WAKE FOREST, S.C., June 18, 2013 — When politicians like South Carolina’s Senator Lindsey Graham adamantly declare that “the Republican Party will not have a chance in the 2016 Presidential election if the GOP does not pass comprehensive immigration reform,” they are only sharing conventional wisdom banalities, not deep insights backed by hard evidence. Hispanic Americans are non-monolithic. Many are insulted by the suggestion that they would condone the carte blanche waiving of legal consequences for illegal activity by anyone. To suggest that they will universally embrace the Senator’s conventional wisdom is an exercise in Democratic wishful thinking.
The term “illegal immigration” is oxymoronic. Immigration is by necessity a legal process. Many attempt to cloud the issue by speaking of how inhumane it is for us to keep so-called illegals in the shadows.
First of all, we didn’t put them in the shadows. We must always honor the rule of law, which imposes consequences for breaking the law. Consider the following example:
Joe Homeless is tired of sleeping on park benches, and he wanders into a gated community. One family, the Smiths, are on vacation for two weeks. Joe, realizing this, manages to find the Smiths’ back door unlocked and enters the residence. Once inside, Joe sees that the house was left in disarray. Dishes are piled in the sink, athletic clothing is piled in the corner and needs laundering. In short, the house is a mess.
Joe gathers the clothing and does the laundry, he washes all the dishes and puts them away, and he tidies-up everything in the house. Last, but not least, he takes what he finds in the kitchen and prepares a sumptuous meal for the Smiths, who return home as he completes meal preparation. What are the Smiths to do?
Actually, Joe did a lot of good thing for the Smiths, and the Smith family benefited from his actions. But despite Joe’s efforts, the Smiths call the police and Joe is arrested for trespassing on private property. You may say that such an action would be heartless and cruel. And that’s the argument many make: Illegal aliens have done a lot of good for our country. However, our Constitution established this nation as a nation of laws.
Illegal aliens don’t simply do good for our country. They also cost communities millions of dollars in social services, medical treatment and are an added burden on law enforcement. The argument that we need immigration reform because of the added financial burden illegals place on the American economy is off the point, however. Why?
There are some who have entered our borders illegally who have never taken a dime of public assistance. Instead, they have worked hard, effectively putting no burden on our economy or on Americans. But we operate under the rule of law. That is, you do the crime, you pay the consequences.
We already have laws that say what we should do with those who violate our borders. Therefore, we need to enforce the law. We could do this by strengthening our physical borders by accelerating border security improvements. This would also require us to increase the manpower stationed along our borders.
We should also allow a time-limited moratorium on prosecuting illegal immigrants in the country, followed up by strict enforcement of the law. This would include escalating penalties for entering or remaining in the country without proper documents; including violators in a biometric database; strictly enforcing laws against hiring undocumented workers, with heavy fines for violations; and so on.
Why are we playing games about this serious issue that has serious ramifications on domestic security, domestic jobs and the over all well being of this Republic? When our own citizens break our laws, in most cases they are prosecuted to the full extent of the law. If we push through amnesty of any form, we would owe every person who has ever been prosecuted through our judicial system a solemn apology.
Let’s fix our broken borders, decide how we will apply the rule of law, and unite our nation under one flag.
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