Friday night topic: The illegal immigration fuss

Illegal immigration has been in the U.S. news lately, with the possibility of some changes in enforcement provoking massive protests. Generally, I think Americans are not very inclined to favor restrictions on immigration given how deeply immigrants' tales are woven into our national story. As a result, even minor changes in the status quo have not fared well politically here. But one wonders whether the throngs of protesters waving Mexican flags in the streets won't ultimately provoke a reaction that runs counter to their goals. Have the protests increased the likelihood that curbs on illegal immigration will be legally enhanced or more strictly enforced? Would such a development be a good thing or bad? Why? Discuss.
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