While watching the news a couple months back, I saw something that struck me as rather “oxymoronic.” The broadcast was about the protests in Los Angeles held by illegal immigrants or those who support their cause. While most of the signs that the protesters were holding read something like “Legalize Immigration,” “Land of the Free,” or other phrases advocating open borders, one of them said “No somos illegales.” For the English audience, this means “We aren’t illegals.” Interesting. This summarizes what I think has happened in this whole debate–politicians and many Americans are starting to think the same way.
The argument is, “They aren’t illegal, they were just doing what they thought was best for their families and American law got in their way.” What!? They’re illegal. There’s no ifs, ands, or buts about it. The law is in place and they have broken it. Is it sad to see families split up because a hard-working father has to go to jail? Sure. Is it sad to see parents forced to go to back to their homeland and make the decision of whether to leave their children here? Yes, it definitely is. But when did we start changing our laws because of some disparaging images of innocent-looking and good-hearted people when these people are, when it comes down to it, illegal. They became illegal and chose the possibility of facing such issues the second they stepped over the border. Whether it was one week ago or ten years ago doesn’t, or shouldn’t, matter. They made the decision just like someone who robs a store, even out of need for food for his/her children. Does it mean I don’t feel bad for such people? No. I’m saying it’s an illegal act and should be treated as such.
So what’s the harm in making exceptions?
- Those who came to the United States legally are suddenly discredited. After all, they did the work and didn’t need to!
- Those who have been charged for crossing the border suddenly come up with a plethora of lawsuits because they were treated unfairly. I realize it shouldn’t hold any weight in court because changes in law generally can’t be applied retroactively, but it’s inevitable.
- Every other law will be challenged because, hey, if so many “innocent” people are breaking it, there must be something wrong with the law, not the people!
One other thing to address before I get off my soap box. Another reason pro-amnesty folks throw out there for legalizing the illegals is that the U.S. was created by immigrants. Aren’t we all immigrants? Yes, we are all immigrants–and so is everyone else in most every other country. The difference is that those coming from New England or the whereabouts were legal immigrants at the time and subsequently created the laws of immigration. If other countries decide to assume similar laws of immigration so that I must go through a process to become a citizen of their country, I believe it is their right and I will abide by it…even if I really, really wanted to go to that country.
Before you let your horses stampede, let me conclude by saying that I really do appreciate those hard-working, tax-paying, since-crossing-the-border-law-abiding, English-learning immigrants that have entered the country. I appreciate your contributions to the economy and our society. I welcome you into the country, our country…but legally. I will not support the degradation of our nation’s law, society, and security to accommodate the need of a few who have bypassed but a single law: crossing the border. And if you love this country so much, neither should you.