The gauntlet has been thrown down for immigration reform , with the pro/con proponents expressing their opposing views. Maybe it's time to sit back and carefully consider options rather than immediately responding in a negative way. First, one has to wonder how many of the current millions of illegal immigrants will really accept the option to become a registered "offender" and start paying taxes etc. From a benefit standpoint, many already stay under the radar and obtain food stamps etc. For health care they only need to show up at an ER at 2 a.m. and we are required, by law, to care for them. Maybe the Republican response should be "O.K., let them register because now we will be able to track them should we decide in the future to change the law !" I wonder how many would then sign in ? Other nations have strict immigration laws including what kind of work one does as well as how big is your current bank account or retirement plan. This is one area no one has touched on as those granted citizenship will eventually tap into our already struggling social security system by working and paying into it just a few years. I am all for increasing the gene pool with valuable assets that benefit our country but much less enthusiastic about letting in those that will eventually be a burden on society. Humanitarian concerns for family unity won't pay the bill that will come due for future generations of legal residents. Another real concern that no one talks about is the depletion of the gene pool in the country from which immigrants come! If the brightest and most motivated end up under the U.S. flag, is this really helping their own country of origin improve it's standing in the world? Most innovations and advances in societies around the world come from those countries that are "the most advanced" at the time, and likewise, immigrants want to go there. The United States just happens to be the current hot spot just as Egypt, Rome and other places were at some time in history....until socialist style policies took away individual initiative and the immigrants began to outnumer the host nation.