Wednesday, August 16, 2006

The fruits of "enforcement-only"

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.

8 comments:

Gaussia said...

What are you talking about? Enforcement hasn't happened in this case and widespread lack of enforcement is the very reason this is happening at all. This woman knows that all you need to do to get La Migra off of your back these days is to put up a minor public relations hurdle. Once you do that, you're good as gold. Does this woman really deserve priority for immigration to the U.S. over the many millions of others all around the world that would love to come here?

Harold C. Hutchison said...

There is a seven-year-old boy who happens to be a U.S. citizen. He just happens to be her son.

And think this over... if you get what you want, this will happen hundreds of times - and I figure that is a conservative estimate.

SJ Reidhead said...

Can you imagine the hate this sort of thing is going to breed in the hearts and minds of all those children? If Tancredo, etc. have their way, I shudder to think what is going to happen here when these children grow up and start coming to power. It isn't going to be pretty.

I keep asking one question: Have these strict anti-immigration people even bothered to calculate the cost to our society - financially - when we start putting all these kids into foster care? Talk about illegals over-running the system now. This sort of thing is going to crash it.

The Pink Flamingo

dark aspect said...

Well said, hutch. We have far bigger things to worry about than cleaning ladies.

Aitch748 said...

I have to agree with Harold. If this woman were committing a full-blown felony -- if she had committed embezzlement or had assaulted someone with a deadly weapon -- then I could see taking the kid's mother away. But last time I heard, an illegal alien is committing a MISDEMEANOR by being here (unless of course she's been deported at least once and then re-entered the country). Break up a family because the parent committed a misdemeanor? Deport the woman but keep the kid in the country, because the woman committed a misdemeanor? There's got to be a better way than that. Or do some people want to break up families over other misdemeanors like speeding? Or is there something especially awful about THIS misdemeanor in particular, about immigrating to this country illegally, about simply being here in this country without a voting card and a Social Security number, something that calls for drastic measures, something that calls for deporting parents but keeping their children in the country?

Gaussia said...

Yeah, I can imagine what the children of deported mothers will think. It will be the same sort of thing that children of illegal mothers in Japan or Switzerland who are deported think: "yeah, my mom broke immigration law, so she was deported. It would be nice if she were here, but I see now that you don't break laws just because you don't like them."

This country is the softest on the entire planet when it comes to illegal immigration.

Gaussia said...

I'd also like to point out that Walter 'Slim' Coleman, the humble pastor of the church in question, is married to Emma Lozano, the founder and president of Pueblo Sin Fronteras (Town Without Borders).

Ken Prescott said...

Yeah, I can imagine what the children of deported mothers will think. It will be the same sort of thing that children of illegal mothers in Japan or Switzerland who are deported think: "yeah, my mom broke immigration law, so she was deported. It would be nice if she were here, but I see now that you don't break laws just because you don't like them."

Japan and Switzerland throw the children out, too. We don't.