I don't think you read carefully what I said. I was admitting my empathy, sympathy, feelings for the various people who are or might be in this country illegally. I was admitting that I wouldn't want my friends and relatives to be deported. I wouldn't want to see my friends and relatives go to jail if they broke other laws either. Wanting the law enforced does not change those feelings.
But I see the necessity and importance of the law to be a separate issue and irrelevent to my feelings. We can't be a people of law and let our feelings dictate what will and will not be enforced.
In fact most illegals aren't breaking other laws any more than citizens do once they come here. But enough of them do to make it a serious problem especially in the border states. And there are some really bad characters coming in with them.
No matter how much empathy we feel for the illegals, there is a limit to how much we can stretch our social services to accommodate them before everybody gets hurt. We simply cannot have both national security in a dangerous world and also have open borders. We do nobody any favors if we so weaken ourselves as a nation that we are far less able to help others pull themselves up and unrestricted illegal immigration has and will continue to weaken us.
Far better to enforce the law, but also improve it to make it easier for those who need to be here to come here while not producing all the negatives that illegal immigration now causes.