LL may be right that many "Americans" outside of DC support enforcement of the immigration laws. However, the devil is always in the details. I get many, many calls from individual Americans who have come into contact with a "very special case of a person without papers" or "an incredible family without papers but who are the sort of people we need in this country" or "these two great workers who we always thought were legal." Any roundup of all the folks living here in the US without documents would encompass these many unique, special individuals. And I question whether the majority of Americans would welcome or even tolerate mass deportations that included these individuals, particularly when the word gets out that there is no realistic way for these individuals to return to the US for a decade or more. Should workplace raids and related mass deportations ever become the norm, I presume that LL also believes that the majority of Americans would welcome strict enforcement of laws pertaining to employers who have been making it possible for those being deported to work throughout the US.
Nancy Taylor Shivers
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