This is supposed to be a "punishment" but there's a couple of questions - how can you enforce the payment of the fine and back taxes? Isn't this treatment pretty much giving the people who entered our borders illegally exactly what they wanted?
Such treatment angers many people who have been born and raised in America, therefore are voting citizens. Remember, citizens can vote - illegals can't. Therefore, politicians who rely on the voting public for their livelihood are going to stay more in line with what they want.
Comprehensive immigration reform will take a long time to work its way through the government. Something needs to be done especially after the nation was so divided after the Arizona immigration law was passed. What needs to be done hasn't been worked out.
Democrats are hesitating and staying close to Republicans on the issue. It could be because they are choosing their battles wisely, or it could be because Obama's suggestion isn't what they feel would be best for the voting public.
Expect immigration reform to be the next big battle in Washington, especially if Obama is elected to a second term and the issue hasn't been ironed out within the next couple of years.