"We got instead a huge flow of illegals, who number 11 million now."
Try 30-40 million.
"The argument for granting legal status is that we as a nation have been complicit in tolerating a situation in which it's easy and profitable to violate the law."
What's this "we" nonsense? There are a load of folks who have been raising hell about the third worldization of the US for years. It is people like Barone and the rest of the sorry crowd that resided inside the beltway and NYC who have deliberately created this mess. They would prefer to exchange the present population for one they believe is more docile and easier to control. Call it what it is, divide and conquer.