It looks like a situation in Chicago has arisen. Sounds like in one of the many sweeps, immigration officials have arrested a cleaning lady who was working at O'Hare International Airport. Her seven-year-old son is an American citizen. Now, she's taken sanctuary in a church.
So, we now face the specter of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents going into a church to make an arrest. Does anyone on the right remember the Elian Gonzalez raid? Do we want to see the same sort of thing done across the country, not just once, but hundreds or thousands of times? Of course, this is all being done in the name of "rule of law" - which was the same soundbite Janet Reno used to justify the early-morning SWAT-team raid that condemned Elian to life in Fidel Castro's Cuba six years ago. That was supposed to be the rationalization that we use to make the sick feeling we felt any decent person should have felt about the Elian Gonzalez raid. And it is what is now used to make us feel better about this, too.
Don't get me wrong, I'm for a secure border, but this is going too far. We have al-Qaeda terrorists and MS-13 gang members who seek to create havoc in our streets on the loose. There are drug smugglers and criminals in the US we need to chase that have done far, far worse than this lady - and some are American citizens.
Take a good look at the situation in Chicago. That is what the Tom Tancredo/James Sensenbrenner/Michelle Malkin/Sean Hannity/Laura Ingraham/National Review/Human Events hard-line, enforcement-only approach will create. Is sending SWAT teams or ICE agents into churches to root out cleaning ladies the sort of thing America should do? What sort of precedent are we setting if ICE goes in?
Take a look, America. This is the "principled" enforcement-only solution in all of its purported glory. Take a good, long, look at the fruits of the vision of the hard-liners.