By Ian Linker | The Save Jersey Blog
There has been much talk lately about a certain “Republican” presidential candidate’s plan to deport the more than 11 million illegal aliens in this country and their children, many of whom under current interpretation of the Constitution are citizens merely because they were born here. I guess it shouldn’t surprise me that so many Americans seemingly support this plan.
After all, throughout America’s history, segments of our population varying in size have been nativists, xenophobic, or bigoted.
But it does. How so many Americans can support deportation astonishes me.
But putting aside the practical difficulties of executing on such a plan and the billions of dollars it will cost us, don’t we have a moral obligation as a country not to simply discard these people, many of whom are only guilty of coming to the United States illegally because they wanted a better life for themselves and their family? How can we punish their children in such a manner? How can we cast these people out into a world where many of them don’t have homes to return to?
Don’t get me wrong. These people broke the law and should not get amnesty – period. And make no mistake. We are not talking about immigration, in general. Immigrants built this country and made it great. Illegal immigration is a different ballgame. But I digress.
Is it really amnesty if we make illegals pay for their transgression – a fine, perhaps? Indeed, government imposes fines all the time to punish those who break the law. Why is it any different in the case of illegal aliens? It isn’t.
Even if we can’t agree on how to deal with the illegals already here, there are plenty of things we can and should do to end the wave of illegal immigration and discourage those here illegally from staying. We must do more to secure the border. We must deport the illegals who commit crimes here – even minor offenses – and do more to ensure they never re-enter the country. We have far too many criminals of our own. We must shut down the so-called sanctuary cities. We must remove the incentives under the law for people to enter and stay illegally, including making it harder for employers to hire illegal aliens and to punish those that do and eliminating the government benefits illegals can get at the local, state, and federal levels of government.
And for crying out loud, we must enforce the law.
We must not lose sight of the consequences of our actions. Our government has turned its back on this burgeoning crisis for decades. There is much we can and should do, but we are better than this. Deporting millions of illegal aliens because we have finally awoken to the problems of having them here betrays our national ideals and should be rejected.