Without having done much research on the subject, I’ll just say that I think any reform having to do with increasing legal immigration has to envolve punishing the companies that hire illegal immigrants, whether knowingly or not. A parallel step would be raising the minimum wage and making sure that that’s being followed. I agree with Brian’s point; shifting resources to increase the deportation rate of illegal immigrants is not an attempt to fix the problems that enticed and enabled them to skirt the system. And enabling “common-law” naturalization after a certain length of time discourages honesty.

Businesses in certain markets have already proven they’ll rely on workers willing to take low-wage jobs. I doubt they’ll reform in the absense of public scrutiny and government action.