It’s not unusual for politicians on Capitol Hill to recognize citizens during hearings on legislation that would have a positive or negative impact on their lives.
But that tactic took a different turn this week when hundreds of illegal immigrants filled the largest hearing room in the Senate to openly participate in the proceedings.
And they did so without threat of arrest from the nation’s chief immigration law enforcement official who was sitting in the front row: Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
Isn’t this just our federal government’s approach to illegal immigration in a nutshell? Isn’t it?
Not only that, but it puts the fight against state immigration laws like SB1070 in Arizona and the new immigration bill passed just this week in South Carolina in stark perspective. Not only will our federal government denounce laws intended to ensure the deportation of illegal aliens stopped by law enforcement for further violation of the law–besides merely being here illegally–but that very same government will allow people blatantly spitting in the face of our immigration laws to roam the halls and sit in the committee room of the building that perhaps best represents the nature of the American representative republic.
It’s disgusting. I’ve said it before about May Day rallies and the like: I have no problem whatsoever with American citizens of Hispanic descent coming together to advocate for changes in the law–we enjoy such rights as American citizens–but anybody here illegally should be arrested on the spot.
The law is the law is the law. While I understand the practicality behind the “path to citizenship” prong of a good immigration policy–1. Close the borders; 2. Cut off the magnets; 3. Ensure that those already here are put in the back of the line for the legitimate immigration process–and that we cannot possibly round up and deport the 12 to 30 million illegal immigrants, at the very least those who actively flaunt their illegal status or further violate the laws of this nation (beyond their mere presence here, of course) need to be deported at once. Actively making their presence known, as illegal immigrants, on Capitol Hill should have been enough for mass arrests.
It’s time for us to start treating illegal immigration as the crime it is. Regardless of whether Democrats like Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who on May 26 chided Republicans for treating illegal immigration as a crime, believe in the rule of law or not.