As the debate regarding the status of illegal immigrants in the US continues to rage on, it got me to thinking about a good friend of mine that was an illegal immigrant and how people would react to his story/status. This guy I was friends with was South African. In the interest of full disclosure, he is Zulu. Since so many are saying this is more of a race debate instead of a legal status debate I figured that was important to mention. So, we have a guy who is a black South African that entered the US legally on a tourist visa. However, he never had any intention of leaving. He saved up for a plane ticket here, had some family here and kind of bounced around and eventually wound up living with an aunt and uncle. He worked in the stockroom of a sporting goods store. The only reason he got caught and deported was he had an accident playing soccer and screwed his knee up badly. When he went to the hospital, they patched him up, but also reported him to the authorities. Assuming he was never caught, should he get the same proposed deal since he entered legally but didn't choose to leave or is his situation different since he didn't enter illegally? Since so much of the debate is swirling around people from Latin America, I just wanted to see what people's take would be on the situation of an illegal immigrant from another part of the world whose situation was vastly different.