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Immigration Sophistry

Dan 292 Wrote: Apr 17, 2013 12:12 PM
There are certain rights and privileges granted to "We The People," that is to say, Citizens of this nation. Where in the constitution do these rights and privileges extend to those who have broken our laws to enter our land illegally? There are also certain rights and privileges extended to visitors, tourist, businessmen and students upon entering this country. Where are those rights extended to those who have breached our borders in opposition to our laws. We even have accommodation for those who come to us "Illegally" due to political threat or oppression. But, even that provision does not extend to those who simply flood our shores 'in want of a better life' while avoiding the pathway that all of our progenitors have taken.
Most laws are meant to stop people from doing something, and to penalize those who disregard those laws. More generally, laws are meant to protect the society from the law breakers.

But our immigration laws are different. Here the whole focus is on the "plight" of those who have broken the laws, and on what can be done to lift the stigma and ease the pressures they feel, so that they can "come out of the shadows" and "normalize" their lives.

Merely using the word "illegal" to describe their breaking the law is considered to be a sign of mean-spiritedness, if not racism....