Thursday, November 18, 2010

Illegal Aliens and the Law

On National Review's The Corner:
For years, illegal-alien advocates have opposed any cooperation between local jail and prison officials, on the one hand, and federal immigration authorities, on the other, that could result in the detection and possible deportation of illegal-alien inmates. The ground of this opposition is rarely stated. Occasionally the advocates recycle the hoary argument that underlies sanctuary laws (those local ordinances which ban information sharing between all local government officials, especially the police, and ICE): That illegal-alien crime victims and witnesses will fail to cooperate with a police investigation if they think that their immigration status will be disclosed to ICE. The New York Times recently blasted jailhouse programs to identify illegal-alien inmates for “undermining . . . public safety.”
There is a reason why this argument is rarely trotted out: It is ludicrous. The illegal alien in jail isn’t a crime victim or witness; he’s a perp, and he’s already been apprehended.
So that leaves only one argument against deporting illegal-alien criminals: that the dearth of illegal aliens in the country is so severe that even those who have committed crimes must be shielded from detection. This argument remains implicit, but it is logically unavoidable. The standard rap against ICE’s Secure Communities program, which checks jail inmates’ fingerprints against ICE’s databases, is that it “could ensnare immigrants who have committed low-level offenses.” So? An alien commits a crime by sneaking across the border illegally, then commits another crime — say, driving drunk, or dealing drugs — and he should be protected against deportation? The only reason for doing so must be to ensure that we don’t lose even a single illegal alien to his home country, even if he’s violating additional criminal laws.
It's not that difficult, people - if you're illegal, you need to GO HOME!  Even if you are the parent of an American citizen.


I didn't make that decision to have a child in the US, who has a parent that is NOT a US citizen.  You did.  So, the way I see it, you have 2 choices:

  1. Go home, taking the kid(s) with you.  The kid is welcome back when he/she hits 18 - but, WITHOUT you - you're not eligible - you deliberately broke our immigration laws.
  2. Go home, without the kid(s).  We'll arrange for the adoption(s).  Lots of US citizens are available to be parents.
Don't like those choices?  Stay home.


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