What all this amnesty chatter ignores is that there is a viable pathway to US Citizenship for illegal immigrants. The "amnesty" crowd seems to ignore this existing pathway in favor of their disregard for the rule of law, in favor of the "we must be kind at all costs" soft-headed thinking.
The path is simple, but not easy. I have outlined the steps below:
1) Return to the country of your origin.
2) While in the country of your origin, apply for a visa to the US
3) After entering the country legally, and while the visa is still in effect, apply for US Citizenship.
4) Follow the directions of the US to obtain legal citizenship
5) Obey the laws of the US and the state(s) where you live while in the US
It really isn't as complicated as all the politicians make it out to be. However, I will admit it isn't easy.
In addition to requiring all aliens to enter the US legally, I believe there are several reforms that should be made to current US immigration laws. Before I offer my reforms, it is useful for people to understand how we went from "send me your poor, your huddled masses" on the Statue of Liberty to the state now where a company has to prove (under the H1B visa program) that there are no qualified US applicants for a job before they can hire someone with an H1B Visa.
According to Wikipedia (not the most reliable source, but a very convenient one), naturalization (the process of becoming a citizen) was written into the Constitution. This means it was considered a fundamental enough issue that they didn't even wait to put it into The Bill of Rights (the first 10 amendments to the Constitution).