I’m an American. Thus, I view all of our policy decisions through the lens of an American; with every new policy, I ask, “How does this benefit America’s interests?” Likewise, I sincerely hope citizens of Brazil ask themselves, “How does this policy benefit Brazil’s interests?” I am not a citizen of the world, I am an American. And while I whole-heartedly understand other nations’ predicaments, I am infinitely more concerned with the plight of Americans. That’s how it should be.
That’s why I don’t relate well to people who favor amnesty or a “look the other way” policy on illegal immigration. I talk to these saps, and they tell me how these poor immigrants are coming to America for opportunity. That may be. I hope they get that opportunity- once they go through the immigration process. Why are we accommodating the lifestyles of millions of illegal immigrants, whose very existence in our country is illegal?
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has proposed a plan to provide illegals with official city photo identification card that could also be used as a prepaid ATM card for their private bank account. The proponents of such a plan claim that this will help illegals as it will eliminate the need to deal in cash and will grant them greater access to government services. Leading me to wonder, “Why are we looking to make is easier to be an illegal?”
There is a fundamental disconnect between those that favor open immigration and those that favor cracking down on illegal immigration; while I encourage discussion, so long as we have laws on the books, they should be enforced! Why are we even considering any measure that would make it easier for a criminal to further their criminal actions? People are free to feel that it should not be a crime, but the fact of the matter is that being here illegally is a crime, and it should be treated accordingly. If someone sneaks into my home, I tell them to leave. I don’t offer them coffee and look to make their stay more enjoyable.
The City Council is expected to discuss the issue Tuesday, but with 4.3 million illegals in Los Angeles, it is likely to pass.
There is one thing I don’t understand, however:
We hear incessantly from the left of how ID laws for voting are disenfranchising to immigrants because it is, apparently, too difficult to obtain an ID. However, when it comes to making illegals’ lives easier and affording them an ID so as to streamline their mooching off the system, then it’s no big deal. We refuse to protect the most sacred and central aspect of Representative Democracy, but are willing to aid in the continuation of criminal activity on a massive scale. That sounds about right…