The Quote Below: More Misinformation from the Media
“So why would the president want to rid the national of homeowners and taxpayers who have broken no laws other than the “crime” of wanting to belong to this nation? Why is Homeland Security hunting down those with good jobs and roots in their communities and putting them on planes? U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is on point in calling this a “deportation regime that has lost all reason and rationality.
“Yet the Trump administration seems determined to rid the nation of these hardworking, taxpaying, law-abiding workers, no matter what their circumstances.” – What Is Wrong With ICE, The Hartford Courant, Editorial, 3/28/18 [Link]
Fact Check on This Quote: Illegal aliens have not committed “ ‘the crime’ of wanting to belong to this nation.” They have committed the crime of breaking our immigration laws, and the penalty for that is deportation. Illegal aliens, aside from breaking immigration laws, are hardly law-abiding. In order to live and work in America, they have to break plenty of other laws. Examples are document fraud involving the theft of American IDs, tax evasion, and taking jobs and services intended for citizens.
Is this editorial suggesting that immigration laws should not apply to some illegal aliens if we happen to think that they are generally nice people? The rule of law doesn’t have much meaning if you can make arbitrary exceptions to it whenever you feel the urge.
And just what does this viewpoint say to decent hard-working legal immigrants who respected our country and played by our rules? Basically, it tells them that they were fools and chumps for going through the proper channels.
If this editorial writer really believes what he is saying, why can’t he be honest enough to call for the end of all immigration restrictions, except those to keep out particularly objectionable criminals? An international Gallup poll a few years ago found that 150 million adults around the world, most in poor and relatively poor countries, would like to move to the United States. And most probably aren’t hardened criminals. Should we let them all in? If we do, no doubt they would want to bring their spouses, minor children, and probably other relatives—making for a total of perhaps 400 million.
If the editorial writer really thought about this, maybe he might have some second thoughts. Just what would adding substantially more people than our current population have on our environment and our infrastructure? On economic opportunities and wages for Americans—particularly for our poor and underprivileged? Also, what effect would this huge influx have on our social and cultural unity—already stretched thin by immigration-pushed “diversity.”
Of course it is unlikely that the full total of 400 million would show up if they had the chance to come. But to the extend we don’t enforce out immigration laws, we encourage people from around the globe to take advantage of our misguided generosity. Currently, a caravan with as many as 14,000 migrants is moving through Mexico toward our border. Emboldened by weak enforcement in the past, they are claiming the right to settle here. If they are successful, the word will go out for more and more to come. Eventually the numbers will push us to the breaking point.