“Let me not be understood as saying that there are no bad laws, nor that grievances may not arise for the redress of which no legal provisions have been made. I mean to say no such thing. But I do mean to say that although bad laws, if they exist, should be repealed as soon as possible, still, while they continue in force, for the sake of example they should be religiously observed.” – Abraham Lincoln
I start with that quote to make a point. Whether or not you feel immigration laws are unjust, they are the law and the must, without fail, be followed…or you are a felon.
Yesterday, across the country there were rallies and marches by immigrants (mainly Hispanic) to demand civil rights. The funny thing about demanding civil rights is that when you are permitted to define what civil rights are, you can demand anything you want.
These marchers / protesters were screaming for rights, demanding that we stop deportations immediately and allow everyone to stay in the country. All of this, while they were flying the flag of their home country.
One of the protesters in the Chicago rally stood up and declared that these immigrants are now the majority and they are going to take this country back. If that doesn’t send chills down your spine, I don’t know what will. Let me clarify that…this country belongs to natural born citizens, LEGAL immigrants and naturalized citizens….It is not the protesters country to “take back.” That sounds very militaristic.
Bottom line is this. If you are an illegal immigrant, you have broken our laws. PERIOD. There is no amnesty for you from the law. Think about this comparison – referring to the ILLEGAL immigrants as “undocumented citizens” is exactly the same as referring to a drug dealer as an “undocumented pharmacist”. There are penalties for breaking the law. As soon as we start letting one group break our laws without recourse, every other group is going to demand the same latitude to be permitted to break any law they wish.
Folks, if we don’t get out and vote in force, we are going to lose. Our side of this issue has never been racist, anti-immigrant or any of the many terms the other side uses to describe us. We all respect and welcome immigrants from every corner of the world. We just welcome them when they have followed our laws and have not broken into the country.