Hernandez, approached me to discuss several aspects of the subject of illegal immigration and undocumented immigrants. I’ve reproduced his questions and my answers here, as I think they cover some common but significant questions on the topic.
1. Should the United States government allow immigrants who are here illegally to become U.S. citizens?
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Both major political parties have agreed in recent times that the U.S. government should provide a path to U.S. citizenship for many undocumented immigrants, and, in fact, most Americans agree. Affirming a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants does not mean all such immigrants would achieve citizenship, nor would it likely be available to them immediately. These immigrants are already here, however, and many work and
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