I am a resident in another country. I stood in line, applied, paid my fees and followed procedures that would be ridiculous in most countries. I came across a culture that is different than where I grew up. But it is their culture that I must assimilate into.
An open or porous border is not in the interest of the people, culture or economics of the people in any country. In today’s world, there is a need to protect entry into most countries. Some countries have the borders set up to keep the people from leaving.
I see no reason to reward bad behavior. I know people here who did not follow the correct procedures to become residents of this country. Most will be discovered, possibly jailed but definitely deported. They are here illegally.
People here illegally are removed. You could be robbed or injured and nothing will happen to you but overstay your visa and suddenly there are laws that must be followed. That’s the way it is.
I feel for the illegal citizen. Here, the reasons for illegality center around convenience. I think that is true in the U.S. as well. It is easier to be illegal than legal. I get it, I understand. At the same time I will not punish those who stand in line legally to get into the U.S. but reward those who skirt the law. That’s just me I guess.
My stand on immigration is simple. If you are here legally, welcome. If you are not then get to the back of the line and wait your turn.