The Definition of Illegal

The U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Arizona immigration law seems perfectly reasonable. Clearly, the Constitution gives control of immigration to the Federal Government; it would be unworkable to allow the states to decide who is in their domain legally. Constitutionally, it’s not really a close call.

Everybody knows the reason Arizona and other states passed such laws: Hint – it’s not racism. No, it is because the Federal Government has refused to enforce Federal immigration laws, and not only Obama and the Democrats. Back in 1986, Congress passed the Simpson-Mazzoli Act which was signed by Ronald Reagan. It was supposed to curb illegal immigration by:

requiring employers to attest to their employees’ immigration status,
making it illegal to knowingly hire or recruit unauthorized immigrants, and it
granted amnesty to certain seasonal agricultural illegal immigrants and
to illegal immigrants who entered the United States before January 1, 1982 and had resided here continuously.

If that “bi-partisan” law had worked, Arizonans would not have felt the need to pass its law and the Supreme Court would not have had to rule. Since 1986, the number of illegal immigrants in the U.S., now 4% of the population, has increased exponentially.

The fact is that lots of people benefit from illegal immigrants. Businesses benefit from cheap labor, working couples have easy access to inexpensive child care provided by “nannies” who are often in the country illegally, and the Democrats have yet another interest group to whom they can pander.

What really interests me is why Latinos who are American citizens or who are here legally, having played by the rules, are supportive of people who have not played by the rules. Why do so many Hispanics want to give such law breakers “amnesty,” and why do they vote for politicians who pander to them so nakedly?

I used to ask black acquaintances and friends why they direct so much anger at cops whose job it is to prevent crime rather than directing their anger at the large and disproportionate number of young, black men who commit the types of crimes people fear most: murder, rape, theft and assault. Such a question was and is considered racist.

Did Jews get angry over the prosecution and imprisonment of Bernie Madoff and Jack Abramoff? Jews may be ashamed that Madoff and Abramoff are Jewish, but they don’t claim that they are victims of racist prosecutors. Nor would they have cheered had Madoff or Abramoff been acquitted as many blacks did when O.J. Simpson was declared “not guilty” of double murder.

Many Italians object to their being portrayed in movies as gangsters, but they don’t complain when real-life Italian gangsters are imprisoned for their crimes. At least not yet.

George W. Bush’s immigration reform bill, which was similar to the ineffective 1986 law, went down to defeat because a significant number of Americans wanted nothing more than that the government enforce the law. Being in the country illegally is, uh, illegal.

What about that don’t politicians and many Hispanics understand?

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