This is no excuse for being here illegally
Alabama has just passed an immigration law said to be tougher than Arizona’s, and no doubt it will be challenged in court for the same reasons. Georgia recently did the same thing, and sparked a demonstration:
“We just want a better life.” So? Who in the world doesn’t want a better life? The difference is most people understand that wanting something doesn’t entitle them to break the law to get it.
I might be willing to consider other reasons/justifications for being here illegally, but this one doesn’t fly.