American lawbreaking: Illegal immigration. - By Tim Wu - Slate Magazine

American lawbreaking: Slate Magazine:

"What's going on here is that the parties all know the law is being broken, accept it, and—while almost never overtly saying so—both the 'criminals' and law enforcement concede that everyone likes it better that way. The law in question thus continues to have a formal existence, and, as we shall see, it may become a kind of zoning ordinance, enforced only against very public or flagrant behavior. But few, except sometimes a vocal minority, actually think we'd be better off if the law were fully enforced."