I went to hear Olga Vives from NOW speak about comprehensive immigration reform that takes women and children into account. The crowd that attended was a well meaning group of white women with large eyes and who knew just about nothing about the issue. I realized that they were still stuck on using the word "illegal!" And so for clarification:
Actions are "illegal", people aren't.
People can be without papers, "undocumented", coming here because of harsh economic circumstances at home. Don't dehumanize people.
If you want to read a few blogs about immigration, I recommend:
Lucky White Girl and Born in the U.S.A.