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Immigration Sophistry

Tim341 Wrote: Apr 17, 2013 2:06 PM
Immigration is already easy, 1 million a year do it plus millions more guest workers. It's just that illegal labor is cheaper for some businesses. According to your position we should eliminate the laws against slavery and child labor.
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....