There is no doubt that this is an issue that will have to be addressed soon, yet the means of addressing it is difficult to determine. It is indeed too unrealistic to believe that the government can round up and deport all million illegal immigrants, and it also seems irresponsible (and slightly skirting the issue) to unconditionally legalize all of those immigrants currently living here, since that would not stop the flow of illegal immigrants and may even increase it. Some, including President Barack Obama, believe in granting amnesty to those illegal aliens who hold a job and are willing to learn English and to follow the correct path to citizenship, while at the same time cracking down on border patrol and on employers who hire illegal aliens. However, others believe that this is not enough, for they would still be taking jobs that they believe American citizens should be entitled to. Many say that the focus should be on strengthening the borders and seeking out those living here illegally in order to prevent future floods of illegal immigrants in the future. While both sides have merit, it is important to remember the personal, human side of this issue, that in the end it is important to not only protect and enhance the lives of those living here but also to keep alive the idea of the American dream, of allowing those who are struggling to find their way in what we hail as the Land of Opportunity. It is for this reason that works such as The Tortilla Curtain are so valuable, as they provide another less statistical and more intimate view into such a volatile issue.