Vigilantes In Uniform
State police in two counties in New Hampshire have been using a minor state law of trespass to charge people suspected to be undocumented. About a dozen people have been charged with trespass to date (at this time we do not know whether the federal agencies authorized to prevent racial profiling by state law enforcement organizations have begun any investigations of possible federal misconduct by the NH police). In the unlikely event that someone is found guilty of trespass because of being undocumented, NH law does not provide jail time for that offense. According to the July 13th issue of the New York Times, at the state trial, the judge asked the prosecutor "How is national security or even local security enhanced by giving someone a citation?" It is clear that those who want local enforcement of federal immigration laws have no concern with national security and are motivated only to harass the undocumented in the misguided hope that such harrassment would cause the undocumented to return to their countries of origin. Such misunderstanding goes all the way up to House Majority Leader Rep. DeLay who was quoted in a report in Business Week's July 4th issue as saying, "we have to be very clear ... about protecting our borders before we start talking about immigration reform". Contrary to Rep. DeLay's belief, border protection is literally impossible without large-scale immigration benefit legislation. It is regrettable that due to Congressional, and to some degree popular, misunderstanding about the relative order of security policy and immigration policy, vigilantes in America are now in uniform, at least in NH. The ball is clearly in Congress's court.
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Prof. Yes's idea published in his letter to the Editor (07/13/05 ID)
seems to welcome illegal immigration by suggesting four points. Prof.
Yes should know that once the 10 million illegal aliens now living in
the US are legalized, there would be again 20 million illegals in 20
years' time. We have experience that the 1986 Amnesty did not succeed
and as a result we have now 10 million illegals. Children born to
illegals should be regarded as illegals. Children born to foreign
diplomats staying in the US are also not to be given automatic
citizenship. They are citizens of their own country according to
international law. The question of granting legal residency to the
illegal parents does not naturally arise since they are already
illegals. The idea of giving opportunity to become legal permanent
resident to the illegals staying here for over 7 years is not
reasonable and acceptable, because it will be unfair and unjust to
those who have been waiting abroad for more than a decade for
availability of immigrant visa number. They are in millions eagerly
waiting to come legally to the US, and have also been separating from
their family members for a decade. The illegal aliens are not
contributors to the US, but they are mostly taking benefits from our tax
paid money. They are getting education and health benefits on the same
level as we are. The present illegal aliens problem will not be
resolved until they are deported to their own country. I think we have
laws for this. Ours is a big country, but it does not mean that we
should welcome all the people of the poor countries of the world.
In response to Prof. Yes's letter to the Editor (7/13/05 ID), his letter actually made four good suggestions of how to go about illegal immigration in the US. The authorities concerned should look into the possibility of improving the situation of the undocumented people in the USA.
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