Lets face it, America for all its improbably idealistic ideological promises is still your best bet for a personally prosperous life.
Compared to getting a new life started in Europe, Asia, Africa, and pointedly South America, the US is by far the easiest, cheapest, and best likely choice. Order a Big Mac in London and realize that the £2.99 is more like $5.00 and you can start to see.
Against such odds many see the US as a far more level playing field. English, and especially American English being the easiest language to learn in the world. Being land connected to the US too and you begin to see why coming here is a no brainer good option for some.
One more myth and I promise I'll get to the reform. The last myth is that illegals are criminals and part of the massive drug cartel invasion of America that isn't actually happening.
Most and by most I mean by far, most of those who sneak in are trying to get here to personally prosper. Some and by some I mean few will fail and might turn to crime if their plans to get a real job don't pan out.
But the drug business recruits its staff more easily here. They don't need to import labor. And the drug dealers and cartel folks fly in commercially. Usually first class or on private jets.
So revising the entry regulations is a start. All the usual criminal and background checks and source of funds verifications and issuing work visas can be done at the consular levels anyway. And fees can be charged for all this. Fees that are now going to the coyotes would more than cover any administrative costs. I'll even bet a tidy profit could be turned.
Finally if they bring their kids or have kids while they are here, no problem. Simply tack on another tax, a per child fixed amount that covers any reasonable welfare costs like schooling or healthcare. I'm liking $500 a year. Now they can stay and go to school and benefit from everything this society has to offer, as dues paying members. Again I'll bet this could be a money maker too. Certainly it will be a burden, which is the best incentive to convert their visa status. Or go back home if they feel it isn't worth it.
Most will. Some will do the math and return home after trying it out for a year or two. No problem. Call it "The Great Test Drive of America!"
Reform however, requires a zero tolerance for illegal entry to accompany it. We simply cannot risk it in the 9-11 era. The good news is with all the added worker taxes there will be plenty of money to do a fully complete job of guarding the borders now.
Best of all the path to residency and eventual citizenship is right there. And that should be a relief for anyone who lives in fear of deportation and losing everything they've worked for and risked their lives to achieve.
Sounds like America to me.