Immigration reform is a whole lot simpler than we make it out to be. Here’s a great concept: we can’t hold kids responsible when their parents bring them to (or keep them in) the US illegally. But once you turn 18, you’re an adult, so let’s give these kids a choice.
After turning 18, you get a choice as to whether you want to be a US citizen. We give you a two-year grace period in which to a) graduate from a US high school, b) enroll in and pass a US citizenship course, c) file an income tax return each year, and d) stay out of trouble with the law (avoiding felony and DUI convictions). If you choose not to become a citizen, or if you fail to meet those criteria, you go back to your country of citizenship at age 20.
Let’s not forget that almost all of us were immigrants here at one time or another. While we shouldn’t be turning a blind eye to illegal immigration, we also shouldn’t be making it impossible for people to naturalize as US citizens if they desire.