The brutal truth of the matter is quite different that what many of you seem to be suggesting. These people are, in fact, being brutally exploited … long before(!) they arrive at the borders of some other country. Their “rights as human beings” are non-existent.
If someone sneaks across a border, they live in fear of the law from that day forward – which means that they become “people who cannot say ‘no’” to anything that now happens to them. If told to dive into a bucket of herbicide they will do it, lest the Federales show up and cart them away.
And do you seriously imagine that a “refugee” will be fed and clothed for very long, before (s)he is inducted into that system?
These people become, at best, indentured servants, but much more likely slaves.
No one ever talks to them about the option of legal immigration – “naturalization certificates” or any of that garbage – because those people have … rights. Far better to give them “non-immigrant visas,” which put them under the thumb of their “sponsors” just as surely as anyone ever was subjected under any other variety of “indenture.”
(Yes, outlawed by the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution, but we found a nice way around that little paragraph, now didn’t we?)
Full disclosure: I once watched seventeen young Indian men – identically dressed, and dressed to the nines, file out of a one-bedroom apartment in a tony suburb of Nashville, Tennessee, and get onto a bus that would take them to a high-tech job somewhere. I peeked in the window and saw sleeping bags, neatly rolled up. They didn’t have cars. They couldn’t drive. And they dared not say a word about their living or working conditions … in the former case, “highly illegal, but, there they were.”
No, don’t think good things about these so-called “immigrants.” Pity them. And, become very angry at the people who subject them to the things that they are subjected to. (For instance, the people who drove other people on foot the length of Mexico as though they were just so many cattle, and told mothers to throw their children over a fence.)