“Illegal” Immigration

I don’t know if it’s “entrapment” or “complicity”. Those who would cross our national boundaries without the legal documentation have been enticed into doing an illegal act (1) by employers who will look the other way and hire them; and (2) by the U.S. government that eased the way for them to enter by not enforcing the boundaries set in law to funnel them into a legal port of entry. The employers and the government are complicit in the crime of illegal immigration. The federal government is the law-breaker by default. The differing economic conditions on each side of the border set up the conditions for entrapment. I have not read the covering law. Our representatives, legislative, executive and judicial, are our servants. It seems to me that we all share the guilt by proxy.

Is it both a form of entrapment and  complicity as well? Or one but not the other? Or neither?  What is the legalese answer to the use of those terms in this case?

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Published in: on November 6, 2006 at 3:36 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. I think your ancestors, coming to this country, had a better entry because they had the wherewithal to do it. Those now entering illegally are probably mostly very poor, refugees from a country that has nothing for them economically. Except the chaos of drug interests which seem to me, what I have heard, to be supported by the wealth from the north capable of paying for the addictions of U.S. citizens. Some choice! We-a-culpa? Doing it by the book, as you say, shows little empathy for those poor folk bleeding your heart. Technically you may be right. But your comparing your ancestors to present “illegals” is the support you offer for your argument, and that is a false comparison, not reasonably supporting your technical correctness.

  2. Most people in America aren’t against immigration; they’re just against illegal immigration. For example, like most of our ancestors, my mother’s parents were immigrants. They came through Ellis Island and followed the various legal steps required in order to establish themselves as true citizens of this country. The immigrants crossing the Mexican border, however, have absolutely no interest in following these legal protocols. Once they cross the border, they change their names and/or purchase social security numbers in an effort to conceal their true identities from the law. It is not uncommon for an illegal immigrant to purchase not one, but two or more social security numbers, just in case one is flagged. I have witnessed this crime with my own eyes. (One day, a supposedly legal immigrant was asked to give their social security card to a receptionist for a job application and an interview. When the receptionist happened to ask to see the card a second time, the immigrant mistakenly handed over a different social security card with the same name on it, but with a completely different set of numbers…)

    Don’t get me wrong: I’m not against Hispanics. I have many Hispanic friends, but they either have green cards to work in the United States or have become legal citizens. They decided to follow the rule of law and work within the boundaries of our legal system. Unfortunately, many immigrants do not, and it is those particular individuals that we are most concerned about.

    Now it seems that those who sympathize with illegal immigrants wish to hijack the discussion of reform by attacking the law recently imposed by the State of Arizona through protests and boycotts; a state mind you, that has been besieged with crime, drugs and an ever-increasing population of illegal immigrants. Don’t allow them this option. Speak out and take action. This is your country… fight for it.

    In closing, I consider myself to be a bleeding-heart liberal: a Democrat. My ancestor, Roger Williams – the founder of Rhode Island and founder of the First Baptist Church in America, was one too; regarding the acceptance of different nationalities, cultures and religions as the vitality and lifeblood of any country. Nevertheless, I think that he would agree with me; that immigrants wishing to become legal citizens have not only the obligation, but the civil and legal responsibility to follow the rules of law established by any country in which they wish to become authentic citizens, just as our ancestors – both yours and mine – struggled so arduously and righteously to achieve.


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