I'm a pretty hardcore liberal democrat. Have been forever. Don't vote too often. Last time I voted was for John Kerry. But I live in kansas, so it doesn't really get counted anyways. There was a time, specifically back in high school debate class where I was taught to believe that illegal immigrants while slightly naughty, were well meaning, english fluent, honest, hard working, fairly paid, tax paying people working jobs that white people wouldn't. Oh how wrong I was. While I've always felt my pro illegal stance was on shakey ground, it wasn't until I moved to a city that is a haven for illegal immigrants until I learned what they are really like. Not all of them, probably not even most. But enough. They've ruined the town I now have to live in (for job reasons I don't have a choice). They've brought the mexican drug cartel's presence here. Most of them either don't speak english or lack the common decency to use it when in public. They work all manner of jobs despite very poor english skills. Jobs that actual legal americans would love to work. Their kids are all permanently legal now, but don't worry, they will be taught spanish and mexican pride, and will never feel american. For the population size and average wages earned, the town keeps very little income, because so much of it is getting sent back across the border. The town is relatively poor. A casino has been put up recently that has recaptured some of this money. Of course that money still won't go back to the community at large. There's tons of mexican restaurants, all of them crap. Everywhere you go, the signs cater to non-english speakers. Is this really what we should encourage? What if there were 5 different languages spoken commonly? Should every sign put up have 5 translations? It's ridiculous, just learn the friggin language?! It's honestly disgusting how my own party... no, the entire government past and present, does nothing about this to try to garner votes from the hispanic populace, and line the pockets of big business with cheap labor that is easily intimidatable, easy to keep out of unions, and can be underpaid. The democratic party is supposed to be about the common man and his struggle. Tax the rich if you want. But don't starve the poor because you want a few extra votes. Protect our jobs, protect a unified system of communication, and protect our communities from drug cartels. FFS guys.