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Old 07-29-2010, 07:27 AM
Location: Houston, TX
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For a long time now I have been reading in many different forums about how wrong it is to enforce existing immigration laws and now the big to-do over SB 1070 in Arizona. What totally eludes me though is why there is even a discussion at all about the "rightness" of enforcing existing laws. There have been laws on the books for a very long time that prohibit entering and being in this country without utililizing the existing immigration process. Just when did it become acceptable to turn a blind eye to the law of the land in this matter? Do we ignore laws about rape, murder or even driving too fast? Does anyone find it acceptable to simply choose to ignore laws against assault, robbery, kiddie porn or even income tax evasion? Obviously some people continue to break these laws with great regularity but the rest of us still look upon those perpetrators as criminals and have no problem when they are arrested and made to pay for their crimes. So why are so many so eager to take no issue with those who have entered this country in clear violation of federal statutes and rail against those who would seek to enforce those laws? None of us has the option to pick and choose the laws we will obey and to ignore those we just don't "like." Those who oppose the enforcement of our existing immigration laws say things like, "They're just here to earn a living and support their families," or "They do the jobs the rest of us don't really want to do." How is this justification for flagrantly thumbing their noses at the laws of the very country that they have illegally entered? The bottom line is that the law is the law and no one has the right to decide if it is a law that should be obeyed. I understand that those here illegally would not really see it this way but I will never understand everybody else who thinks we should not enforce our legally enacted laws against this activity.
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Old 07-29-2010, 08:06 AM
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True - all criminals are breaking laws because they believe that they are improving their lives in some way by carrying out the crime. Don't bank robbers rob banks because they want to better themselves with the money they get? Same for embezzlers and burglars. What about the mugger who just wants to buy shoes for his kids?

And enforcing laws like laws on rape, wife beating, murder obviously don't stop all rapes, wife beating, or murder -and not 100% of these criminals are caught - but we still expect enforcement of those laws.

Funny how the open borders crowd insists that if you can't deport 100% of illegals then none can ever be deported and all must be handed quick and easy citizenship through amnesty and that if some illegals still manage to get through, all enforcement of immigration laws must be dropped. Just let them pour in.
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