In April Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano stated that, "Crossing the border is not a crime per se. It is civil." The reaction to this was immediate and overwhelming. Yes, it IS a crime to enter this country without permission and without documentation, and it has been since the Naturalization Act of 1790. As with most things Constitutional today, however, it seems to be subject to interpretation and modification to suit the needs of the administration.
Immigration “reform” generally means amnesty for those already in this country illegally, especially if they have been here for any amount of time. Amnesty for illegal entry into our country is as ridiculous as amnesty for all shoplifters during the past five years. Both are “victimless crimes,” but illegal entry is far more potentially dangerous to our country.
Enforcing our immigration laws is the only acceptable answer to illegal immigration, and completing a sound southern border fence is a necessity, augmented with increased and enhanced surveillance of both of our borders. National security begins with border security.