Saying The Hard Thing
Immigration enforcement stuns Cleveland familiesWe are often accused of hating "brown folk" around here because of our zeal for stopping illegal immigration, which is predominantly, though certainly not exclusively a Mexican problem.
Those who shared Hasan Bakia's secret knew he was living in America on borrowed time. But they expected a warning, some chance at redemption, before a bitter end. The acclaimed geologist had earned his good-neighbor credentials after arriving from Albania in 1992. He found factory work, befriended seemingly half of Lakewood, and emerged as the leader of a growing Albanian immigrant community. Still, he lacked a more crucial credential: a current visa. On the night of Nov. 7, federal immigration agents seized Bakia and his wife, Mirjana, as they left their car outside a relative's apartment in Lakewood.
Well, this story gives us the details of an Albanian gentleman who by all appearances sounds like a good guy. The sort of person we'd most likely want as an immigrant. As there are without a doubt in the Mexican illegal immigrant community as well. I should know, after almost thirty years in the hospitality field and working with many, many illegal immigrants I've seen firsthand the good and the bad.
But here's the hard thing that needs to be said: If he's here illegally he needs to be deported, no questions asked. If he were the nicest person on the world he would still need to be deported.
Why? Because it's not about the individual, it never is or should be. One literally cannot run a country in that fashion without two things happening inexorably. The first is a diminution of respect for the rule of law, a point I presume we can all agree is an important undergirding in a Republican Democracy. The second point is that when the law is interpreted "compassionately" it leads always to corruption and abuse of the system.
While this guy sounds like a winner, by letting him stay we make it easier for those not so nice folks to barge in the exact same way. Which ultimately leads to lessened legal immigration when the truth finally breaks through the elite media cone of silence. Which it invariably does, everytime.
Another thing we are often accused of is a simplistic view of illegal aliens, that we presume all illegal aliens are bad people. Ironically it is those very elitists who oppose us who hold the simplistic view. I have worked with literally hundreds of illegal aliens, they are people, people from a different culture. Does that mean I think they're bad people?
No, I don't. What I think is that while many are fine upstanding folk, unfortunately a lot aren't. To my opponents on this issue, President Bush, Business elites, La Raza, various rabid commenters, seem to feel that all illegal aliens are issued halos at the border and are simply the best human beings on the planet.
Who has a simplified view? I freely admit that many of the people crossing the border illegally are fine people. Seeing as we live in a predominantly Hispanic area of Chicago we do have some notion of what we're talking about here, but we also see the downsides living in a sanctuary city.
To me it's never about the individual unless they commit a heinous crime above and beyond coming here illegally. As I used to say on my ill fated radio show, "My weasel word explanation is this -- it's not the individual, it's the aggregate."
Individual illegal immigrants pose no peculiar danger to this country. However, twenty million or more most certainly do, especially when backed by a narco-terrorist government seeking to import people here illegally for the purpose of wresting political control of this country for the stated purpose of using this country as a dumping ground for the people they cannot support so they don't have to change their retarded socialist policies which have been such an unbridled success.
Before anyone excretes a comment containing the acronym NAFTA? Let me just anticipate that by asking this question, what about previous to NAFTA? I don't like NAFTA either, but to pretend as if Mexico was some sort of economic powerhouse pre-NAFTA and NAFTA ruined that is at best a fantasy.
Yes, NAFTA has hurt the Mexican economy. Know what's hurt the Mexican economy worse? Here's a hint, it's the same thing that's been holding back the Mexican economy for as long as Mexico has had an economy.
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Mexicans! And their retarded love of socialism.
Not one person on the face of the earth has a right to come to this country, not one. It is my belief that we allow so many in now that the precious gift of American citizenship has been degraded in valuation, and the proper way to increase respect would not be bending over and asking if we might have another.
Saying the hard thing, it's something that's sadly gone out of style in this country.
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