Tuesday, 8 January 2008
|0842 - On illegal immigration|
Left-wing Minneapolis Star Tribune columnist Nick Coleman, in today's issue, complains about immigration enforcement. Here's the letter I sent in in reply:
Why the quotes around the word illegal in Nick Coleman's column on immigration? There's nothing incorrect about referring to those who are breaking the immigration laws of the United States as illegal, because that's exactly what they are.
Coleman, like the rest of those on the left who support immigration amnesty, insists that opposition to illegal immigration is thinly veiled opposition to immigration. This is the same kind of distortion that the Left uses to smear sensible conservative positions they disagree with. I know of nobody who opposes immigration as long as it's done in accordance with the law. This country was built by immigrants, and legal immigration strengthens us all.
What we don't need is a flood of immigrants who, by their very presence here, demonstrate that they do not feel the need to obey the law. That's exactly what we got after Ronald Reagan signed the first amnesty, and it'll be what we get a lot more of if we enact another amnesty bill.
Immigration is a good thing. Illegal immigration is a bad thing. This will remain true no matter what kind of weasel words leftists like Coleman use to try to redefine their way out of the issue.
current mood: irritated
Amen. Well said.
My parents came to this country in the 60s. They played by the rules and got in line. It was tough, but they did it.
Exactly. Granting amnesty to those who did not follow the law is a slap in the face to those who did.
Restricting who crosses the borders of nation-states makes about as much sense to me as restricting state lines.
Letter to the Editor
I meant to call you January 9 when I saw your letter published in the Strib.
What irks me most is that the left is so self-righteous about "caring for" these illegals because their lives are "so hard" back in Mexico. Truthfully, not all, but many of the people who sneak over the border DO have hard lives in Mexico.
But what about the thousands and thousands of people who DON'T live in Mexico and who CAN'T just walk across the border to a better life? What about the people of Darfur, and other hell-hole nations where hundreds are being murdered every day by fanatical governments, who actually have to get on a plane to get into the United States? Is it fair to THEM that they CAN'T escape their nightmarish existence because of the sad fact that Darfur and the USA don't share a land border?
And what about legal immigration and Visa laws? They are incredibly tough these days EXACTLY BECAUSE of illegals! I'm an American citizen living outside the USA. A few years ago I wanted to bring a friend with me for a visit to my family in New Hampshire. The US Embassy told us not to even bother trying for a visa because my friend had too many risk factors: single, unemployed, no family in the country of origin.
She couldn't even come for a visit!!! Too bad the country we live in doesn't share a land border with the US.
Now, I'm all for people trying to improve their lives - Mexicans included. If they find a way into the US - illegally - and manage to work and make money, then good for them. But if they're found by the authorities, then they should be shipped right back. No questions asked. Game over. They took their chance and they lost. The government of the United States should NOT be rewarding them for their illegal actions.
If they start doing that, then they should open the doors on all the jails and let ALL the convicts out. Or at least the ones that are US citizens!
That the left doesn't agree doesn't surprise me. After all, they ADORED the president who took a mass-murdering uber terrorist (responsible for thousands of deaths in at LEAST four countries), gave him a 'country' to run, and invited him to dinner at the White House 9-14 times! If the left will cheer for that, they'll cheer for anything.