Are you Kidding Me?

http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/05/14/georgia.student.immigration/index.html?hpt=T2

Take a look at the article located at the link above.  In it, an “undocumented Alien” (aka “Illegal Immigrant”) is a student in Georgia.  She has been here since she was 11 years old, brought here, I must assume, by her parents.

Recently, she was stopped for a traffic offense and found to be driving without a license.  The only documentation she had was an expired Mexican passport.

Her lawyers and supporters are screaming that she’s being discriminated against, since obviously, if she’s Mexican, that must be the only reason to “racially profile” here.

Let’s get something straight – the woman (20 years old, I think) is here illegally, has no drivers license or other valid ID, is driving a car on a public road, is enrolled at a university in Georgia, and was arrested for driving without a license.

How is that discrimination?  SHE HAS NO DRIVERS LICENSE YET IS DRIVING!!!

She is protesting a deportation order, and has been granted a one year delay to finish her studies.

While I sympathize with this young woman, who most likely had no say in being brought here, I believe that she (and her parents, assuming they’re illegal) should be deported.  If they want to come back here, they should go through the immigration process.

I’m thoroughly sick of people breaking our laws and then crying “discrimination” when caught.  Give me a break!  What an insult to the millions of legal immigrants who have followed the process as spelled out by the law.

To her supporters, I say, write your legislators and demand that they change the immigration laws, but that does not give anyone the right to pick and choose which laws they will follow.

Send her home to Mexico.

Illegal Immigrants want to be Legal

I read the article at the link below this morning in the Detroit Free Press, and was struck by the comment by Elena Herrada (a Detroit based activist for Latinos Unidos).

http://www.freep.com/article/20100430/NEWS05/4300342/1001/News/Immigration-reform-backers-to-rally

In her quoted comment, Herrada says “They don’t want to be considered criminals.  They want to be able to drive cars legally, have their parents safe….. They are right and they will win.”

This struck me as ironic, since if what illegal immigrants desire is legitimacy and legal rights, that is very easy to attain.  Just head on back to whatever country you’re a citizen of, where you have full rights and privileges of citizenship.

But, if you’re illegally here, you ARE a criminal, based on our laws, and you DON’T have the same rights as citizens of this country.

The article further describes seven students, of whom four are “undocumented” immigrants (i.e. “Illegal” immigrants), who are walking from Detroit to Ann Arbor to push for immigration reform.

Frankly, I have no issue whatever with the three students who ARE here legally protesting, making their views known, and participating in our democratic process.

I have a major problem with “undocumented” immigrants protesting anything, anywhere in this country.

I think immigration reform is definitely needed in this country, although I suspect my definition of “reform” may be different than that of the activists portrayed in this story.

If someone is here illegally, they should be deported, and the laws of our country upheld.  It’s pretty straightforward – as citizens, we don’t owe illegal trespassers anything.

And, again, for the record, I want to state categorically that I am strongly in favor of immigration, but it must be in accordance with our laws.

I have no ax to grind with Hispanics, Latinos, Mexicans, Asians, or any ethnic group represented by large numbers of illegal immigrants.

I have spent a lot of time in South America and Mexico, speak Spanish and Portuguese, have a tremendous amount of respect and affinity for the various Hispanic cultures and Hispanics, and my opposition to illegal immigration has absolutely nothing to do with where illegal immigrants come from.  It has everything to do with the fact that they are here illegally.

The bottom line is, if you want to drive legally here, you need to BE here legally.

If you are NOT here legally, you need to go home.

Immigration Enforcement in Arizona – My Thoughts

http://immigration.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000845

Some facts (based on reports from the Dept. of Homeland Security) about the demographics of illegal immigrants and where in the USA they live. Very interesting. Note that the illegal population of Arizona swelled from 330,000 to 560,000 from 2000 to 2008.

I’m posting this following the signing of the new Arizona law regarding police enforcement of immigration law.

From the numbers, you can see that the problem has worsened significantly (a 70% increase in the illegal population is a significant number).

Given the lack of effective Federal activity to contain this increase, Arizona has decided to try to do something about it.  There are a number of other states consulting with Arizona about how their law was drafted, and why, with the aim to copy Arizona’s lead.

While there are many people who are certain that this law will lead to racial profiling (of Hispanics), it is not clear that that is the intent or the outcome.  Obviously, only time will tell.

However, to those calling this law “racist”, you should know that by far, the largest number of illegal immigrants in the USA are Hispanic, with over 7 million (61%) from Mexico alone.

Another 1.65 million (14%) are from Central and South America, with the balance from Asia (about 8%) and other, unlisted countries.

While profiling, on its face, is odious and contrary to principles of fairness, the makeup of illegal immigrants’ demographics does lead to the question of how you stem illegal immigration if you can’t target populations that are more likely, based on statistics, to contain illegals.

I don’t know if what Arizona is doing is the answer, whether it’s constitutional, or whether it violates Federal laws.

I DO know that illegal immigrants and their facilitators (Coyotes, Employers, etc.) typically flout our laws with impunity, and frankly, I don’t appreciate it.

Unless and until our immigration laws are changed to make it easier to immigrate, enforcement should be strict.

I’ve seen on the news recently that illegals and their supporters are demonstrating for rights here in the USA.  Frankly, I find these demonstrations to be beyond offensive – we owe them nothing – they are here illegally, in violation of our laws and borders.

My personal opinion, by the way, is that immigration strengthens us as a nation, and the diversity created by allowing in different ethnic groups is good for us.  I am in favor of changing the rules.

But, until we do, I want the laws enforced, including arresting and deporting anyone who is here illegally.  If the Federal government is going to do it, then great.  If they’re not, someone else will (and should).