What is permanent presence in the U.S. worth? If you were told you must leave the U.S. unless you paid $100,000, would you pay it? This is what the illegal immigrant has stolen. There are at least a billion people in the world who would pay $100,000 for legal permanent residence in the United States (not to mention U.S. citizenship). If you steal $100,000 from a bank you go to jail if you are caught. If you steal
illegal presence in the U.S. and you are, unlikely, caught you usually are required, or asked (voluntary departure) to depart so you can try again. No penalty, no punishment. NO LAW ENFORCEMENT!