Monday, April 03, 2006

Illegal Immigration is NOT a Civil Right

I got a very interesting anonymous comment in the "Quote of the Week" post. The underlying question was, if it was okay for Rosa parks to break the law when she wouldn't give up her seat, why isn't it okay for illegal immigrants to want to be treated fairly?

The sights and sounds of students (and illegals) marching around the country holding Mexican flags and chanting "Mexico, Mexico!" was a lot to stomach. You know our country has fallen when illegals have the nerve to demand special rights (and laws) that favor them and no one bothers to detain any of those marching. Arrogance doesn't even begin to cover it. Even Caesar Chavez (on whose day many were marching) was AGAINST illegal immigration because he knew how much it hurt legal migrant workers. But, like the saying goes, ignorance is bliss.

Now some would say, "Couldn't this same thing be said about Blacks in the 1960's?" Well, no, not quite. Contrary to popular belief, being Black isn't a crime. To my knowledge, there are no laws that say now (or even back then) that you COULD NOT be born Black. There were stautes that sought to maintain Blacks as second-class citizens and mistreat them, but being Black wasn't illegal in and of itself. And eventually the Supreme Court, and the country, agreed that these laws were fundamentally unfair.

However, there are laws that say entering this country without permission IS illegal. Despite the reasons or excuses, no one has the "right" to cross our borders illegally. I don't care how good a job you may have waiting for you, it's STILL illegal.

To equate illegal immigration with the civil rights struggles of the 1950's and 1960's is deeply insulting to those who fought so hard for our rights as legal American citizens.

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