Yes, it's as easy as that.
Really? So if I applied for Canadian citizenship right now, it would just be boom-bam-pow, I am a Canadian and can bring my entire family?
139,000. The rough number of Mexicans who came here legally. 500,000+, the number that overstayed VISAs. What a "terrible" crime, man we really need to fuck their lives up. Why don't we start cutting the hands off thieves while we are at it? Do you think all 500,000+ didn't try to come here in one legal way or another? If it is so easy, why didn't those 500,000 just do it the legal way?
All that shit you listed? I already knew that. I'm under no illusions as to why people are able to come here illegally, nor am I unaware of how they benefit the nation. The law isn't really what I'm interested in. It's the fact that people are willing to take such a dumbass gamble, knowing that their illegal status can be held against them any time it becomes convenient. Sure, help your family, just don't come crying to me when the consequences come home to roost. You knew exactly what was up.
"Looking for an opportunity for a new life, where my family can be safe and have educational and economic opportunity far beyond anything they could get where I live, is a dumbass gamble."
You know, rather than blaming the victim... we should maybe blame the system that exploits them. Just a thought.