If illegal immigration really was the major issue of the campaign, Thompson would win the nomination and the election because he's the only one who understands the issue. He gives the perfect answer to the question of compassion (how can we separate a mother from her children). Why encourage illegal immigration with our policies? We encourage people to put themselves and their children at risk crossing the border since we don't enforce our own laws. If we grant amnesty, we will be encouraging the next generation to do the same thing. That's not compassionate.